As part of Intermusica’s commitment to nurturing young artists, we are delighted to be mentoring the young French conductor Chloé van Soeterstède. Born in 1988, Chloé studied conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music after studying viola at the Royal Academy of Music. Highlights in 2019 include debuts with the Orchestre National de Lille, Aurora Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Haydn Orchestra at the Bolzano Festival in a collaborative project with dance company Compagnia Virgilio Sieni. Looking ahead to the coming seasons, Chloé looks forward to debuts with many orchestras in the UK and France, as well as other European countries from Spain to Turkey.
In 2017 Chloé was a Quarter-Finalist in the International Conducting Competition in Besançon, and she was one of the 20 finalists selected for the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018. She has worked regularly as assistant conductor to François-Xavier Roth in France and has assisted several major conductors including Vassily Petrenko and Sir Mark Elder.
Chloé has taken part in masterclasses with Mena, Alsop, Petrenko, Elder, Paavo Järvi and most recently with Grazynite-Tyle, Schläfi and Panula. She has served as Assistant Conductor to Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé, Storgårds and Gernon with the BBC Philharmonic, Petrenko and Tortelier with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She works regularly with François-Xavier Roth and has assisted him on projects with the Les Siècles in partnership with Cité de la Musique de Soisson and on two projects with the French Youth Orchestra (in Aisne). After reaching the Quarter-Finals of the Besançon conducting competition Chloé was invited to conduct and co-produce a recording with Karine Deshayes and the Orchestre Victor Hugo Besançon Franche Comté, coming back to their season in 2019. In 2018 she was a featured artist in France TV1’s Grands Reportages in an episode titled Mon Métier de Rêve (My Dream Job), and in 2019 she conducted the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris on France 3 for an episode of Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Chairs).
Chloé has conducted the European Union Youth Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky 4 in Bolzano, Italy, the Southbank Sinfonia in London, the Manchester Camerata, and she is working regularly with the North Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Keen on working with young musicians, Chloé has conducted the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain where she returns this summer, the Hallé Youth Orchestra and King's College London Symphony Orchestra and in 2017 she was guest Artistic Director and Guest Principal Conductor of Greater Manchester Youth Strings Orchestra. Also keen to expand into opera, Chloé was assistant conductor at Holland Park Opera on a production of Mascagni Isabeau.
In 2012, Chloé founded the Arch Sinfonia, a vibrant chamber orchestra based in London renowned for its boundless energy and committed performances. Arch Sinfonia performs a wide range of repertoire and strives to build bridges between artists and audiences; guest artists have included Hannah Roberts, Katy Woolley, Zsolt Tihamer-Visontay, James Fountain, Amy Harman amongst others.
As a viola player, Chloé van Soeterstède performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra; she has played at the Royal Opera House and several times at London’s Wigmore Hall. Chloé studied conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (2015-2017) with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron where she was awarded the Kennedy scholarship and was also supported by the Derek Hill Foundation.