Jean Deroyer

Music Director of Ensemble Court-Circuit
Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre Regional de Normandie

Biography

Aged 15, Jean Deroyer began his studies at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he was awarded five 1st prizes for conducting. Since graduating, Jean Deroyer has gone on to establish himself as one of the leading interpreters of contemporary repertoire in France, with Opera Brittania heralding him as ‘“The next BIG thing” in the French conducting fraternité’  following his success at the Opera Comique in Paris.

In recent seasons, Jean Deroyer has conducted many leading orchestras in France and abroad, in both contemporary music and standard repertoire, such as NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, SWR Orchester Baden-Baden, RSO Orchester Stuttgart, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lorraine (at the Acanthes Festival),  Orchestre National de Lyon, Klangforum Wein on tour to Cologne and Luxembourg, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali Milan, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris; and in halls such as the Wien Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Salle Pleyel,  Luzern Hall, Essen Philharmonie, Tokyo Opera City and Lincoln Center in New-York.

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Reviews

“… Klangforum, conducted by Jean Deroyer, gave obsessively good performances of six major works. From the whispered, stuttering fragments of Georges Aperghis’s 2008 Seesaw to the amplified howls of Bernhard Lang’s 1999 Differenz/Wiederholung 2, this was a programme rich in content and variety, well-constructed, superbly realised and thoroughly diverting.”

Shirley Apthorp

Financial Times

“Galvanized by the extraordinary Jean Deroyer’s energy, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra gave one of their best performances of the three orchestral works, in which Deroyer’s brilliance and precision were evident at all times.”

Michéle Tosi

ResMusica

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“… Klangforum, conducted by Jean Deroyer, gave obsessively good performances of six major works. From the whispered, stuttering fragments of Georges Aperghis’s 2008 Seesaw to the amplified howls of Bernhard Lang’s 1999 Differenz/Wiederholung 2, this was a programme rich in content and variety, well-constructed, superbly realised and thoroughly diverting.”

Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times 

“Galvanized by the extraordinary Jean Deroyer’s energy, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra gave one of their best performances of the three orchestral works, in which Deroyer’s brilliance and precision were evident at all times.”

Michéle Tosi, ResMusica 

“Deroyer painted in sound, with the players responding to every stroke of his brush, from a whispered Pavane to the final burst of glittery conflagration.”

William Dart, The New Zealand Herald 

“That the evening was musically invigorating, despite Fénelon’s more than problematic music, is in part thanks to conductor, Jean Deroyer, who worked hard for a flawless premiere…”

Alfred Zimmerlin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung 

“And so to Jean Deroyer, still only 33 years old, he linked extreme precision with a rare ability to bring the musicians right in to the heat of moment and present each work’s poetic uniqueness to the audience. High artistry! ”

Frank Langlois, ResMusica 

“Jean Deroyer has equally assimilated l’Oiseau Innumérable with the complicity from the soloist tackling the piano concerto, which is open to volatile frolics, light crackling and rustling of the keyboard, to the Ravelesque fluidities and gruff shaking of the author of The Rite..(…) Jean Deroyer’s interpretation is vigorous and rigorous, but without the vehemence or overvoltage that can often be found in some versions. Following a kinetic progression, he keeps his tempos and develops a relentless motivity that moves in an upward direction and highlights the orchestra's unalterable shading. The ONL has, with intelligence and integrity, restored this piece of classic contemporary music of the immediate post-war era which is not played very often perhaps, even, for the first time in Metz. ”

Georges Masson, Le Republicain-Lorrain 

“In conclusion, this great adventure masterfully led by Jean Deroyer and colleagues, upholds (without exception) this incandescent music.”

Frank Langlois, ResMusica 

“L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France was galvanised by the electrifying direction of Jean Deroyer. ”

Michéle Tosi, ResMusica