Laurence Equilbey

Laurence Equilbey © Julien Benhamou
BIOGRAPHY

Laurence Equilbey is recognized as one of the most prominent French conductors of her generation. Celebrated for her special artistic vision, and her demanding and open way of approaching the art of directing.

As a student of N. Harnoncourt, E. Ericson, D. Ham, C. Metters and J. Panula, Equilbey entered the international scene by becoming the founder and musical director of Accentus, the award-winning chamber choir based in Paris. In 2012, with the generous support of the Département des Hauts-de-Seine, Equilbey became the founder and music director of Insula Orchestra, an early music ensemble acclaimed by international critics, with numerous recordings and tours in Europe. Highlighted events are her debut at Lincoln Center in New York in 2018, and her residency for three consecutive years at Barbican Center in London.

In 2017, Insula became the first orchestra in residence of La Seine Musicale, an avant-garde space dedicated to culture, located in the south-west of Paris. As artistic director, Equilbey oversees the extensive programming of this impressive auditorium, including symphonic concerts.

Beyond her collaboration with Insula, Equilbey is highly sought after as a guest conductor by the most prominent orchestras on the international scene. She regularly appears in the programming of French orchestras such as the Lyon National Orchestra and the Strasbourg Philharmonic. Her recent and future appearances on the European stage include his collaboration with BBC NOW, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the HR-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt and the London Philharmonia.

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