Biography

Florent DIDIER, Chef d'orchestre, Conductor

 

A sensitive and passionate conductor, Florent Didier conducts Symphony Orchestras, Contemporary and Multifaceted Ensembles, Choirs, Wind Bands and Brass Bands in France, Scandinavia, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Asia, among others. Laureate of various international competitions, he is now asked to conduct on some major international scenes such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium de Radio-France, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Oslo Konserthus, the Konzerthaus Freiburg, the Bergen Grieghallen, the Suwon SK Artrium Concert Hall, the Perth Concert Hall, the Chiayi City Concert Hall, the Kursaal Oostende, the Sage Gateshead, the Nouveau Siècle-Lille, the Montreux Stravinsky Auditorium, to quote but a few. He takes part in numerous festivals in France and abroad : Festival de St Denis, Festival of La Chaise-Dieu, Festival Ravel, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Festival de Monte Carlo, Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato (Mexico), but also in Lebanon, Egypt, Switzerland, Algeria, Austria, Spain and Israel. He will soon conduct in Norway, Switzerland, England and Japan. 

Florent has recently made his conducting debut with Ars Nova (Festival Images Sonores, pieces by Reich, Glass, Adams) and with the Ensemble 2e2m, a contemporary renowned music ensemble, with which he is now regularly asked to conduct at Radio France, France Musique, Studio de l’Ermitage, CRR in Paris, for instance. Lately, he assisted F.X Roth with the Gürzenich Orchestrer Köln. He conducted the Maîtrise de Radio France at the Auditorium de Radio France during the premiere of Ecce Homo, Ecce Paris by Olivier Calmel, performs or carries out projects such as Couleurs françaises at the Bergen University, Sous Apparence, a show by Marie Agnès Gillot for the Paris Opera Ballet – on a Brückner, Feldman and Ligeti music – in relation to a cover of Un jour ou deux by Merce Cunningham on a John Cage music, Paris et son modernisme via the creation of Hypercube by Olivier Waespi, Horrorshow by Simon Dobson after the Bataclan theatre massacre in Paris and also Life by F. Cali. 

Here are but a few examples of the plurality of his projects : Chat Perché by P. Singier – Amphithéâtre of the Opéra Bastille, Opéras de Rennes, Angers, Orléans, Vevey – La langue d’après Babel, a creation for a Western contemporary ensemble and a traditional African ensemble by Sylvain Kassap, Zajal by Zad Moutalka at the Printemps de Beyrouth and Festival d’Ile de France, Aks by Pascal Dusapin at the Collège de France, Staahaadler Affenstall by Oleh Omelchuk, Lost Prayer Book by O. Adamek for mouth organ and ensemble at the Philharmonie de Paris, Brückner and Messiaen programs at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, Xenakis – Henze – Schreier programs at the Grand Théâtre d’Aix en Provence, On Air by B. Chassaing (Radio France premiere), Geek Bagatelles by B. Cavanna for orchestra and smartphone choir, and so on. 

He trains futur professionals musicians in various international summer academies as in Larmor or St. Jean de Luz. He conducted the 2022 session of the European Youth Brass Band in Birmingham, and he’ll conduct at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2023. As a member of the French Ministry of Culture / Philharmonie de Paris steering committee for the Apprentissages collectifs de la musique symposium in December 2020, he is also a trainer for the Philharmonie de Paris. He is currently managing a pedagogical project for the young audiences on L’Opera (forse) by Francesco Filidei.

Florent was the Musical and Artistic Director of the Paris Brass Band from 2008 to 2020, he is Professor of Conducting and Director of orchestras at the Creteil Regional Conservatory. He actively takes part in the Démos Philharmonie de Paris project and he regularly gives masterclasses or is a jury member at French and international contests (CNSM, Norway, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark…). He is the Artistic Director of the Metalak Euskal Herrian and the Principal Trombone of the French Air Force Band and Ensemble 2e2m. He holds two DFS and got a Master’s degree in Musicology as well as in Music teaching, after training at Reims University and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSMD) both in Paris and in Lyon.

During the summer 2021, Florent DIDIER was honoured with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an award given by the French Minister of Culture.