If he hasn’t already got the nickname Special FX, then Roth should adopt it … empathetic musicality and flair for colour, sometimes conjuring up such startling touches that the players look stunned.
Like the difference between a sparkling fruity champagne and an old, long stored red wine … a seductive bouquet of strong, warm and velvety nature smells, noble woody notes and dark, full colours.
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.
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, Munich Philharmonic and Zurich Tonhalle.
Taking up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season, he leads a three concert series exploring Debussy, his influences and his legacy, marking the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.
In his third season as GMD in Cologne, he features new productions of Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann. With the Gürzenich Orchestra, he continues a focus on the composer Philippe Manoury, from whom the orchestra has commissioned a trilogy of works, the second of which, a Flute Concerto, will receive its premiere with Emmanuel Pahud.
A tireless champion of contemporary music, Roth is conductor of the ground-breaking LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme. He has premiered works by Yann Robin, Georg-Friedrich Haas and Simon Steen-Anderson and collaborated with composers like Pierre Boulez, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann and Helmut Lachenmann.
- Gürzenich-Kapellmeister und Generalmusikdirektor der Stadt Köln
- Artistic Director, Les Siècles
- Principal Guest Conductor, London Symphony Orchestra
- Artiste Associé, Philharmonie de Paris
- François-Xavier Roth - Discography - Mar 2018 (5.4MB, PDF)
Les Siècles nominated for Gramophone Orchestra of the YearRegister your vote now! 18 June 2018
NewsletterSignings, Awards and CDs 4 May 2018
Huge acclaim for François-Xavier Roth and Die Soldaten in Köln4 May 2018
Acclaim for François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles' new Ravel CD30 April 2018
François-Xavier Roth leads centenary production of Die Soldaten in Köln26 April 2018
Dual honours for François-Xavier Roth30 January 2018
Two new albums from François-Xavier Roth attract acclaim2 December 2017
Roth's double dates in Berlin!30 November 2017
Roth and Kinmonth bring Dresden version of Tannhäuser to Cologne22 September 2017
François-Xavier Roth awarded Légion d'honneur17 July 2017
Five fabulous days of opera openings for Maestro Arts' artists!6 June 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
- Delibes: Duo des fleurs (Flower Duet) from Lakmé
- François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles play Boulez and Debussy
- François-Xavier Roth speaking about his work (in French)
- Bruckner: Symphony no.3 (1st version 1872-73)
- Ligeti: Violin Concerto
- Bruckner: Symphony no.8 (1890)
- Lachenmann: Tableau
- François-Xavier Roth on recording Daphnis et Chloé
- Saint-Saëns: Le Timbre d'argent
- 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 (3rd Movement)
- Bartók: Viola Concerto
- Debussy: Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune
- Ta ta ta taaaaa! - Beethoven's 5th
- François-Xavier Roth takes the Horn Challenge!
- Bruckner: Symphony no.4
- Rameau: Les Indes galantes
- Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring