Pierre Dumoussaud



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Revealed on the international opera scene by winning the Prize at the International Competition for Opera Conductors organized by the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in 2017, Pierre Dumoussaud has been appointed “Revelation Chef d’Orchestre” at the Victoires de la Musique in 2022 – year of creation of that category. He is pursuing a successful career in the pits of European opera houses, his enthusiasm and meticulousness having already earned him many successes in France (Butterfly in Rouen, Fantasio in Montpellier, Hamlet in Nantes…) and beyond: Mignon at the Bayerische Staatsoper, La Belle Hélène at the Opéra de Lausanne, Faust and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Greek National Opera.

His discography confirms his predilection for French music of the 19th and 20th centuries: Pelléas et Mélisande for Alpha Classics at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the first complete version of Offenbach’s Voyage dans la Lune for the Palazzetto Bru Zane, an institution with which he had already recorded André Messager’s Les P’tites Michu (with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire) in 2015. Another album, dedicated to the composer Olivier Greif (1950-2000), released in the fall of 2021 on the B Records label, received a “Diapason d’or” and a “Choc Classica”.

A bassoonist with a passion for the symphonic repertoire, Pierre Dumoussaud trained as a conductor at the Paris Conservatoire until 2014, when he was awarded the first prize in the ADAMI’s “Talent conductors” competition. The following year, the year of his 25th birthday, he replaced Alain Lombard at short notice for a concert at the head of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. He has kept a privileged relationship with this orchestra of which he was assistant conductor (between 2014 and 2016), officiating thereafter at the head of several opera productions (Don Carlo, Semiramide, The Turn of the Screw, La Voix Humaine and more recently Werther for the assumption of the role of Benjamin Bernheim) and other ballets (Romeo and Juliet, Giselle…). From this date, the invitations multiply: Pierre Dumoussaud conducts in turn the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestra Ensemble de Kanazawa, the Orchestre National d’Auvergne, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre National de Metz, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestre Pasdeloup, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France…

Invited to conduct the orchestra of the Easter Festival of Deauville, he collaborates closely with Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou and Nicholas Angelich. “Clear and modern but also eloquent and animated” according to Christian Merlin (Le Figaro), Pierre Dumoussaud’s conducting is appreciated by instrumentalists as well as singers and dancers; the young conductor made his debut at the Paris National Opera in May 2021 during a “Tribute to Roland Petit”. This season he will meet the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Karajan Akademie of the Berliner Philharmoniker.