Fran├žois-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth is one of today's most charismatic and dynamic conductors. He has been Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Cologne since 2015, is "Principal Guest Conductor" of the London Symphony Orchestra, and in 2019 is chosen as Artistic Director of the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing.


Offering inventive and modern programs, his incisive and inspiring conducting is internationally recognized. He works regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhaus, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Cleveland Orchestra, the SWR Symphonieorchester, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Tonhalle Zurich.


In 2003, he created Les Siècles, a new kind of orchestra which plays each repertoire on the appropriate historical instruments. With this orchestra, he gives concerts all over the world and plays the Ballets Russes repertoire on period instruments. The orchestra makes its debut at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2019 with an emblematic program (Rameau / Lachenmann / Berlioz) on three different instrumentariums. Winner of the Victoire de la Musique in the "recording" category in 2018 in France, Les Siècles is nominated in 2018, 2019 and 2022 by Gramophone magazine to receive the prestigious Orchestra of the Year award.


An active promoter of contemporary creation, François-Xavier Roth has directed the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme since 2005. François-Xavier Roth has also premiered works by Philippe Manoury, Yann Robin, Georg-Friedrich Haas, Hèctor Parra and Simon Steen-Andersen and has collaborated regularly with Pierre Boulez, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann, Helmut Lachenmann and Arnaud Petit.


For his achievements as a musician, conductor and teacher, François-Xavier Roth was named Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur on July 14, 2017.






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