Conductor



Born in Paris in 1960 son of Willy Holt and Martine Pascal

Born in Paris, Olivier Holt studied orchestral conducting with European and American masters such as Jean Fournet, Franco Ferrara, Leonard Bernstein and Charles Mackerras. He obtained the "Wiener Meisterkurs" diploma at the Hochschule für Musik.

Following his operatic debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet, he went on to conduct numerous productions at the Opéra Comique, the Théâtre de Paris, the Opéra de Nancy, the Opéra de Lille, and the Opéra de Marseille, with renowned soloists such as Natalie Dessay, Felicity Lott, Sophie Koch, Gabriel Bacquier, José Van Dam, Alain Fondary and Mario Luperi.

Founding Music Director and Conductor of the professional European orchestra known as the Orchestre Symphonique d'Europe, Mr. Holt participated in productions in France and throughout Europe: Vienna, the Mozarteum, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Pau Casal Festival. He also appeared frequently as a guest conductor with the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Philharmonie de Lorraine, the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne, the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Minsk Symphony Orchestra.

New recordings conducted by Mr. Holt include a compilation of classical works for the Philips-Classics label with the participation of Françoise Pollet, Natalie Dessay, Olivier Charlier and Nicolas Rivencq; Théodore Gouvy's Cantate Egill and Stabat Mater with the Philharmonie de Lorraine for the K617 label; and the worldwide premiere of the opera "Maximilien Kolbe" composed by Dominique Probst and written by Eugène Ionesco. The recording of this opera won the "Orphée d'Or" award from the French Académie Nationale du Disque Lyrique.

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