| PHOTO : Jean-Laurent Ratel
Our orchestra, featuring superior soloists under the baton of conductors Allan Lewis and Florian Ziemen, has been playing a major role in the success of Les Grands Ballets for more than 30 years. Comprising up to 70 musicians, including some of the finest in Montreal, the Orchestra will accompany almost every production in the 2013-2014 season, appearing in both Théâtre Maisonneuve and Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts.
The live dialogue between dance artists and musicians requires great technical precision, which results in highly stimulating performances for the audience.
Allan Lewis took up his present position as Resident Conductor of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Orchestra in May 2007.
Florian Ziemen - invited conductor
Born in Munich, conductor Florian Ziemen began his musical education at the age of six at the Munich Conservatory and Musikhochschule. He continued his studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London with Colin Metters and George Hurst.
In 2003, Ziemen began working at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, one of Germany’s most famous opera houses, where he conducted over 100 operas, operettas and ballet performances.
From 2010 to 2012, as resident conductor of the opera house in Bremen, he conducted sensational successes such as his “historically informed” productions of German and Austrian operettas as well as the world premiere of Moritz Eggert’s monumental opera All diese Tage. Invitations have led to appearances conducting the Karlsruhe Oper, the Wuppertal Oper, the Komcihe Oper Berlin as well as Badische Staatskapelle, Bochumer Symphoniker, Bergische Symphoniker, Münchner Symphoniker, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt and others. In August 2012, Florian Ziemen was appointed at the opera house of Gießen where he conducts operas, symphony concerts and ballet productions.
In 2010, he made his debut at Les Grands Ballets with Christian Spuck’s Leonce and Lena and returned in 2013 for Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty. He also created the musical score for Peter Quanz’s Rodin/Claudel.