Franck Ollu is a very versatile conductor and is widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary music and opera. He has a long-established association with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and is First Guest Conductor of the Swedish Ensemble for New Music "KammarensembleN" in Stockholm.
Much in demand as an opera conductor, last season included a return to Festival Aix-en-Provence for the world premiere of Thanks to My Eyes, a new commission by Oscar Bianchi. It was with this production that he made his debut at La Monnaie, Brussels, where he was immediately invited to perform his previous Aix-en-Provence premiere, Pascal Dusapin's Passion (2008).
The 2012/13 season sees several debuts: Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin with a new production of Frank Martin's Le Vin Herbé, and Netherlands Opera and Theatre Capitole de Toulouse for performances of George Benjamin's new creation Written on Skin. Long associated with the music of Heiner Goebbels, he gives six performances of Landschaft mit entfernen Verwanten with Ensemble Modern at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt.
The 2013/14 season include: The Rite of Spring with Sasha Waltz at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Le Marteau sans Maître at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen at the Opéra de Lille, concerts with the Ensemble Modern and the Frankfurter Radio Orchestra, Frank Martin's Le Vin Herbé at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Manfred’s Trojahn’ portrait concert at the Festival d’Aix en Provence.
Mr Ollu conducted the world premiere of George Benjamin's first opera Into the Little Hill at Opera de Bastille in 2006 with many subsequent performances with the London Sinfonietta at Aldeburgh Festival, The Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, and with Ensemble Modern at Lincoln Centre in New York and major festivals in Amsterdam, Vienna, Dresden and Frankfurt. He has given many performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen including the Salzburg Festival with Ensemble Modern.
Other recent opera work includes The Rake’s Progress at Théâtre de l’Athénée, Paris, Xenakis’ The Oresteia and Dusapin's Medea at the Polish National Opera and several revivals of Dusapin’s Passion including Le Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Holland festival and Opera de Lille. Mr Ollu conducted a new opera by Helmut Oehring “Die Wunde Heine” which he toured with Ensemble Modern to leading European festivals including the Vienna Festwochen and Musik Triennale Köln.
Symphonic work includes his highly-praised début with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in January 2011 with an immediate re-invitation and with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie at the Berlin Philharmonie. 2012/13 sees his first concert with the Warsaw Philharmonic in programmes of French music, Lutoslawski and 20th Century masterworks. He has also conducted the Orquestra National de Espana, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra in their series Music of today, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester.
Leading contemporary Ensembles with whom he has worked include Finland’s Avanti, Australia’s Elision, Holland’s Asko, German’s Musikfabrik, English’s BCMG, Portuguese’s Remix, Austrian’s Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Muzik and Australia’s Elision.
Franck Ollu is a committed teacher and mentor and has ongoing relationships with London's Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie.
Franck Ollu was born in La Rochelle, France and studied music in Paris. He has been assistant conductor to Pierre Boulez and Jonathan Nott at the Ensemble Intercontemporain, 2000-2002. He also studied conducting with Peter Eötvös. He was between 2003 and 2011, the Musical director of the Swedish Ensemble KammarensembleN in Stockholm.
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