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Biographical references

1933
Born in Paris

1947-1952
Studies the piano with Lazare Lévy, later the percussion and orchestra conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris

1962
1st prize at the International Competition for young Conductors in Besançon. Is conducting fellow at Tanglewood.

1965-1968
Principal conductor at the Opéra de Metz

1968-2003
Permanent conductor, then musical director of the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

1973-1982
Artistic Director of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

1974
Turns the Halle aux grains de Toulouse into a concert venue

1976
First disc recording (Chausson) for EMI Classics

1975
Starts at the Opéra National de Paris, at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the New York Metropolitan Opera

1979
Makes his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

1981
Tours the United States with the Orchestre du Capitole. Premiere of « Millions d’oiseaux d’or » by Serge Nigg in Boston. Makes his debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera

1985
Creation of «Montségur » by M Landowski in Toulouse, then Paris

1990
Grand Prix Florence Gould of the Académie des Beaux-arts of the Institut de France

1992
Commander in the French Order of Art and Literature

1994-2001
Principal conductor of the Dresde Philharmonic Orchestra

1995
Annual Grand Prix 1995 of the International Music Presse

1999
Creation of the Premier cercle by G. Amy in Lyon

2010
Principal guest conductor of the Chinese National Symphonic Orchestra. Commander of the Légion d’Honneur.

2014
Creation of the International Academy for French Music

Michel Plasson

Born in Paris into a family of musicians, Michel Plasson began studying the piano with Lazare-Lévy at a very young age. He later went on to study percussion and conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he obtained first prize.
In 1962, he won first prize at the International Competition of Young Conductors in Besançon.
Then, in 1963, he worked with Erich Leinsdorf, Pierre Monteux and Léopold Stokowski at the Tanglewood music festival in the United States.
Upon his return to France in 1965, Michel Plasson was appointed Musical Director in Metz. In 1968, he was appointed permanent conductor at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. He quickly became music director of l’Orchestre du Capitole and also artistic director of the Théâtre du Capitole in 1973, a position he held for the next 30 years.
He was also the Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years.
He is regularly invited to conduct many of the greatest orchestras and at many well-known opera houses : from Moscow to Milan, from Leipzig to the United-States, China and Japan.
Michel Plasson currently is the Principal Conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing.
His favourite repertoire has always been French Music (more than one hundred recordings bear witness of that), including “Carmen” in Shanghai, “Manon” and “Faust” in Palermo, “Werther” and “Roméo et Juliette” at the Seville Maestranza, “Le Cid” in Zurich, “Les Troyens” in Strasbourg, “La damnation de Faust” in Tokyo and “Werther” at the Opéra Bastille, to name but a few.
In 1990, he was awarded the Grand Prix Florence-Gould by the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France and the Grand Prix of the international music press in 1995.
He is Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.