Laurence Equilbey

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“...the conductor Laurence Equilbey was equally impressive, with her period band Insula being a warm, responsive presence in the pit.”
Michael White Catholic Herald, June 2018

Making her Mostly Mozart Festival debut in 2018, Laurence Equilbey led a staged production of Haydn’s Creation in collaboration with a Barcelona-based experimental theater group La Fura dels Baus, and created “an alluring production which dazzled their audiences” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times).

Conductor and musical director of Insula Orchestra and Accentus Choir, Ms. Equilbey is known for her demanding yet open-minded approach to her art. Her exploration of the symphonic repertoire has seen her conduct the Orchestre National de Lyon, Hessischer Rundfunk, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Camerata Salzburg, Concerto Köln, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Bruxelles, among others.

Laurence Equilbey has recently conducted Gounod’s Bloody Nun (Opéra Comique), Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (Grand Théâtre de Provence, La Seine Musicale, Theater an der Wien, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Elbphilharmonie), Mozart’s Lucio Silla (Theater an der Wien), Britten’s Albert Herring (Opéra de Rouen Normandie and Opéra Comique), Sous apparence ballet by Marie-Agnès Gillot (Opéra de Paris) and Reynaldo Hahn’s Ciboulette (Opéra Comique). She is an associate artist of the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence and has a privileged relationship with the Paris Philharmonie.

Under Laurence Equilbey’s Artistic Direction, Accentus Choir interprets great vocal music repertoire, ranging from a cappella works to stage productions and from Baroque to Contemporary periods. Laurence Equilbey supports contemporary creation. She is also Artistic Director and Director of Education at the Department for Young Singers at the Paris Conservatory.

With Insula orchestra, Laurence Equilbey recorded Mozart’s Requiem with Sandrine Piau (naïve, 2014), Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Franco Fagioli (Deutsche Grammophon, 2015), Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Warner Classics – Erato, 2017), Schubert’s Lieder with orchestra (Warner Classics – Erato, 2017). In 2017, Comala (Dacapo, 2017) was released, recorded in Copenhagen with the Danish National Choir and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. This past season Laurence Equilbey, Insula orchestra and accentus recorded two albums dedicated to Beethoven (Warner Classics – Erato), with Nicholas Angelich, Alexandra Conunova, Natalie Clein and David Kadouch.

“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
“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 Seguin, 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 programming neglected repertoire, particularly the work of female composers.”
Roslyn Sulcas New York Times, July 2018