Bertrand de Billy was born in Paris. He studied music in his native city and made his debut as an orchestra musician before setting his sights on conducting. From 1993 to 1995 he was first Kapellmeister and Deputy Music Director of the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, and from 1996 to 1998 he held the same position at the Vienna Volksoper. Then, from 1999 to 2004, he took over as Musical Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and from 2002 to 2010 he held the post of Musical Director at the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. Bertrand de Billy was also the principal guest conductor of the Frankfurt Opera until December 2015. He was the principal guest conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra from 2013 to 2016 and has been the principal guest conductor of the Dresden Philharmonie since the 2014/2015 season. He has conducted at the Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich State Operas, the Royal Opera House in London, the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, the Paris Opera (Carmen, Le Parc, Iphigénie en Tauride, Un ballo in maschera), as well as in Washington and Los Angeles. He has been making regular guest appearances at the New York Metropolitan Opera since 1997 and at the Salzburg Festival since 2002. He has conducted some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Radio Bavaria Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Museumsorchester of Frankfurt, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Bertrand de Billy conducts an extensive repertoire which ranges from the works of Johann Sebastian Bach to numerous contemporary creations. He continues to collaborate closely with the Theater an der Wien, the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He has recorded a number of CDs and DVDs and he is the recipient of several prestigious honours in Austria and France (Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, du Mérite national et des Arts et Lettres).
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