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Jean-François Verdier

Artistic Director of the Victor Hugo Orchestra

Jean François Verdier has successfully several careers.

Acclaimed as one of the best clarinettists today, super-soloist at the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Prize-winner of several international competitions: Tokyo, Wien, Anvers, he is invited also to play with the Royal Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam. He plays under the baton of Léonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Muti… His partners are Barbara Bonney, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Emmanuel Pahud, the quatuor Debussy, Paul Meyer, Jonathan Gilad, the soloists of the big European orchestras Berlin, Wien…

Jean-François Verdier is a teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris since 2011 and he gives master-classes in Japan, in China, in Europe. He had also written and published several pedagogic scores, edited in the collection under his name (Billaudot).
He works for the children and he has recently recorded ‘La première fois que je suis née’ (Cuvellier- Dupin, Gallimard), composed and recorded ‘Anna, Léo et le gros ours de l’armoire’ (Friot-Verdier, Actes sud).

He is also a brilliant conductor, he won the Prix Bruno Walter at the Lugano International Conducting Competition in 2001 and he is immediately recognised like the best young conductor.
With the precious advices from the great conductors as Armin Jordan and Kent Nagano (he has been their assistant), he begins a great career of conductor.
Conductor in residence at the Orchestre National de Lyon (2008, 2010), he is the new Musical Director of the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté since 2010.

He is invited by the most prestigious international operas and orchestras: Opéra-Bastille in Paris (big success in 2009 with Werther by Massenet, in 2011 with Les enfants du paradis, live broadcasted in the cinemas in the world), Teatro Real de Madrid (Pélleas et Mélisande), Stattsoper de Munich, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Berne, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Nagoya Philharmonic, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra National de Montpellier, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre de Taipei, Orchestres du Sistema au Venuezuela, Folles Journées de Nantes et Tokyo…

He works with famous artists: Susan Graham, Rolando Villazon, Inva Mula, Nina Romanova, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Ludovic Tézier, Nadine Denize, Olivier Charlier, Emmanuel Rossfelder, Jean-François Heisser, Laurent Korcia, Nemanja Radulovic, Isabelle Faust…

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