Lionel Bringuier, a French conductor, has been named music director of the famed Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra beginning 2014-15 season. Lionel Bringuier will succeed David Zinman, who held this position for over 17 years.
Lionel Bringuier begins his tenure as Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid, Spain in the 2009/10 season and continues his role as « Associate Conductor » to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and as « Chef associé » of the Orchestre de Bretagne. Additionally, he will have guesting return engagements with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
He will also make his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Winner of the 49th Besançon Young Conductors Competition in 2005, he was awarded the unanimous decision of the Besançon jury, the “Prix du Public” as audience favourite, as well as the top vote of the musicians of the festival orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Since his triumph, he has conducted some of the top orchestras in the world including the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.