François-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth (born 6 November 1971) is a French conductor, who founded Les Siècles, an orchestra which performs on instruments appropriate to the period of composition of each piece, from late Baroque and Classical to 20th century music.

François-Xavier Roth
François-Xavier Roth en 2009.JPG
Roth in 2009
Born (1971-11-06) 6 November 1971 (age 49)
Occupation
  • Conductor
  • flautist
Organization
Parent(s)Daniel Roth
Websitefxroth.com

BiographyEdit

Roth is the son of the organist Daniel Roth. His brother Vincent Roth is a violist.[1] Before turning to conducting, François was a flautist.[2] Roth graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where his teachers included Alain Marion for flute and János Fürst for conducting.[3]

In 2000, Roth won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, which led to a 2-year appointment as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as an assistant conductor to John Eliot Gardiner.[4] In 2003, he founded Les Siècles, an orchestra which performs on instruments appropriate to the period of composition of each piece, from late Baroque and Classical to 20th century music, such as Ravel.[3] With Les Siècles, he has given concerts in France, Italy, Germany, England and Japan, appearing at the Proms in London. To mark the centenary of The Rite of Spring in 2013, the orchestra performed the work on period instruments at the BBC Proms and the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. Roth and Les Siècles have devised their own television series for France 2 entitled Presto!, which ran for three years and attracted audiences of over three million viewers.[3] Roth has involved Les Siècles in community music initiatives, including sponsorship of orchestra and choir groups in the Société générale.[3] With Les Siècles, Roth conducted the first revival of 100 years of Le Timbre d'argent.

Roth was Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2008 to 2012. He was Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège (OPL) for the 2009-2010 season.[5] In September 2011, Roth became Principal Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. In February 2014, the orchestra announced the extension of Roth's SWR orchestra contract through the 2015-2016 season.[6] In the same month, February 2014, the city of Cologne announced the appointment of Roth as its next Generalmusikdirektor (GMD), which includes duties as Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and chief conductor of the Cologne Opera, effective 1 September 2015, with an initial contract of 5 years.[7][8][9] In October 2018, his contract with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Cologne Opera was extended to 2022.[10]

Roth was the last chief conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, before its merger with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart to form the SWR Symphonieorchester. He conducted the final concert of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg on 17 July 2016 in Freiburg.[11][12] In March 2017, the London Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Roth as its new principal guest conductor, effective September 2017.[13]

Roth was created a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in the Bastille Day Honours List 2017.[14] In January 2018, Roth was nominated "Artiste associé" at the Philharmonie de Paris, which is also linked to his work with the children's orchestra Démos, an initiative based on the model of El Sistema.[3]

Roth's son Félix Roth is a musician and French horn player.[1]

