Admired for his enthusiasm and energy, Alexandre Bloch was named principal guest conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker in February 2015. The French conductor came to international attention as winner of Donatella Flick’s LSO Conducting Competition in October 2012, after which he was appointed assistant conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed with the Seoul, Oslo, BBC, NWD, Royal Liverpool and Poznan philharmonics; the Lille, Capital de Toulouse and Lyon national orchestras; the Norwegian Radio, Danish Chamber, Ulster, Opera North, Royal Danish Opera, Chambre de Paris and Australian Youth orchestras; the Hungarian and London symphony orchestras; the Bucharest and Vancouver symphonies; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Musikkollegium Winterthur; Royal Northern Sinfonia; and Manchester Camerata.
In 2012, Bloch was granted the Sir John Zochonis Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, which gave him the opportunity to study intensively as well as to conduct operas such as Shostakovich’s Moscow Paradise (2013). Highlights of his 2012-13 season included his last minute replacement of Mariss Jansons at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for very successful concerts including Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung and a commission by Jorg Widmann and his debut with the Ulster Orchestra.
In 2012 and 2013 he attended the Tanglewood Music Center Festival. Parallel with his rise on the international stage, Alexandre founded and directs Orchestre Antipodes. Gathering young talented artists, this orchestra aims at renewing the dialogue between audiences and musicians.
Bloch studied cello in Orléans and then composition and conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, later concentrating on conducting in Zsolt Nagy’s class. He is an elected laureate of both the SYLFF Tokyo Foundation (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) and the Fondation Tarazzi. He was named a “2012 Talent” by ADAMI (French Society of Performer’s Rights).