Bertrand de Billy

Debut Lucerne Symphony Orchestra: 01 January 2024

Everything a delight

Bertrand de Billy was born in Paris, received his training in his hometown and appeared here first as an orchestral musician, but very soon also as a conductor. In 1993-95 he was first Kapellmeister and deputy GMD at the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, and in 1996-98 he held the same position at the Vienna Volksoper. In 1999-2004 he was principal conductor of the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and from 2002-2010 principal conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Bertrand de Billy is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (2013-2016) and since 2014/2015 also of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.


Early engagements took him to the State Operas in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Gran Théâtre de la Monnaie, the Opéra National de Paris and the opera houses in Washington and Los Angeles. He was a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1997 and at the Salzburg Festival from 2002. He has also appeared worldwide with leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the RSB Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Chapel of Copenhagen, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Bertrand de Billy conducts a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to numerous premieres and first performances. Today, he works just as closely with the Theater an der Wien, the Vienna Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus as he does with the Vienna and Munich State Operas and the Frankfurt Opera.

Numerous CD and DVD recordings document his artistic work.

In France Bertrand de Billy is a Knight of the “French Legion of Honor”, the “Mérite National” and the “Arts et Lettres”. In Austria he was awarded the “Golden Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria”.

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