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.
- 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.
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