Ariën Artists - Patrick Davin - conductor - biography









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Equally at home in contemporary as in classical and romantic repertoires, Patrick Davin has made himself a name both in the symphonic and lyric fields. Being a former student of Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös, he has been frequently asked to premiere works by composers such as Philippe Boesmans, Luc Brewaeys, Bruno Mantovani, Jacqueline Fontyn, Charles Chaynes, Vinko Globokar, Murray Schafer, Conlon Nancarrow, Michael Levinas, Henri and Denis Pousseur, Xavier Dayer, James Dillon, Jean-Luc Hervé, Jean-Yves Bosseur, Kris Defoort and Marco Stroppa.


His most recent comeback at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg, Brussels Philharmonic and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. With the latter in a concert dedicated to the famous Belgian composer Luc Brewaeys at the Elisabeth Hall Antwerpen. (Autumn 2019)

October 2018, Patrick Davin was called to replace ad hoc Berlioz' Damnation de Faust at deutsche Oper Berlin. A challenging event which he took up with great mastery. Also his previous engagements to conduct Damnation at Opéra Bastille Paris, Grand Théâtre de Genève and lately the Royal Opera House of Wallonie Liège were lavished with praise.

More noteworthy productions to have taken place under his baton are Louise (Charpentier) at Opéra Bastille ; La muette de Portici and Le domino noir, both by Daniel F.E. Auber, at the Paris' Opéra Comique ; the world premieres of Au monde and Pinocchio (Boesmans) both directed by Joël Pommerat at ROH La Monnaie ; Nozze di Figaro, Pénélope (Fauré) directed by Olivier Py and Dr Atomic (Adams), directed by Lucinda Childs, at the Opera House of Strasbourg.


Le Comte Ory at the Opera house of Metz, Madama Butterfly at the Opera house of Avignon and Lakme at ROH Liege.

Patrick Davin has held the position of Chief Conductor of the ensembles “L’Itinéraire” (Paris) and “Musiques nouvelles” (Belgium) ; Principal GuestConductor at the Opera House of Marseille and artistic and musical director of the Symphonic Orchestra of Mulhouse (FR). Currently, he’s holding the position of Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House Wallonie Liège. A House, he has meanwhile conducted numerous productions, amongst which : Pelléas et Mélisande, La Voix humaine, Il segreto di Susanna, Le Roi d’Ys, Arabella, Zauberflöte


Last season (2018/19) Patrick Davin conducted amongst others, the world premiere of Pierre Bartholomée’s opera Nous sommes éternels at the Opera House of Metz and appeared subsequently in Faust at ROH Liège and in Entführung aus dem Serail at Monte-Carlo’s Opera House.

The more, Patrick Davin has repeatedly appeared in the Opera Houses of Geneva, Toulouse, Monte-Carlo, Marseille, Lyon to name just a few... At home, previously of the above-mentioned productions of Au monde and Pinocchio, the Monnaie Theatre cooperated with Patrick Davin for Philippe Boesmans' complete operas : Reigen, Wintermärchen, Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne (Belgian premiere) Au monde (world premiere) and engaged him also to lead the world premieres of The Woman Who Walked into Doors and The House of the Sleeping Beauties (Kris Defoort), L’Uomo dal fiore in bocca (Luc Brewaeys) and La Dispute (Benoît Mernier). The artist's operatic repertoire includes also : Fledermaus, Carmen, La Traviata, Dialogues des Carmélites, Don Giovanni, Werther, Les Contes d'Hoffmann ...

He has collaborated with stage directors such as : Luc Bondy, Jorge Lavelli, Herbert Wernicke, Christophe Marthaler, Nicolas Joël, Robert Lepage, Andre Engel, Olivier Py, Stephen Langridge, Jürgen Flimm, Philippe Sireuil, Stefano Mazzonis, Nicolas Brieger, Philippe Arlaud, Jean-Louis Grinda, Guy Cassiers, Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser to name just a few.

Symphonic projects have led to cooperations with Klangforum Wien ; Ensemble Modern, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Radio orchestras of Stuttgart and München, Musikfabrik Düsseldorf ; l’Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestras of Montpellier, the National Orchestras of Toulouse and Lille and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice. Next to invitations by the Orchestras of Winterthur and La Suisse-Romande ; Jonde and Teatro Real ; Het Orkest van het Oosten, Gelders orkest and Nieuw Sinfonietta (NL) ; Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Belgian national Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg.   

cv-update : November 2019


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