A restlessly intelligent maverick.
Under Roth's needle-sharp direction these interpretations dazzle … with rhythmic verve, insouciant accentuation, energy, humour and elan. Virtuosity and verve shine from every bar.
Reviews of François-Xavier Roth’s regularly praised recordings in our pages all hint at one thing: there’s never anything routine about his approach, the sound or the vision.
- Gürzenich-Kapellmeister und Generalmusikdirektor der Stadt Köln
- Artistic Director, Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth is one of today's most charismatic and enterprising conductors. With a reputation for enterprising programming, his incisive approach and inspiring leadership are valued around the world.
He is working with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, Royal Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle. He takes up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season, leading a three-concert series marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Debussy.
Engagement with new audiences and new music are an essential aspect of François-Xavier Roth’s work: conductor of the ground-breaking LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme and, with the Festival Berlioz and Les Siècles, founder of the Jeune Orchestre Européen Hector Berlioz, an orchestra-academy with its own collection of period instruments. The Gürzenich Orchestra’s Ohrenauf! youth programme recently received a Junge Ohren Produktion Award.
His third Cologne opera season will feature new productions of Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, marking the centenary of the composer’s birth in Cologne. With the Gürzenich Orchestra, he continues a focus on the composer Philippe Manoury, from whom the orchestra has commissioned a trilogy of works. Following a successful tour of Asia last Spring, they will visit Spain in 2018.
- François-Xavier Roth - Discography - May 2017 (4.69MB, PDF)
François-Xavier Roth appointed LSO Principal Guest Conductor7 March 2017
Roth and Gürzenich complete Asia tour7 February 2017
Roth and Les Siècles release Ligeti CD and open Cartagena Festival6 January 2017
Grégoire Pont and Les Siècles celebrate double debuts at SBC!François-Xavier Roth's stimulating French programme 2 November 2016
François-Xavier Roth - a concentrated season opening in Cologne11 October 2016
Fond farewells in Freiburg for RothOrchestra merger ends 70 years of history 14 July 2016
Maestro Arts at the Aldeburgh Festival8 June 2016
A Rite triumph for François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècleswith the Pina Bausch Dance Theatre in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring performed in the Roman Arena, Nimes 6 June 2016
François-Xavier Roth New CD and ConcertsLSO Panufnik Scheme and LSO Futures 28 February 2016
François-Xavier Roth / Les Siècles Stravinsky CD wins Deutschenschallplattenkritik Prize4 January 2016
François-Xavier Roth success in Berlin Philharmonic debut3 December 2015
François-Xavier Roth premieres Benvenuto Cellini in Cologne15 November 2015
François-Xavier Roth conducts first concerts in Cologne as General Music Director2 September 2015
- Ravel: Une barque sur l’océan / Debussy: La mer
- Unsuk Chin: Le Silence des Sirènes
- Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
- Bruckner: Symphony no.4
- Bartók: Viola Concerto
- Debussy: Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune
- Bruckner: Symphony no.4
- Ta ta ta taaaaa! - Beethoven's 5th
- Rameau: Les indes galantes
- Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
- François-Xavier Roth takes the Horn Challenge!