| 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 studied piano and conducting 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 and gained further inspiration from working closely with period performance specialists like Sir Roger Norrington, Reinhard Goebel and Michael Hofstetter.
In 2003, Ziemen began working at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, one of Germany’s foremost opera houses, at first as a repetiteur before he was appointed Kapellmeister. In seven years he conducted there over 100 opera and ballet performances.
From 2010 to 2012, as resident conductor of the opera house in Bremen, he conducted a broad operatic repertoire as well as sensational successes such as “historically informed” productions of German and Austrian operettas and the world premiere of Moritz Eggert’s monumental opera All diese Tage.
Invitations have led to appearances conducting the Komische Oper Berlin, the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Wuppertal Opera 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 and in 2014 for La nuit tranfigurée of Stijn Celis. He also created the musical score for Peter Quanz’s Rodin/Claudel.