Adrien Perruchon
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The unexpected that often reveals a great conductor.

Le Figaro
14 / 24


Following his extraordinary debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France at Paris’s new l'Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio in 2014, the young Frenchman Adrien Perruchon left no doubt that he is a major talent with the ability to lead his fellow musicians to achieve extraordinary musical results. Since then, Perruchon worked with orchestras including Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, WDR Funkhausorchester, Mozarteum Salzburg as well as Vienna Symphony for his debut at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein as well as on tour throughout Germany with violinist Hilary Hahn. He also enjoyed collaborations with soloists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Gautier Capuçon, Augustin Hadelich, Edgar Moreau and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.


Recent highlights have included Perruchon’s debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre de l’Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Sofia Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover as well as further afield Osaka Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic. Perruchon continues his wonderful relationship with return invitations to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in the 2017/18 season when he will also appear with Les Siècles as well as on a major European tour with Gautier Capuçon and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. In summer 2018 he will make his debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra at their annual Blossom Music Festival.

Following his work with François-Xavier Roth at Oper Köln where he conducted performances of the new Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz), La Bohème (Puccini), Don Giovanni (Mozart) and the L’Heure Espagnole / L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel) double bill productions, Perruchon will take on a new Opera Jeune Public adaption, directed by Damien Robert, of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This is a special co-production initiated by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Before taking up conducting, Perruchon has collaborated with such distinguished artists such as Daniel Barenboim at La Scala, Milan, the late Claudio Abbado with the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna. As a conductor, he assisted at various European festivals and opera houses including Alain Altinoglu in Paris as well as this summer’s Salzburg Festival production of Don Giovanni with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Perruchon also regularly works with Esa-Pekka Salonen at this summer’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Pélleas et Mélisande), Swedish Radio Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London as well as Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Born in 1983, Adrien Perruchon started his musical training with the piano before moving on to bassoon and percussion later on in his career. Appointed Principal Timpanist with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France by Myung-Whun Chung in 2003, and subsequently with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, he held both positions until 2016. In the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, Perruchon held the position of Dudamel Conducting Fellow at Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. 

SEASON 2017/2018


“Adrien Perruchon, le chef qui a sauvé le Violon Romantique”

France 3, Claude Fallas, 20.8.2016

“The concert promised to be magnificent, and it was: at once soft, round, smiling, but also energetic, tense and removed, leading towards a divine finale where the public, orchestra, conductor and violin solo seemingly maintained their breathing in perfect harmony until the end [...]”

France 3, Claude Fallas, 20.8.2016

“The flexibility of expression, smooth transitions, the controlling dedication, fluent transparency and moderate lyricism all demonstrate a capacity to keep an eye on the overall structure whilst truly engaging with the musicians.”

Concert Classic, Michel le Naour, 12.12.2014

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