Case Scaglione


MD and Principal Conductor, Orchestre national d’Île de France
Chief Conductor, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn


Case Scaglione is currently in his fourth season as a Chief Conductor of the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn in Germany and in his third season as a Music Director of Orchestre national d’Île de France. He has previously served as Associate Conductor with the New York Philharmonic and as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. Case was the driving force behind the artistic growth and diversification of the organisation, founding their educational outreach initiative ‘360° Music’.

Case Scaglione launches the 2021/22 season with Orchestre national d’Île de France at the Philharmonie de Paris with a Romantic portraits programme featuring Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, Wagner’s Prelude to Act I from Lohengrin and Dvořák’s cello concerto. Further notable season highlights with Orchestre national d’Île de France include Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer production at Massy Opera; an all Béla Bartók programme featuring Concerto for Orchestra, Romanian Folk Dances and Piano Concerto No.2 and Mahler’s Symphony No.4.

Case’s season opening concert with Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn is dedicated to the music of Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Schnittke. Throughout this season Case and WKO continue to appear regularly at Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Kloster Schöntal, Ludwigsburg, Queen Elisabeth’s Hall in Antwerp, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Forum am Schlosspark in Ludwigsburg.

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“Energised by a probing and teasing spontaneity that readily mined both Classical or Romantic genres, Case Scaglione and Federico Colli generated a confidently shared profile and personality pulling the music out of the air with improvisational ease.”

Ian Julier

The Arts Desk

The ability of Case Scaglione’s direction to take care of the nuances of dynamics, clarity and relationships of the different voices of the orchestra, from the desks to the instrumentalists (all magnificent), is verified in the Prelude of “Tristan und Isolde”.  Although it is given to us here to hear only extracts from the works, we feel that the inspiration of the conductor is nourished by a noble general formal vision of these… We will therefore be impatiently awaiting the reopening of the concert halls in order to follow ONDIF’s exciting adventure with Case Scaglione – a passion and an ambition that can be clearly understood here.

Christine Ducq

La Revue du Spectacle

It is better to have the score in your head than the head in the score, said a famous chef.  Scaglione has Sibelius in the head, as much as in the heart, and directs the entire program from memory.  Sensation of space, interior profusion: the dramatic progression that the young maestro prints to the initial movement of the 5th Symphony, placed in the first part of the evening, testifies to a full mastery of his subject and will reveal himself in the image of the  together of an execution which knows how to take care of the detail (magnificent Andante mosso, almost Allegretto), layering the sound plans and making feel the irrepressible push of force leading to the majestic choir of the last episode. The final agreements could no doubt have been ballasted with even more cosmic energy, but, as it stands, the result is already admiring…  In conclusion, Symphony n ° 7, a work of a single flow, underlines the organic understanding that the young maestro has of a brilliant score which he masters the sequence of the various sections with as much naturalness as it arouses – and  amazes – the stamps.

Alain Cochard

“The epic work of Ludwig van Beethoven, composed in 1803 (the birth year of Berlioz), was interpreted with panache and brilliance by the remarkable Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France, masterfully and subtly directed by the young 37-year-old chief conductor, Case Scaglione.”

Jean-Luc Coppi

Le Dauphiné Isère

“Case Scaglione and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra came together in a magnificent performance, which was full of contrast and intensity. Case Scaglione gave the orchestra the true prominence it deserved with his outstanding conducting. His interpretation of this symphony fuelled the imagination of his listeners and was applauded by the audience.”

Michael Thallium


Follow this Conductor … Scaglione is truly a deeply musical musician, which is no redundancy – A Musician’s Musician, as the Anglo-Saxons say. 

Rémy Louis

Diapason Magazine

“The young maestro on the desk, Case Scaglione, acted flexibly and sensitively with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra…. Chief conductor Scaglione, Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, combines American looseness with a highly sensitive musicality. Although he bought the intimacy of his Beethoven interpretation with extreme pianissimi and a lot of ritardandi, he brought the orchestra’s sound culture to its best advantage.”

Klaus P. Richter

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Case Scaglione is relaxed, likeable, unpretentious, reflective, clear-cut – and is highly inspiring and demanding of his musicians. With Schönberg’s Verklärte nacht one could close their eyes for half an hour and dive into Vienna in 1900. 

Südwest Presse

If the OP seeks its leader, another formation has found it: it was the first time that we heard the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France (Ondif) with its new musical director, Case Scaglione. Listening to a programme of selected Wagner songs with two solid-sounding singers (Michelle DeYoung and Simon O’Neill), reminiscent of the olden symphonic associations, the least we can say is that we were favourably impressed. The 37-year-old American chef has a clear and fluid body language, never ostentatious, and keener to help the orchestra and the singers rather than to put himself in the spotlight. The musicians and him are only at the beginning, but the way in which he has modelled a balanced, warm and homogeneous sound in the strings, whilst paying special attention to the legato and progressions, is already more than promising. The winds did not always show the same cohesion throughout the evening, but we still came out invigorated from this exciting concert, and made the promise of not waiting too long before going back to hear the Ondif in this form again.

Christian Merlin

Le Figaro

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” The young maestro on the podium, Case Scaglione, was flexible and empathetic with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester. The ensemble from Heilbronn, which sees itself as an “international sound manufactory” and travels a lot, was then able to show its own profile in Beethoven’s “Pastorale”. Chief Conductor Scaglione, Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, unites American looseness with a highly sensitive musicality. Although he bought the intimacy of his interpretation of Beethoven with extreme pianissimi and much ritardandi, he brought the sound culture of the orchestra to best advantage. ” 

(Süddeutsche Zeitung)