Emmanuel Krivine

Emmanuel Krivine (born 7 May 1947, Grenoble) is a French conductor, the son of a Polish mother and a Russian father. He studied the violin as a youth and was a winner of the Premier Prix at the Paris Conservatoire, at age 16.[1] He later studied at the Queen Elisabeth School in Brussels. He stopped playing the violin after a car accident in 1981.[1]

Inspired by a meeting with Karl Böhm, Krivine began to develop an interest in conducting. He was principal guest conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1976 to 1983. From 1987 to 2000, he was music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon. He has also served as music director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes for 11 years.

In 2004, Krivine established the orchestra La Chambre Philharmonique. In 2006, he became music director of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPL), with an initial contract of 3 years, after becoming the orchestra's principal guest conductor in 2002.[2] In May 2009, Krivine extended his contract with the orchestra through the 2014-2015 season.[3] He concluded his tenure as the OPL's music director at the end of the 2014-2015 season.[4][5] In 2013, he became principal guest conductor of the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, with a contract through the 2015-2016 season. In May 2014, Krivine was named the next principal guest conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, effective September 2015, for an initial period of 4 years.[6][1] In June 2016, the Orchestre National de France (ONF) announced the appointment of Krivine as its next music director, effective with the 2017-2018 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. He held the title of ONF music director-designate (directeur musical désigné) for the 2016-2017 season.[7] He is scheduled to conclude his music directorship of the ONF at the close of the 2020-2021 season.[8]

Krivine has conducted recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics,[9] Timpani, and Naive[10] labels.


  1. "Scottish orchestra to benefit from the French connection". The Herald. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  2. Ben Mattison (2005-12-21). "Emmanuel Krivine to Lead Luxembourg Philharmonic". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  3. Agence France Presse (2009-05-18). "Emmanuel Krivine prolongé à la tête de l'orchestre du Luxembourg". Tageblatt. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  4. "Gustavo Gimeno to be new Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg" (Press release). Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. June 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  5. "Gustavo Gimeno takes over Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra". Luxemburger Wort. 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  6. "Scottish Chamber Orchestra appoints Emmanuel Krivine as Principal Guest Conductor" (PDF) (Press release). Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  7. Marie_Aude Roux (2016-06-13). "Une main ferme à l'Orchestre national de France". Le Monde. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  8. Sofia Anastasio (2019-11-12). "Cristian Măcelaru nommé à la tête de l'Orchestre national de France". France Musique. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  9. Anthony Holden (2005-01-02). "A blue-chip performance: Mahler/Hummel/Vadim Repin". The Observer. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  10. Tim Ashley (2005-11-25). "Mozart: Mass in C Minor, Piau/ Sollied/ Agnew/ Caton/ Accentus/ La Chambre Philharmonique/ Krivine". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-07-12.


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  • European Music Directory 2001, Vol. II, Munich 2001.
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Serge Baudo
Music Director, Orchestre National de Lyon
Succeeded by
David Robertson
Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Principal Conductor, La Chambre Philharmonique
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bramwell Tovey
Music Director, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Gustavo Gimeno
Preceded by
Daniele Gatti
Music Director, Orchestre National de France
Succeeded by
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