Franck Ollu is a very versatile conductor and widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary music and opera. He has a long-established association with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and is Music Director of the Swedish Ensemble for New Music “KammarensembleN” in Stockholm.

Much in demand as an opera conductor, last season included a return to Festival Aix-en-Provence for the world premiere of Thanks to My Eyes, a new commission by Oscar Bianchi. It was with this production that he made his debut at La Monnaie, Brussels, where he was immediately invited to perform previous Aix-en-Provence premiere, Pascal Dusapin's Passion. Mr Ollu conducted the world premiere of George Benjamin's first opera Into the Little Hill at Opera de Bastille in 2006 with many subsequent performances with the London Sinfonietta at Aldeburgh Festival, The Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, and with Ensemble Modern at Lincoln Centre and major festivals in Amsterdam, Vienna, Dresden and Frankfurt. He has given many performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen including the Salzburg Festival with Ensemble Modern. Other opera work includes The Rake’s Progress at Théâtre de l’Athénée, Paris, Xenakis’ The Oresteia and Dusapin's Medea at the Polish National Opera and several revivals of Dusapin’s Passion including Le Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Mr Ollu conducted a new opera by Helmut Oehring “Die Wunde Heine” which he toured with Ensemble Modern to leading European festivals including the MusikTriennale Köln.

Symphonic work includes his highly-praised début with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in January 2011 with an immediate re-invitation and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie at the Berlin Philharmonie. 2012/13 sees his first concerts with Hamburg Symphony and Warsaw Philharmonic in programmes of French music and Lutoslawski.

Franck Ollu is a committed teacher and mentor and has ongoing relationships with London's Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie.


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