Victorien Vanoosten is the music director of the Ensemble Symphonique de Neuchâtel in Switzerland since 2019, a position he renewed in 2022 for five more seasons. A former assistant conductor to Daniel Barenboim at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, he is also the principal conductor of DEMOS, a French social project and equivalent ensemble to El Sistema founded by Philharmonie de Paris. The Republic of France recognised his significant contribution to the arts by creating him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2023.
Among upcoming highlights of the 2023/24 season, Victorien Vanoosten will be leading a new production of Bizet's Pêcheurs de perles at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and will conduct the same opera at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden. He will also conduct two productions of Massenet's Thaïs and have his debut at Oper Frankfurt with Flotow's Martha. Recent season highlights include Mr. Vanoosten‘s debut at the Vienna Musikverein marking his return to the Tonkünstler orchestra, returns to Polish National Radio Symphony and Lithuanian National Symphony, a new production of Carmen at Opéra de Marseille and the debut at the helm of the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal, with Emmanuel Pahud as soloist. Mr. Vanoosten also led concerts of the Orchestre national de l’Île-de-France at Philharmonie de Paris and with NOSPR Polnish National Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Lithuanian National Symphony in Vilnius. In opera, he conducted a new production of Gounod’s Reine de Saba at Opéra de Marseille, as well as a new production of La Traviata in St. Etienne. He has been invited to conduct The New Year’s concert series of the Brussels Philharmonic with a programme including Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier Suite.
At Berlin Staatsoper, Mr. Vanoosten conducted performances of Cherubini’s Médée featuring Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, and Bizet’s Pêcheurs de perles, a Wim Wenders production. In 2014, he had been appointed assistant conductor of the Marseille Opera and became associate of music director Lawrence Foster. At the Opéra National de Paris, Mr. Vanoosten has conducted a reduced Ring des Nibelungen. He led critically acclaimed performances of French repertoire in particular, including Manon, Hamlet, Hérodiade and Messager’s Madame Chrysanthème, as well as ballet performances of Sacre du Printemps – conducted from memory. His groundbreaking 2021 video production of Sacre du printemps, together with Swiss artists collective Supermafia, earned him worldwide attention and became a viral YouTube phenomenon in classical music.
An accomplished symphonic conductor, Victorien Vanoosten was chosen to lead programmes for the inaugural weekend of Philharmonie de Paris, when he conducted a concert also featuring Lang Lang. He has conducted the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Staatskapelle Berlin in outreach concerts. Outstanding soloists who have marked his career include Olga Peretyatko, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Karine Deshayes, Sabine Devieilhe, Marianne Crebassa, Rolando Villazón, and Michael Volle. He also stepped in, at short notice, with the Orchestre philharmonique de Marseille in particularly successful performances of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony as well as contemporary music including European premières.
As a pianist, Victorien Vanoosten recently performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, in play/conduct mode. Victorien Vanoosten released his first piano solo CD in 2015, featuring his own transriptions of orchestral works by Debussy, Stravinsky, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns and Ravel. He was artistic editor of “La boîte à musique,” a classical music programme on French national television, from 2010 to 2015, and has repeatedly appeared on Radio France and Radio Classique programmes.
Victorien Vanoosten, who grew up in Lille, studied piano with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatory as well as conducting in Paris and Helsinki with Esa-Pekka-Salonen, Alain Altinoglu, Leif Segerstam, David Zinman, Peter Eötvös, and Pierre Boulez. In 2016 he won the ADAMI Conducting Competition. Mr. Vanoosten also received fellowships from Société Génerale Mécénat Musical and Fondation Banque Populaire, among others.