| 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
In 2003, he began working at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, one of Germany's top opera houses, firstly as a musical assistant and later as the resident conductor. There he conducted over 100 operas, operettas and ballets. From 2010 to 2012, Florian Ziemen was resident conductor of the opera house in Bremen, where he conducted a number of operatic productions. Some surprising sensational successes were his 'historically informed' productions of German and Austrian operettas as well as the world premiere of Moritz Eggert's enormous every-day-life opera 'All diese Tage'.
Invitations have led to appearances conducting the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Bochumer Symphoniker, Bergische Symphoniker, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Münchner Symphoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Bad Reichenhall, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Georgian Chamber Orchestra and others. Working with early music specialists like Reinhard Goebel, has led to an increasing interest in adapting period performance practice in modern orchestras. In 2009, he premiered Gianfrancesco de Mayo’s neglected opera ‘Ifigenia in Tauride’ at the Wuppertal opera house.
In August 2012, following the invitation of the renowned conductor Michael Hofstetter, Florian was appointed at the opera house of Gießen where he conducts operas, symphony concerts and ballet productions. He opened the 2013-2014 season with the 1841 Urtext-Version of Wagner's 'Flying Dutchman'.
In 2010 he made his debut at the Grands Ballets with Christian Spuck's Leonce and Lena. He also designed the musical score of Rodin/Claudel for choreographer Peter Quanz.