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Louis Langree
Louis Langrée
Louis Langrée
Louis Langrée
Background information
Born (1961-01-11) January 11, 1961 (age 59)
Mulhouse, France
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival, Opéra National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège

Louis Langrée (born 11 January 1961 in Mulhouse) is a French conductor. He is the son of organist and theorist Alain Langrée. One of his sisters is an amateur cellist.[1]


Early years

Langrée studied at the Strasbourg Conservatory, but had no formal academic training in conducting.[1] He began his career as a vocal coach and assistant at the Opéra National de Lyon, from 1983 to 1986.[1] He then worked as an assistant conductor at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and held a comparable post with the Bayreuth Festival. From 1989 to 1992, he was an assistant conductor with l'Orchestre de Paris.

UK and Europe

In Europe and the UK, Langrée has been music director of the Orchestre de Picardie (1993-1998), the Opéra National de Lyon (1998-2000), Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1998-2003), and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège (2001-2006). In June 2011, Langrée was named principal conductor of the Camerata Salzburg, effective September 2011, with an initial contract of 5 seasons.[2]

United States

Langrée made his first US conducting appearance in 1991 at the Spoleto Festival USA. In December 2002, he was named music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center, New York City),[3] and formally took up the post in the summer of 2003. In March 2005, his initial contract with Mostly Mozart was extended to 2008.[4] His contract with Mostly Mozart, previously through 2017,[5] was further extended, in April 2017, through 2020.[6] In July 2019, the festival announced the extension of Langrée's contract through 2023.[7]

Langrée first guest-conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in March 2011. Based on that appearance, in April 2012, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra appointed Langrée its 13th music director, as of the 2013-2014 season, with an initial contract of 4 years. He assumed the title of music director designate with immediate effect.[8][9] In March 2015, the Cincinnati Symphony announced the extension of Langrée's contract as music director through the 2019-2020 season.[10] In February 2017, the orchestra further extended his Cincinnati contract through the 2021-2022 season.[11] In January 2020, the Cincinnati Symphony announced the newest extension of his contract, through the 2023-2024 season.[12]


Langrée has made several recordings for Virgin Classics, with the Orchestra of the Opera National de Lyon,[13] the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Camerata Salzburg and Le Concert d'Astrée. With the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, he has recorded for Universal/Accord symphonies of Franck and Chausson, piano concertos of Liszt, Ravel and Schulhoff (soloist, Claire-Marie Le Guay), and for the Cypress label, works for clarinet and orchestra by Mozart, Rossini and Weber (soloist, Jean-Luc Votano). Several of his recordings have received awards, including the Victoire de la musique, MIDEM, Diapason d'Or, and Gramophone awards. Langrée was a co-recipient of the Best Musical Achievement for Opera award from the Royal Philharmonic Society for his conducting of the 2001 Glyndebourne Opera production of Fidelio. In 2007, he was a winner of the Grand Prix Antoine Livio de la Presse Musicale Internationale. With the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Langrée has recorded music commissioned for the orchestra by Zhou Tian, Thierry Escaich, and Sebastian Currier.

Personal life

Langrée and his wife Aimée Clark Langrée, a writer for French television, have two children. The family resides in Cincinnati.[10] In 2006, Langrée was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.


  1. ^ a b c James R. Oestreich (1 August 2003). "A New Spin (And Hand) For 'Mozart'". New York Times. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Louis Langrée neuer Chefdirigent der Camerata Salzburg" (Press release). Camerata Salzburg. 11 June 2011. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Robin Pogrebin (11 December 2002). "Mostly Mozart Appoints Music Director". New York Times. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Ben Mattison (17 March 2005). "Mostly Mozart Announces 2005 Season Plans, Extends Contract of Music Director Louis Langrée". Playbill Arts. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Allan Kozinn (2014-07-29). "Langrée Signs On for More Mostly Mozart". New York Times. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Michael Cooper (2017-04-19). "This Summer Brings Mostly Mozart, With a Side of Schubert". New York Times. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Clément Buzalka (2019-07-23). "Louis Langrée prolonge son aventure new yorkaise". France Musique. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Louis Langrée Named Next CSO Music Director" (Press release). Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Janelle Gelfand (2012-04-24). "French conductor named CSO music director". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b Janelle Gelfand (2015-03-06). "CSO extends Louis Langrée's contract until 2020". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Janelle Gelfand (2017-02-26). "Langrée to stay with CSO through 2022". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Janelle Gelfand (2020-01-12). "Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra extends director Langrée's contract". Cincinnati Business Courier. Retrieved .
  13. ^ James R. Oestreich (7 February 2003). "Fiery Romantic, Burning Alone: The Ever-Original Berlioz". New York Times. Retrieved .

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Patrick Fournillier
Music Director, Orchestre de Picardie
Succeeded by
Edmon Colomer
Preceded by
Kent Nagano
Music Director, Opéra National de Lyon
Succeeded by
Iván Fischer
Preceded by
Ivor Bolton
Music Director, Glyndebourne Touring Opera
Succeeded by
Edward Gardner
Preceded by
Pierre Bartholomée
Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
Succeeded by
Pascal Rophé
Preceded by
Gerard Schwarz
Music Director, Mostly Mozart Festival
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Leonidas Kavakos
Principal Conductor, Camerata Salzburg
Succeeded by

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