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A restlessly intelligent maverick.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

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.

Richard Morrison, The Times

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.

Mark Cullingford, The Gramophone
  • 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.


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