Selected discographyEdit

  • Jean-Louis Agobet, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Timpani Records, 2005
  • Presto, Les Siècles, Mirare, 2007
  • Bizet, Chabrier, Les Siècles, Mirare - Diapason Découverte, 2012
  • Saint-Saëns - Chausson - Ysaÿe, Tedi Papavrami (violin), Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Aeon, 2009
  • Thierry Pécou - La Symphonie du Jaguar, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Harmonia Mundi, 2009
  • Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2010
  • Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 4 / Symphony No. 3; Jean-François Heisser, piano - Daniel Roth, organ - Les Siècles, "Les Siècles Live", Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2010
  • Matalon - Trames 2, 4 et 8, dir. François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2011
  • Stravinsky - The Firebird (complete ballet), Les Siècles, « Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2011 (Edison Klassiek Prize 2012)
  • Mahler - Symphony No. 1 "Titan" / Webern - Im Sommerwind, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 2012
  • Mahler - Symphony No. 5, - Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Ed. Harmonia Mundi, 2017
  • Dubois - "Concerto pour piano" et "Ouverture de Frithiof" - Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2012
  • Liszt - Dante Symphonie & Orpheus - Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live», Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2012
  • The Panufnik Legacies, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO Discovery, 2013
  • Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben / Tod und Verklärung, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 2013
  • Richard Strauss - Don Quixote / Till Eulenspiegel / Macbeth, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 201
  • Debussy - La Mer / Première Suite d'Orchestre (world premiere), Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2013
  • Dukas - L'Apprenti Sorcier / Cantate Velleda / Polyeucte, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2013
  • Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps (1913) & Petrouchka (1911), First recording on period instruments. Reconstructed version of Le Sacre du Printemps as heard on 29 May 1913, Les Siècles, «Les Siècles Live », Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2014 (Preis der deutschen Schallplatten kritik,[15] Gramophone Choice)
  • Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra / Aus Italien, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Ed; Haenssler Classic, 2015
  • Richard Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie / Don Juan, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Ed; SWR Music, 2015
  • France-Espagne - music by Chabrier, Massenet, Ravel, Debussy, Les Siècles, « Les Siècles Live » Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2015
  • The Panufnik Legacies II, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO Discovery, 2016
  • Ligeti - Kammerkonzert / Dix pièces pour quintette à vents / Six bagatelles, Winds of Les Siècles, « Les Siècles Live » Ed. Musicales Actes Sud, Distri. Harmonia Mundi, 2016
  • Richard Strauss - Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53 / Metamorphosen, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Ed; SWR Music, 2017
  • Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé, Les Siècles, Ed. Harmonia Mundi, 2017
  • Mirages - Sabine Devieilhe, Les Siècles, Ed. Warner Classics, 2017
  • Bartok, Concertos for violin - Renaud Capuçon, London Symphony Orchestra, Ed. Warner Classics, 2018
  • Ravel - Shéhérazade, ouverture de féérie, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Ma Mère L'Oye Les Siècles, Ed. Harmonia Mundi, 2018
  • Berlioz - Harold en Italie, Les Nuits d'été, dir. François-Xavier Roth - Tabea Zimmermann, alto - Stéphane Degout, baryton - Les Siècles - [3] [archive] Harmonia Mundi (2019)
  • Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust, Mathias Vidal (Faust), Anna Caterina Antonacci (Marguerite), Nicolas Courjal (Méphistophélès), Choeur Marguerite Louise, Les Siècles, 1 DVD Chateau de Versailles Spectacle 2019.
  • The Young Debussy, dir. François-Xavier Roth - Edgar Moreau, violoncelle, London Symphony Orchestra - LSO DVD/Blu-Ray (2019)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "La Bernerie-en-Retz. Famille Roth: la musique dans le sang". Ouest-France. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ Alexander Dick (4 May 2010). "Warum der neue SWR-Chefdirigent François-Xavier Roth Freiburg liebt". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e Vincent Agrech. Rencontre: François-Xavier Roth – pour les siècles des siècles. Diapason No. 674 décembre 2018, 26-30
  4. ^ Alexander Dick (8 April 2010). "Der künftige Chefdirigent beim SWR steht offenbar fest". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Le chef français Roth quitte l'Orchestre de Liège". Le Soir. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  6. ^ "François-Xavier Roth verlängert Vertrag" (Press release). SWR. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  7. ^ "François-Xavier Roth wird Generalmusikdirektor in Köln" (Press release). Stadt Köln. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Roth wird Nachfolger von Stenz". Kölner Stadt-Unzeiger. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  9. ^ Axel Hill (14 February 2014). "Roth wird Generalmusikdirektor in Köln". Kölnische Rundschau. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  10. ^ Hartmut Wilmes (13 October 2018). "François-Xavier Roth bleibt bis 2022 in Köln". General-Anzeiger Bonn. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Fusion der SWR-Orchester beschlossen: Rundfunkrat stimmte mit großer Mehrheit für die Vorlage des SWR". Südwestrundfunk. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  12. ^ Alexander Dick (22 July 2016). "Mit dieser Fusion hat man es geschafft, ein Musik-Welterbe zu schleifen". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  13. ^ "London Symphony Orchestra announces François-Xavier Roth as Principal Guest Conductor" (Press release). London Symphony Orchestra. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  14. ^ Décret du 12 juillet 2017 portant promotion et nomination, retrieved 6 September 2017
  15. ^ Alm. "Igor Strawinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka". www.schallplattenkritik.de (in German). Retrieved 6 September 2017.

External linksEdit

Cultural offices
Preceded by
no predecessor
Artistic Director, Les Siècles
2003–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Sylvain Cambreling
Chief Conductor, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
2011–2016
Succeeded by
no successor
Preceded by
Markus Stenz
Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and General Music Director, City of Cologne
2015-present
Succeeded by
incumbent