François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich Orchestra (detail) View full image

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
  • 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. Over the next two seasons he curates a series, with the London Symphony Orchestra, exploring the musical legacy of the post-Romantic period.

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 second Cologne opera season features a Ravel double bill, revival and tour of Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. With the Gürzenich Orchestra, he continues a focus on composer Philippe Manoury, from whom the orchestra has commissioned a trilogy of works, and led a successful tour of Asia in February 2017.

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