Philippe Auguin

Philippe Auguin (born 19 February 1961,[1] Nice, France) is a French conductor.

Auguin studied conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He also studied conducting with Franco Ferrara. He served as an assistant conductor to Herbert von Karajan, until Karajan's death in July 1989 during rehearsals of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Salzburg Festival. He subsequently served as an assistant conductor to Sir Georg Solti.[2] In 2005, Auguin conducted the first complete cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen to China at the International Beijing Music Festival,[3] with the Staatstheater Nürnberg.

Auguin was music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice from 2010 to 2016. Auguin first conducted at Washington National Opera in 2009, as an emergency substitute for the company's then-music director, Heinz Fricke.[4] In October 2010, the company appointed Auguin as its music director, with immediate effect.[5] He held the post through the 2017-2018 season, and took the title of music director emeritus upon his departure from the company.[6]

Auguin was made an Honorary Consul of the French Republic in 2002. In 2005, , he received the Federal Cross of Merit of the German Republic for his contributions to German culture.

In other media, Auguin recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic several opera sequences used in the film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.[7]


  1. ^ "Philippe Auguin, chef d'orchestre "cosmopolite", entre Washington et Nice". France-Amérique. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  2. ^ Matthew Rye (7 December 1999). "Little danger of a riot". Telegraph. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. ^ Ullrich Bohn (4 November 2015). "Wotan in Pekin". Deutschlandfunk. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ Anne Midgette (21 June 2017). "Opera parts ways with its music director". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Conductor Philippe Auguin, 49, Appointed Music Director of Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Effective Immediately". Opera News. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ Anne Midgette (23 June 2017). "A music director will depart. What does that mean for the company that's left?". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ Laurence Guidicelli (22 June 2015). "A la conquête du monde!". Le Monde. Retrieved 4 January 2019.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Marco Guidarini
Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice
Succeeded by
György G. Ráth
Preceded by Music Director, Washington National Opera
Succeeded by
Evan Rogister (principal conductor)