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A winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition, Valencia-born conductor Roberto Forés Veses is, since 2012, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre d’Auvergne - where he presides over a string-playing tradition famous across France and internationally, and has overseen the ensemble’s elevation to France’s ‘national’-level orchestras (hence, it is now the Orchestre National d’Auvergne). Under his directorship, the ONA has become much-in-demand as a recording orchestra - making many recordings, mainly for Warner Classics and boutique label Aparte Music. He has led the orchestra on several international tours, including to Japan and Brazil.
Equally devoted to the symphonic and operatic repertoires, Forés has conducted at the Bolshoi Opera, Teatro Regio di Torino, Stresa Festival (where he gave the world premiere of B.R.Earl’s La regina dei capelli d’oro) and at the opera companies of Avignon, Vichy, Rouen, Helsinki, Orvieto and many more. The many orchestras he has conducted include the NHK Symphony, Saint-Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, the Orquesta Sinfónica da Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra de Valencia, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Het Residentie Orchestra (Netherlands) and others.
He regularly performs at many international festivals, including La Folle Journée de Nantes and Tokyo, La Chaise-Dieu, Murten Classics, Stresa Festival, Les Flâneries musicales de Reims, Festival de la Vézère, Festival des Monts de la Madeleine, Festival de Polignac, Les Grandes Heures de Cluny, Festival Bach en Combrailles and the Berlioz Festival. In 2018 he was invited to join select other Svetlanov Competition winners in a special festival marking the 90th anniversary of Svetlanov’s birth, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Maestro Forés Veses has made more than a dozen recordings, for Warner, Aparte and 21 Music. To be released during the 2020/21 season are his recordings of Strauss’s Metamorphosen with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, of Mahler’s arrangement of Schubert’s Death And the Maiden, and others, all with the Orchestra National d’Avergne.
“A remarkable talent. (Roberto Forés Veses) does not direct a score, he is the score...as some play an instrument, he plays the orchestra...in total fusion with the performers.” La Montagne