August 15, 2010 |
"Any asino can conduct," the autocratic Italian maestro Arturo Toscanini once said, comparing routine conductors to dunces. "But to make music, eh? Is difficile !" Now, try conducting a major orchestra without a rehearsal, as 23-year-old Lionel Bringuier, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's associate conductor, did in May. Or consider Leonard Slatkin's predicament last season when a reputed lack of familiarity with Verdi's "La Traviata" resulted in an ill-fated performance at the Metropolitan Opera.
September 29, 2007 |
For many people, turning 21 is an excuse for lots of partying and drinking. But for Lionel Bringuier, who turned 21 this week, marking that milestone is shaping up as a much more sober affair: He will make his debut today as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new assistant conductor -- the youngest in the orchestra's history. Yet Bringuier, who hails from Nice, France, doesn't want people to focus on his age. In fact, he's eager to avoid the subject.
August 4, 2012 |
Somehow, Beethoven at the Bowl makes for an ideal, sympathetic pairing of site and sound, if the past two seasons are an indication. Last year at the Hollywood Bowl, Itzhak Perlman performed admirable double-duty, as violin soloist and guest L.A. Phil conductor on themes of the popular Fifth and the deliciously quirky Eighth Symphony. Thursday at the Beethoven-endowed Bowl, the violin feature and symphony components were boldly led by the gifted young Frenchmen, violinist Renaud Capuçon and maestro Lionel Bringuier, with the Violin Concerto in D, Opus 61 and the rousing good time of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. As before, Beethoven's majesty, profundity and ear-warming familiarity rang out expansively in the Bowl's night air, also proving a resilient enough musical force to endure inevitable sonic intruders.
May 8, 2010 |
Gustavo Dudamel is known for his energetic and indefatigable presence on the classical-music podium. But on Thursday evening, the 28-year-old Venezuelan conductor's high-impact conducting style apparently caught up with him midway through a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Dudamel injured his neck during a performance of Dvorák's Cello Concerto, featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic and soloist Alisa Weilerstein. The conductor heard a loud pop and lost sensation in parts of his body during the final movement of the piece, according to Philharmonic President Deborah Borda.
August 17, 2010
Los Angeles Philharmonic Augustin Hadelich, violinist; Lionel Bringuier conducts Where: Hollywood Bowl When: 8 p.m. Thursday Tickets: $1 to $129 Information: (323) 850-2000; http://www.hollywoodbowl.com
November 2, 2006 |
FRENCH conductor Lionel Bringuier, who turned 20 on Sept. 24, has been named assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning in 2007. Currently assistant conductor of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, he will be the youngest assistant conductor in the Philharmonic's 87-year history. "For a Frenchman, it's really a dream to come to the United States," Bringuier said Wednesday by phone from Nice, France, his birthplace.