Amaury Du Closel
General & Artistic Director, conductor
Viennese by adoption, Amaury du Closel studied composition with Max Deutsch, conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Mons with Alexandre Myrat, and attended masterclasses in Vienna with Karl Oesterreicher and Sir Charles Mackerras. During the 1984/85 season, he was assistant conductor at the Orchester Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy. In 1985, he won the 2nd International Competition for Conductors “Masterplayers” in Lugano.
Since his beginnings, Amaury du Closel has conducted more than 80 orchestras in Europe and Asia. 2022-23 will see him at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berliner Symphoniker, as well as on tour in many European countries (Italy, Germany, Austria, Lithuania), and in several festivals (Folles Journées de Nantes , Festival of the Chaise-Dieu). With his orchestra Les Métamorphoses – created in 2018 and much acclaimed since by critics – he will give many concerts in France, not to mention the new productions of Giuseppe Verdi's Traviata and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with his opera company Opéra Nomade.
Amaury du Closel is also pursuing a career as a composer: his catalog includes some thirty opuses, including works for orchestra, various pieces of chamber music, melodies, etc. For the cinema, he composed the music for the silent films The Tenth Symphony by Abel Gance and Michel Strogoff by V. Tourjansky. His last piece Stolpersteine, composed in 2021, has been released on CD in 2023.
Musical director of the opera company Opéra Nomade since 2000, Amaury du Closel has also been musical director of the Académie Lyrique since 2006, and in 2005 published The Stifled Voices of the Third Reich by Actes Sud, Best Essay Prize from the Syndicat de la critique musicale. It is for this memorial work that he was honored by the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen of the Federal Republic of Austria in 2005, and by the Verdienstkreuz am Bande of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2021.