Bertrand de Billy was born in Paris where he studied music and performed as an orchestra member before taking up 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. Following that he was Music Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona from 1999 to 2004, and also Music Director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna from 2002 to 2010. Mr. de Billy was also the principal guest conductor of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester until December 2015 and of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne until the end of the 2017/18 season. From 2014 to 2018 he also served as the principal guest conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie.
Even early in his career guest engagements brought Mr. de Billy to the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, as well as to such renowned auspices as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Grand Théâtre de la Monnaie, the Opéra National de Paris, and to the opera houses in Washington and Los Angeles, amongst others. Since 1997 he has been a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Salzburg Festival since 2002. Alongside his celebrated career as an opera conductor, Mr. de Billy regularly performan concerts worldwide, having led such distinguished orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestre de Paris, the Wiener Symphoniker as well as the Museumsorchester Frankfurt, the Philharmoniker Hamburg, the RSB Berlin, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Dresdner Philharmoniker, the Bamberger Symphoniker the Royal Danish Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and many more. Mr. de Billy conducts a wide repertoire from Bach to many world premieres. He maintains a close relationship with the Theater an der Wien, the Wiener Musikverein and the Wiener Konzerthaus, as well as to the Munich State Opera.
Numerous CD and DVD recordings document Mr. de Billy’s work, and he has received many prestigious awards in France and Austria.
The 2019/20 season sees his return once again to Theater an der Wien with a New Production of La Vestale, to Metropolitan Opera with La Traviata and Tosca and to Teatro dell´Opera di Roma with Carmen. Equally in demand on the concert podium, this season will bring Bertrand de Billy a.o. to orchestras such as Orchestre National France, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre Suisse Romande, Bamberger Symphoniker, London Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne, Staatskapelle Weimar a.o.
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