Born in Nice, France in 1986, Lionel Bringuier obtained his diploma in both violoncello and conducting from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Following his 2005 win at the Besançon Young Conductors Competition, he has returned regularly to guest with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, among many others. He was Music Director at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid, Spain 2009-2012, is currently in his sixth year as Resident Conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is Chief Conductor and Music Director designate of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from the 14/15 season.
Venezuelan born and violinist by training, Gustavo Dudamel is a product of the internationally recognized “El Sistema” musical education programme of his native homeland. Following his win at the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, he has conducted virtually all of the top US and European orchestras. His opera work has been focussed in Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2009 he began his current tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and is in his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
As both a lauded composer and a world renowned conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that has marked him as one of the most important contemporary artists in classical music. Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. His compositions Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics. He continues to write new works and his compositions are widely performed throughout Europe, the United States and around the globe.