Fabrice Bollon is a highly versatile conductor, internationally acclaimed both in the field of opera and within the symphonic range. His wide repertoire includes lesser known works of the 19th century (particularly French) such as the operas Cendrillon of Jules Massenet, Pénélope of Gabriel Fauré or symphonies of Albert Roussel and Joseph Ryelandt. Bollon, born 1965 in Paris, dedicates a certain amount of his directing for performances of contemporary compositions and has conducted a large number of premieres including works by Emmanuel Nunes and Mauricio Kagel. After studying conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Michael Gielen, he had his début at the Salzburg Festival with the opera Satyricon by Bruno Maderna.
From 1994 to 1998, Fabrice Bollon worked as Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, with which he undertook numerous concert tours, CD, and broadcast productions. He then held the position of Deputy Music Director of the Opera Chemnitz from 1998 to 2003. Guest appearances led him to the Operas of Tel Aviv, Krakow, Lucerne, Amsterdam and to the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and repeatedly to famous orchestras all over Europe, such as the SWR Orchestra Stuttgart, the DSO Berlin, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Residentie Orkest Den Hague, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, RAI Torino and the Orchestre National de Lyon.
In 2002 Fabrice Bollon conducted the German première of the opera Pénélope by Gabriel Fauré and the world première of the opera Labyrinth by Peter von Winter, for which Schikaneder wrote the libretto The Magic Flute Part II, performed for the first time in 175 years. The score was edited, shortened and supplemented with articulation and dynamic indications for the orchestra by Fabrice Bollon.
Selected highlights of recent seasons include re-invitations to the MDR, SWR Freiburg, SWR Stuttgart, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Opera Maastricht with Barber of Seville, NJP Japan, SR-Saarbrücken and concerts in Amsterdam with the Holland Sinfonia and the Brabants Orkest. Invitations to France, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, as well as numerous CD and radio broadcasts make him one of the most interesting French conductors. In summer 2008 Fabrice Bollon also conducted two concerts at the Salzburg Festival.
Fabrice Bollon is music director of the Theatre Freiburg where he has performed the whole of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” alongside numerous orchestral concerts. Fabrice Bollon has also recently composed a work for turntables and orchestra for the MDR Leipzig.
Fabrice Bollon has been nominated three times for Conductor of the Year in the Opernwelt Yearbook. 50 critics nominate their favourite in 14 categories. Alongside Fabrice’s nominations, his Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra was nominated three times for the best orchestra and the Theatre Freiburg was nominated once for the best theatre.
In 2013, he was engaged at the Stanislavski National Opera of Moscow to conduct the first production of Tannhauser after they didn’t play Wagner for 90 years. He returns there for performances every season.
In 2016, Fabrice is conducting at the famous International Bartok Festival in Miskolc, Hungary.
Fabrice Bollon was recently nominated for the Gramophone Award for the CD Francesca da Rimini, by Riccardo Zandonai.