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.

Recent key engagements have included performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National de France, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Sinfonia Varsovia, RTE Concert Orchestra and re-invitations to Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Ensemble projects include Ensemble Modern (world premieres of pieces by Márton Illès and Hanspeter Kyburn), Bouffes de Nord and Plural Ensemble in Madrid. Recently Jean has conducted with Opera National de Paris, Opera Geneva and at a range of festivals, including Avignon Festival, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Festival de l’Epau and Acanthes Festival in Paris.

Opera highlights have included conducting L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève in the world premiere of Philippe Fénelon’s Citoyen de Genève as part of the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a double bill of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Trouble in Tahiti at Théâtre de Caen with Orchestre Régional de Normandie, the premiere of L’Amour Coupable by Thierry Pecou at Opera de Rouen, a production of Pelléas et Mélisande also at Opera de Rouen, a new production of Peter Weiss’ Der Turm at the Grand Theatre du Luxembourg with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and the greatly acclaimed premiere of Les Boulingrin by Georges Aperghis, staged by Jérôme Deschamps at the Opera Comique in Paris. Last season Jean Deroyer toured with Ensemble Court Circuit in association with Bouffes du Nord in a new production of Mimi, inspired by Puccini’s La Bohème and featuring newly composed music by Frédéric Verrières.  During the 16/17 season, Jean conductrf The Rake’s Progress on tour, with performances in Caen, Reims, Limoges and Luxembourg.

Over the last few seasons Jean Deroyer has built a strong relationship with Ensemble Intercontemporain. He toured with them extensively in South America, conducting Michael Jarrell’s monodrama Cassandre. Other contemporary ensembles with whom he works include Ensemble Remix, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Ensemble Itinéraire, Ensemble Modern, Plural Ensemble and Klangforum Wien.  

He conducted Stockhausen’s Gruppen for three orchestras alongside Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös at the 2007 Lucerne Festival and in 2010 was invited by Boulez himself to conduct a complete programme of his music. In 2010, he travelled to Beirut for a concert with the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra as part of a co-production between La Mission Culturelle Française au Liban and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique à Beyrouth, and opened the Sacrum Profanum Festival with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Krakow.

Other guest engagements have included the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre d’Avignon, as well as some larger-scale projects: an unstaged performance of Paul Dukas’s Ariane et Barbe Bleue with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France at the Salle Pleyel and the premiere of Frédéric Verrières’ The Second Woman at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris with Ensemble Court-Circuit.  The enormous success of this opera has led to subsequent tours in France and Luxembourg.

He has recorded Thomas Roussel’s Cellar Door with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for EMI and also works by Ferneyhough with the Elision Ensemble on the Kairos label. In 2011 he recorded Exercices de Style by Matteo Franceschini with the Orchestre National d’Île de France. As part of Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo Festival, Jean worked with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo in a concert and recording project of new works by Gilbert Amy, Philipp Maintz and Philippe Hurel, released under the OPMC Classics label.

This season Jean joins the Lemanic Modern ensemble in Switzerland for their Transitoires concerts and he returns to Paris for the concert de l’Academie de l’Opéra de Paris and to conduct the Ile des Créations composition competition with Orchestre d’Ile de France. He will also conduct the RTE National Symphony Orchestra with the Fidelio Trio for their Finlandia & Triple Concerto concerts in Dublin.

Jean is the Music Director of Ensemble Court-Circuit and the Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre Régional de Normandie.

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

More 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 

“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