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RÉMY BALLOT Conductor 

Chief Conductor Klangkollektiv Wien
Conductor in Residence Richard Strauss Tage Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Conductor in Residence Bruckner Days St. Florian
Founder Ballot Quartet


'Simply one of the best conductors of our time'

Crescendo, 2021

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Photo credit: Reinhard Winkler

Since the start of his collaboration with Bruckner Days St. Florian in 2011, Rémy Ballot has earned international recognition and critical acclaim for his interpretations of Bruckner’s symphonies, and raising the Altomonte Orchestra St. Florian to the level of the world’s finest orchestras.


Considered by many to be the foremost Bruckner conductor of his generation, his live recordings of all Bruckner symphonies at the Abbey of St. Florian serve as reference recordings and have won numerous awards, including the American Bruckner Society’s ‘Recording of the Year’ Award', the Diapason d’or Découverte, Pizzicato's Supersonic Prize (four times), and several ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) as well as Grammy nominations. The Austrian National Library chose Rémy Ballot’s Bruckner cycle also as sound samples for their big anniversary exhibition at the National Library’s State Hall in 2024.

In April 2024, Ballot debuted with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducting Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, stepping in at short notice. This debut resulted in an immediate re-invitation to conduct Bruckner’s Fourth Sympphony and Mozart’s K488 in Bergamo and Brescia in the same month.


Rémy Ballot is the last student of Sergiu Celibidache, whom he first met at the age of 16. After Celibidache died, Ballot founded his own orchestra in Paris, which he then directed for five years. He studied violin with Gérard Poulet at the Paris Conservatoire in addition to receiving further musical inspiration from Ivry Gitlis.


He founded Klangkollektiv Wien together with the clarinettist and Vienna Philharmonic member Norbert Täubl, where he is breaking new ground in exploring the repertoire of the First Viennese School. The founding concert with works by Haydn, Webern and Schubert was enthusiastically received by the Viennese and German press, and led to highly acclaimed debuts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Prinzregententheater in Munich. This relationship has also resulted in numerous CDs, which have met with unambiguous critical acclaim.


He has also worked with the Orchestre National Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Orchestra of the Academy Ossiach and the Philharmonie Salzburg, among others.


Parallel to his work as a conductor, Rémy Ballot is continuing his activity as first violinist of the Ballot Quartet/Quintet. In 2020, his CD recording of both Bruckner’s String Quartet and String Quintet was hailed as a new reference recording by the Diapason and Crescendo magazines, and the Austrian ORF radio station Ö1. This recording has been awarded the Supersonic Prize and has won an ICMA nomination.

April 2024

Territory: Scandinavia

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