Lionel Bringuier © Simon Pauly

Lionel Bringuier

Lionel Bringuier has already travelled extensively around the globe at the invitation of symphony and chamber orchestras as well as opera houses. In the 2023/24 season, he will continue the position of Artiste Associé in his home city with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. This special position gives him the opportunity to curate a series of special programmes, which he also conducts, and to invite several of his closest musical partners, which this season include Khatia Buniatishvili, Philippe Bianconi, Daniel Müller-Schott, Renaud Capuçon and Alexandre Tharaud.
Lionel Bringuier, who is well known throughout Europe and was most recently Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from 2014 to 2018, previously held positions with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid, the Orchestre de Bretagne and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. In the 2023/24 season, concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Metz are on the programme. Further highlights of this season include engagements in the USA with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn School Orchestra as well as with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra.

Over the past ten years, Lionel Bringuier has built a close relationship with many orchestras through his work across North America. In the 2021/22 season, he has worked with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and at the Aspen Music Festival. He is also busy in Asia: he regularly conducts the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and works with the philharmonic orchestras of Seoul and Malaysia. In 2019, he returned to Australia for a programme of Russian music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted a French programme with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth.
Lionel Bringuier works regularly with Yuja Wang, with whom he recorded Ravel's Piano Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon (DG) as part of a complete cycle of the composer's works. Other recordings include Chopin with Nelson Freire (DG) and Saint-Saëns with Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon (Erato), who are also regular partners. He works closely with some of the world's finest instrumentalists, including Lisa Batiashvili, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes and Janine Jansen.

Lionel Bringuier comes from a family of musicians and studied cello and conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris. Just one year after graduating, he won the prestigious international competition for young conductors in Besançon. He is passionate about education, public relations and developing the careers of young conductors and soloists. In September 2020, he sat on the jury of La Maestra, the first international conducting competition for women, and also works with schools in his hometown of Nice to introduce children to classical music and orchestral experiences.

Lionel Bringuier was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite by the French government and honoured with the Gold Medal of the Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco and the Gold Medal of the City of Nice.