Biography

Maxime Pascal

Current as of July 2022

Maxime Pascal is a passionate advocate of French, 20th-century and new music. His operatic projects include the premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo at La Scala, Milan, and the Berlin State Opera and Luca Francesconi’s Quartett, also at La Scala. In August 2021, he conducted Alban Berg’s Lulu at the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre.

He has appeared several times at the Paris Opéra, conducting Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro and L’Heure espagnole as well as Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He also conducted Pelléas et Mélisande at the Malmö Opera in 2016 and made his successful BBC Proms debut in 2019 with Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ. In the 2021/22 season, he conducted Peter Eötvös’s opera Sleepless at the Berlin State Opera and the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the premiere of Sivan Eldar’s Like Flesh at the Opéra de Lille and the Opéra National Montpellier.

In 2008, while he was still a student, Maxime Pascal founded the orchestra Le Balcon, named after the work by Jean Genet, along with composers Pedro García-Velásquez, Juan-Pablo Carreño and Mathieu Costecalde, pianist Alphonse Cemin and sound engineer Florent Derex. The speciality of this multifaceted orchestra, playing all types of repertoire, is the complete integration of music with advanced technical sound systems.

In 2013 the Athénée Louis-Jouvet Theatre became Maxime Pascal’s artistic home, where he has conducted Le Balcon in Ariadne auf Naxos in a production by Benjamin Lazar, a video spectacle on Pierrot lunaire created by Colombian artist Luis Nieto, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Peter Eötvös’s opera Le Balcon in a production by Damien Bigourdan. His fascination with the operas of Stockhausen led to a seven-year collaboration with the Philharmonie de Paris on Stockhausen’s complete Licht-cycle. Recent streamed programmes include music by Boulez, Gesualdo and Grisey, as well as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

He has worked with orchestras such as the Hallé Orchestra, the Norrköping and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

Maxime Pascal and Le Balcon are artistes associés at the Singer-Polignac Foundation. The Academy of Fine Arts awarded him the music prize of the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation to honour his emerging career at the French Institute in November 2011. In March 2014 he became the first Frenchman to win the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.

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