Ariën Artists - Olivier Robe - conductor - biography









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Short biography

French conductor Olivier Robe, was first educated as a cellist. In his home town Caen, then in Paris and eventually in Germany at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, in Essen. Subsequently he decided to study orchestral conducting in Finland with the legendary professor/teacher Jorma Panula.

More recently, Olivier Robe made his successful debut and was reinvited at the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Thüringen-Gotha and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders (shortly also known as Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Also noteworthy were his debuts at Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège (Belgium) and at the so called Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, one of the oldest chamber orchestras of Germany.

Also the current season 2019/2020 will see the artist appearing at the head of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. This time in a community project for family audience around Hector Berlioz. The more he has committed himself to coach and support actively the development of the new Antwerp Youth Orchestra, which he will conduct in December 2019.

Olivier Robe’s career was built through several European orchestras, including amongst others : the Vaasa Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the Pori Sinfonietta (Finland), the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Kammerorchester Berlin, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra Warsaw.

Meanwhile he can look back on particular partnerships with three main Romanian orchestras : the Bucharest Radio Orchestra, and both the Philharmonic Orchestras of Moldavia and Bacau.

Robe’s repertoire embraces several styles. He feels equally at home in the baroque era as in the repertoires up to the XXth century. The more he has developped over the years a large interest for our contemporary composers and got repeatedly the opportunity to work together with composers such as G. Ligeti, L. Berio, H.Dutilleux, K. Stockhausen, M. Kagel, Y. Xenakis and O. Neuwirth.

Belgium’s renowned conductor Philippe Herreweghe asked Olivier Robe at multiple occasions to assist him at the so called “Orchestre des Champs-Elysées”, amongst others within the framework of CD-recording for the label Harmonia Mundi. This cooperation has enabled him to approach classical and romatic repertoire both in a historical informed as in a modern way.

Today Olivier Robe is the assistant of Elim Chan, who was recently appointed as general music director of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. He combines this new responsibilities with guest engagements as conductor.

cv-update : season 2019/2020


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