Alain Altinoglu
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"Mr Altinoglu was the hero of the evening, conducting a pulsing, compelling “Otello” ..."

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In his second season as Music Director of Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Alain Altinoglu continues to earn rave reviews for his intense yet refined performances. This season will also mark the re-opening of La Moannaie’s iconic opera house following extensive renovation works.

As guest Alain Altinoglu regularly conducts such distinguished orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich as well as all the major Parisian orchestras.


Highlights of this season include Altinoglu’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducting his own arrangement of a suite from Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande. He will appear at The Mozart Festival in Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as well as at London’s Royal Festival Hall for his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra followed by an extensive European tour. Other important debuts include concerts with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Oslo Philharmonic and Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin with Leif Ove Andsnes. In Brussels Altinoglu will conduct new productions of Wagner’s Lohengrin and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelite, both directed by Olivier Py as well as Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin and Bluebeard’s Castle in a new double bill production by Christophe Coppens.

A regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses, Altinoglu appears at Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper unter den Linden, the Bayerische Staatsoper München and all three opera houses in Paris. He has also appeared at the festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange and Aix-en-Provence.

Alongside his conducting, Altinoglu maintains a strong affinity and command over the Lied repertoire. Regularly accompanying mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch, their most recent recording for Naïve includes folk songs by de Falla, Obradors, Granados, Berio and Brahms. Other recordings together have included a disc of songs by Henri Duparc (Cascavelle) and Maurice Ravel (Naïve). Altinoglu recorded arias with Piotr Beczala for Deutsche Grammophon. Past releases include Lalo’s Fiesque with the Orchestre National de Montpellier and Roberto Alagna (DG) and Liszt’s Piano Concertos with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Nareh Arghamanyan (PentaTone). DVD recordings include Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Accord) in 2007 and a recording of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (DG) in 2015.

Born in Paris in 1975, Alain Altinoglu studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he now teaches the conducting class. 

SEASON 2017/2018


“Alain Altinoglu dazzles in Boston Symphony debut”

Kevin Wells, Bachtrack, 03.04.2017

“In a concert of extraordinary sophistication, dynamic daring, brilliant transparency and supple phrasing from the London Symphony Orchestra and the French conductor Alain Altinoglu”

Anna Picard, The Times, 27.03.2017

“Some conductors use extreme softness boastfully. Altinoglu is too elegant a musician to do that, and the LSO is too refined an ensemble to show the effort required”

Anna Picard, The Times, 27.03.2017

“Altinoglu led the suite with energy and surgical precision, and The Cleveland Orchestra infused the piece with dazzling color. The audience response was rapturous.”

Daniel Hathaway, Cleveland Classical, 17.10.2016

“Altinoglu led a performance that detailed the colors in Shostakovich’s orchestration: clarinet, oboe and English horn solos, and a soaring violin melody. Chiming bells open the new day, with shimmering strings and celesta, before it all fades away. It was beautifully evocative.”

Timothy Robson, Bachtrack, 16.10.2016

“Alain Altinoglu conducted powerfully and with fire. He hits exactly the sinister tone of the piece ["Macbeth"] and, together with the eager orchestra, works out the pale colours of Verdi’s unusual instrumentation with precision.”

Kleine Zeitung, Ernst Naredi-Rainer, 06.10.2015

“That these portentous questions arise from a staging that’s poignant, exciting, witty, even campy in the watching attests to the creativity and confidence of Mr. Neuenfels’s vision, ideally supported by Alain Altinoglu’s intense yet refined conducting, the winds given revealing prominence in the orchestral textures.”

New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 28.07.2015

“The orchestra played superbly for Altinoglu, whose reading of the score emphasizes its lightness, elegance and ironic qualities […] He is clearly a ‘singers’ conductor’ in that he allows them time to shape their music and refrains from engaging in the blood sport of tenor-torturing.”

MusicOMH, Melanie Eskenazi, 13.06.2015

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Folk SongsAlain Altinoglu with Nora Gubisch, music for piano and voiceMay. 2014, naïve, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Ravel MélodiesAlain Altinoglu with Nora Gubisch, music for piano and voiceDec. 2012, naïve, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Bernhard Herrmann: Les Hauts de HurleventOrchestre National de MontpellierOct. 2011, Universal, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Duparc: MélodiesAlain Altinoglu with Nora Gubisch and works by DuparcJun. 2010, Cascavelle, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon