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Chloé Dufresne

Conductor
February 2024

© Michal Nowak

  • Music
  • Atlanta
  • New York
  • San Francisco

“By working with orchestras from various countries, I have discovered and fed off a variety of cultures, emotions, and ways of ‘orchestrating.’ I am excited and enthralled by this vast musical and cultural heritage, as well as by my constant exchanges with musicians and audiences.” 

I am a French musician and conductor with a passion for cultural transmission, sharing, and teaching. I began my musical journey with children’s choirs at the opera. This taste for performance and collective practice has stayed with me ever since. I am a firm believer that music has the ability to influence society.  

In the wake of my experience performing with various ensembles (namely, choirs and orchestras), the practice of conducting emerged as the next logical step in my career, allowing me to deepen my relationship with music, to make a difference, and to grow overall as an artist. 

By working with orchestras from various countries, I have discovered and fed off a variety of cultures, emotions, and ways of “orchestrating.” I am excited and enthralled by this vast musical and cultural heritage, as well as by my constant exchanges with musicians and audiences. 

Through this residency, I hope to further my understanding of orchestra culture in the United States by attending and observing rehearsals by major conductors with prestigious orchestras from across the continent. The visit will also allow me to strengthen my ties to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

My residency will take place over four weeks, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev; the New York Philharmonic and Santtu Matias Rouvali; Nathalie Stutzmann, in Atlanta; and the San Francisco Symphony and Esa Pekka Salonen. 

 

By organizing this visit and shadowing the work of musicians in four cities, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and San Francisco, I will be able to compare the orchestras’ different working methods and environments, and pinpoint what makes up the sonic identity of each one.  

During my week in Atlanta, I will observe how Nathalie Stutzmann works and interacts with the orchestra and chorus in Verdi’s Requiem by drawing upon her own vocal expertise. 

My week with the San Francisco Orchestra will be a chance to reflect on and better appreciate what role and impact musical directors have in the United States, a country whose system of cultural economy differs considerably from that of France. Since each conductor’s career is unique, meeting and speaking with these four maestros will prove highly rewarding and invaluable to my reflection and personal development as a musician and artist. 

Chloé Dufresne has already made her mark as a conductor with her clear technique, calm authority and wide palette, winning prestigious prizes and engagements only three years after graduating from the Sibelius Academy. In 2021 she won both audience and orchestra prizes at the Besançon Conducting Competition, as well as being finalist at the Malko Competition. She was a Conducting Fellow at the 2022 Lucerne Festival and a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 22–23 season, and Gustavo Dudamel subsequently invited her to the Opéra de Paris Académie for 23–24. From 23/24 she also serves as an Artistic Director of Orchestre Ostinato, a Paris-based orchestra for musicians at the start of their careers.

In partnership with

Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris

The Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris is a national public institution dedicated to musical performance, distribution, and education. It comprises 4 concert halls, the Musée de la musique, the Orchestra de Paris, temporary exhibition spaces, educational facilities, a media library, and rehearsal rooms. Its mission is to bring music to newer and broader audiences by promoting equal access for all to different forms of music. Each season, the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris holds some 500 concerts as well as 3 temporary exhibitions. It is also home to 4 resident ensembles, organises a vast range of educational activities, and coordinates the nationwide Démos youth orchestra programme.

 

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