Lionel Bringuier

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Lionel Bringuier, 21, is the youngest conductor to lead an orchestra at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall”]

Lionel Bringuier and the concept for the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall were born in the same year. Bringuier was born in Nice, France, but a precocious passion for music would inexorably link him to the Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. At 21, he is the youngest conductor to lead an orchestra on the stage, one of the main venues of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Bringuier beat 150 applicants from around the world to become Assistant Conductor of the LAPhil. He applied when he was the assistant conductor of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and a winner of the prestigious Besançon Young Conductors Competition. Bringuier honed much of his career in the “City of Lights” – starting when he was 5 years old, playing cello for the Countess of Paris.

Before snagging the position, Bringuier had never traveled to the United States, much less the “City of Angels.” Now it is his home as he serves his two-year appointment, complete with an office featuring orange leather sofas, Esa-Pekka Salonen as a colleague, and his old friends Mozart and Strauss. Bringuier sums it up best when he says, “Age isn’t important, music is.”

Update: Because of scheduling difficulties, today’s interview did not take place. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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37 Responses to Lionel Bringuier

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your life must be very full. When do you have time to meet people your own age or to date? What about having a personal life separate from music?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Believe it or not, musicians have very full lives. Being a conductor of an orchestra is more likely to get him dates than deter it.

    Actually, what I want to ask is whether or not he has trouble with people taking him seriously because of his age. At 21, you lose that elusive credibility and grand job history that other conductors have, especially since most of the musicians he’ll be working with are older than him. I don’t envy him the task, but considering his young age and brilliance I have no doubt that he was dream up some engaging and innovative ways to play the music we so love.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What do you see as the future for concert music in 20 years or more? Will the repertoire always be classics of the past? If not, how will it have to change to stay vital to a public that is exposed to more media influences?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Do you feel that America should include music as a primary part of education, not as a secondary? Why do you feel that music is such an important part of education? What would you suggest to help foster the Fine Arts Programs in this country; how can we do more?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know what drives him, what motivated him, at such a young age to succeed?

  6. Anonymous says:

    What suggestions do you have to keep a small town orchestra alive? The Brantford Symphony Orchestra, (Ontario, Canada), is a per-service professional symphony that is in dire financial straights. How do we get the message out to the general public that symphonies are important, even necessary to all communities, not just the big metropolitan centres? What repertoire “keeps then in the seats”, as it were?

  7. Anonymous says:

    What do you do all day? I’m not involved in music, so I am not familiar with what would keep you busy.

  8. Anonymous says:

    With music being such a driving force in your life, what lead you to choose conducting as opposed to sticking to playing in an orchestra?

  9. Anonymous says:

    As a mother of young musically inclined children, I face some criticism for “not allowing my child to be a child” due to their musical studies.

    In your opinion, do you feel like you “missed out on your childhhood”? What would you say to these people?

  10. Anonymous says:

    As the generation of older world renowned conductors such as Lorin Maazel and Claudio Abbado start to step away from the classical music scene, how do you see yourself as an acomplished young conductor stepping into their shoes to keep
    the art of classical music alive ?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know how you started this all? Did you take music classes when you were young and developed your skills or you just had it in you?

  12. MellyMel says:

    He couldn’t have said it any better, “Age isn’t important, music is”

  13. Lee in South Carolina says:

    What composer do you think mainstream America needs more exposure to? Why?

  14. Hilary says:

    How did you transition from playing the cello to becoming a conductor? What do you think you will you do next?

    What type of rituals do you have when preparing for a concert?

  15. M. Olsen says:

    Who are your favorite composers to conduct, and who do you think are the most challenging?

  16. uofnboy says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for energizing a new generation of classical music lovers!

  17. Dave says:

    Music is obviously of great importance to you. Did you attend public schooling in France and, if so, what role does music play in the education of your country? I ask you this question because, as a Massachusetts Public School Teacher of many years, I am witnessing the Arts disappearing as part of our future musicians education.
    Thank you for your time.

  18. alively87 says:

    What words of advice do you offer for young aspiring musicians?

  19. geeklove says:

    With music being such a driving force in your life, what lead you to choose conducting, as opposed to sticking to playing in an orchestra?

  20. Anonymous says:

    What a great bonus to have had some insightful information given by someone who ‘looks out his window on the world’ who is always labeled as having a ‘learning disability’, whose creative and thinks ‘out of the box’ to share with his public some insights as to how he sees his/the world. This is truely something of a gift to those of us who are seeking an understanding about ADD/ADHD, which most family members are at a loss to understand. I’m going to be making a ‘bee line’ down to the library and then, perhaps, the bookstore after reading this insightful gift to the world of families with ‘special’ children who are trying to make their way through the school’s classroom.

  21. Mollie Fenlon says:

    On the radio, (Public Radio-WABE/Atlanta)during the winter holidays I heard the the LAPhil perform a Rachmaninoff piece for piano and you were the guess conductor. I was so moved by the performance and wish to here this again. Is there any way I can find this in a recording that I may purchase? (IPOD/CD/vinyl) I believe it was reported that because of this performance, you were considered the “must have” for the position with the LAPhil.

  22. Chris Saylor says:

    I think what he is doing is a beautiful thing and the world will not be disappointed.

  23. Liz says:

    So is there only one impressive young female in the country? And was the point of the inclusion of that one female that she is a girl in what is primarily a “boy’s world”? Very disappointing CNN.

  24. sam says:

    he is so cool. on feb.26 2008 my class went to the disney cnocert hall and he was the conductor . since i have heard orhestra i am know likeing it .

  25. jeroen says:

    Just wanted to say helloi

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  29. Dan says:

    I thank the Lord for giving us the gift of brilliant preachers!/

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  32. lovemusic says:

    Lionel Bringuier is very big, and will be bigger yet!!
    I conduct like nobody do it

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  35. Ch .Voise says:

    Good for him…but what about the visions of Mahler , Bruckner, Wagner or Brahms…What he think about Visconti’s “Dead in Venice”…for ex… Sorry, but I cannot , with all respect for the boy, see the some of important composition conduct by the teens…At the age of 40, being already acomplish stage artist (piano, organ, oboe, conducting at Paris Cons.) I met Maestro Eleazard de Carvalho, at Yale UV…It was amaizing…I started to learn again…and from the begining…Fantastic…

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