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
Important recent successes are the Die Herzogin von Chicago at the Komische Oper Berlin, Der Vetter aus Dingsda at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Der fliegende Holländer (1841 original version), Donzietti's Linda di Chamounix and Krenek's Kehraus um St. Stephan at the Stadttheater Gießen.
Florian Ziemen studied at his home town of Munich and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He worked then as assistant to the chorus master at the Bavarian State Opera and led numerous productions at the Bavarian Theatre Academy. Particular influences for him were encounters with Sir Colin Davis, Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Roger Norrington and his still ongoing connection with Reinhard Goebel.
His ‘Kapellmeister’ career began with the post of répetiteur at the prestigious Aalto Opera house in Essen under Stefan Soltesz. He then was appointed as resident conductor enabling him to conduct over a hundred performances and gaining a wide repertoire of opera and ballet literature.
In 2010 he attained the position of resident Kapellmeister at the Bremen Opera, where he directed works including Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Hansel and Gretel, die Fledermaus and also the world première of Moritz Eggerts monumental opera All diese Tage.
In 2012 he followed Michael Hofstetter to the city opera in Giessen as his deputy and to be principal Kapellmeister. There he held a decisive role in the new musical conception of the opera house. His work unearthing rarely played operatic works and intensively researching historical performance practices helped to give the opera house a new profile.
Since 2010 Florian Ziemen has been invited as guest conductor to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, where he has conducted and produced several productions alongside choreographers such as Mats Ek, Stijn Celis, Christian Spuck and Peter Quanz.
In the symphonic field of orchestral conducting he as has conducted the Essen and Bremen Philharmonic orchestras, the Philharmonic orchestra of Giessen as well as the Badische Staatskapelle, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, both the Bergisch and Wuppertal Symphony Orchestras, the New Philharmonic Orchestra in Frankfurt, and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Florian has also worked with the orchestra of the Folkwang music college. Further afield the Georgian Chamber Orchestra and the Tallis Chamber Orchestra in London.