Columbia Artists welcomes Laurence Equilbey
December 7, 2018

Columbia Artists welcomes
Laurence Equilbey
Columbia Artists is pleased to announce the North American representation of conductor, Laurence Equilbey.

Founder and Music Director of the period instrument Insula Orchestra and the accentus Choir, Ms. Equilbey is applauded for her multidisciplinary approach to Classical Music as manifest in the staged production of Haydn’s Creation she led at Lincoln Center this past July.


Staged by the Barcelona-based La Fura dels Baus and performed by Insula and accentus, Ms. Equilbey garnered critical praise, “Ms. Equilbey drew lithe, impressively natural playing from the excellent orchestra. And the great final chorus of praise, a stirring fugue, could not have been better” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, July 2018).

Now resident with her ensembles in the new Paris concert hall La Seine Musicale on Île Seguin island, Laurence Equilbey also is in charge of creating the artistic vision and the programming of visiting ensembles and artists.

Highlights of her upcoming season include Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and leading both the Insula Orchestra and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin through Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5. 

Ms. Equilbey will also participate in the Salzburg Music Festival with Camerata Salzburg and the Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik performing Sofia Gubaidulina’s Seven Last Words for Cello, Bayan, and Strings. Additionally, she will conduct Mozart’s Requiem with Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie and with Insula Orchestra in their fully staged production. 

In 2021, Laurence Equilbey, Insula Orchestra, and accentus choir will embark on their United States Tour, performing the symphonic repertoire of Mozart’s Requiem, and collaborating with La Fura dels Baus to perform the staged production of Haydn’s The Creation.


“The production is proof of Ms. Equilbey’s stubbornly individual approach to leading her orchestra, the resident ensemble at La Seine Musicale, the egg-shaped wood-and-glass performance center that opened last year on the Île Seqguin, an island on the Seine just west of Paris. She has made a name for herself by tenaciously embarking on unusual projects like “The Creation”, embracing technology, and programing neglected repertoire, particularly the work of female composers.”
- Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, July 2018
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