[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/26/art.bringuier.la.jpg 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.