Lionel Bringuier is Chief Conductor and Music Director designate of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, beginning in the 2014-15 season. He served as resident conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for six years. Having dedicated his early musical life to the cello, he studied at the Paris Conservatory with Philippe Muller, before beginning his conducting studies with Zsolt Nagy in 2000. Mr. Bringuier has also participated in master classes with Peter Eötvös and Janos Fürst. In 2004, he obtained his diploma in cello and conducting, and he was the winner of the 49th Besançon International Young Conductor’s Competition in 2005.
The 2013-14 season will see Mr. Bringuier conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He will also make debut performances with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony; these performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut. Mr. Bringuier regularly conducts the works of living composers; this season will include a notable performance of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et chantefables with the Swedish Radio Symphony, celebrating the composer’s centenary.
Mr. Bringuier made his BBC Proms debut at the age of twenty-three with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, performing Roussel’s Symphony No. 3. A DVD of this performance was produced by Bel Air Classiques and was released in March 2013. He recently released a CD with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for Virgin Classics, featuring works of Saint-Saëns with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. His first CD release featured works of Vincent d’Indy with the Orchestre Bretagne.
Mr. Bringuier’s distinctions include the Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les felicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco, the Médaille d’or from the Lord Mayor of Nice, as well as first prize in a competition organized by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava. Mr. Bringuier has also received prizes from the Swiss Foundation Langart and the Cziffra Foundation.