Emmanuel Krivine is respected as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors whose elegant and colourful interpretations have made him a favourite with leading orchestras and soloists around the world. Regarded as one of the foremost French musicians today, Krivine has held a number of important positions in his native France and, from the 2017/18 season, will take up the post of Music Director of the Orchestre National de France. He is a passionate educator, who regularly conducts orchestras of young musicians, and in 2004 he created a period-instrument ensemble in Paris, La Chambre Philharmonique, now one of the most important groups of its kind.
Emmanuel Krivine has conducted the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In North America, he has conducted the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston Symphony, National Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. In Australia he has worked with the Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony orchestras, and in Asia with the NHK Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestras. From 2006 to 2014, Krivine was Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and took up the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2015. Alongside engagements in Europe, he makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 2016/17 season.
Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique have gained recognition with their award-winning recordings on Naïve, including most recently their complete set of Beethoven symphonies (Gramophone Editor’s Choice). His notable discography also includes recordings with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (on Timpani and Zig-Zag Territoires), Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Maria João Pires (on Deutsche Grammophon), London Symphony Orchestra and Vadim Repin (on Erato) and Orchestre National de Lyon (on Naïve).
Born in Grenoble, France, from Russian descent through his father and Polish through his mother, Emmanuel Krivine began his career as a violinist. Awarded the Premier Prix of the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 16, he then became a scholar at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium and studied with Henryk Szeryng and Yehudi Menuhin, winning many prestigious awards. After a decisive meeting with Karl Böhm in 1965, he increasingly devoted himself to conducting. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1976 until 1983, and then became Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 1987 until 2000. He also served as Music Director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes for eleven years between 1984 and 2004, and more recently as Principal Guest Conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.
Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77 (soloist: Joshua Bell)
Schumann Symphony No.2 in C major, Op.61
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 (soloist: Gil Shaham)
Bruckner Symphony No.9 in D minor, WAB.109
Brahms Tragische Ouvertüre, Op.81 (Tragic Overture)
Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 (soloist: Steven Isserlis)
Dvorák Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 'Emperor' (soloist: Bertrand Chamayou)
Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major, Op.107 'Reformation'
Casablancas Obertura festiva
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 in A major, Op.90 'Italian'
Berlioz Harold in Italy, Op.16 (soloist: Amihai Grosz)
Stravinsky The Firebird (l'oiseau de feu)
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (soloist: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet)
Dvorák Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70
Dallapiccola Piccola musica notturna (7)
Berlioz Les nuits d'été, Op.7 (soloist: Angelika Kirchschlager)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64, TH.29
Beethoven Egmont, Op.84: Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (soloist: Martha Argerich)
Dvorák Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88
Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, K.503 (soloist: Robert Levin)
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op.14
J. Strauss II Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op.325
Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 (soloist: Nikolai Lugansky)
Shostakovich Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47
R. Strauss Don Juan, trv.156, Op.20
Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125 (soloist: Jean-Yves Thibaudet)
Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)
Wagner Das Rheingold: Prelude
Wagner Das Rheingold: Scene 1
Wagner Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Rheinfahrt)
Schumann Symphony No.3 'Rhenish' in E-flat major, Op.97
Chicago Tribune, November 2016
Krivine has a Gallic classicist's ear for clarity, balance, precision and color. His conducting exudes courtly poise and Old World elegance; temperament is there but it is tempered by control.
Scotsman, May 2016
Precision, power and polish, under principal guest conductor Emmanuel Krivine … The sense of excitement and expectation he conjured conveyed integrity, enthusiasm, and an eagerness to share.
Diapason, March 2016
In sonority, tone, the fiery gestures, everything was right, with nothing superficial about the brilliance of the contrasts ... Krivine's paradox of intensity and simplicity willed the orchestra to a refined flair, but with care and self-awareness. A triumph justified.