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Nathalie Stutzmann


Regarded as one of the most important musical personalities of our time and as one of the rare and authentic voice of contralto, Nathalie Stutzmann signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon as singer and conductor. A first recording of the great Vivaldian contraltos and called Prima Donna, in which she both sings and conducts, was released last year. The next CD, dedicated to Bach, will be released later this year.

Nathalie Stutzmann regularly works with the most important conductors and performs as soloist with the most prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

An accomplished musician, Nathalie Stutzmann started her studies of piano, bassoon, chamber music, and also conducting at a very young age. Along with her many concerts as a singer, she also devotes a part of her season to her chamber orchestra, Orfeo 55, created in 2009 and in residence at the Arsenal in Metz; as well as to her activities of guest conductor. 

For the anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler in 2011 Nathalie Stutzmann sang much of this repertoire, including his 3rd and 8th symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Simon Rattle, Das Lied von der Erde and Kindertotenlieder.

Particularly renowned as recitalist for her interpretations of German songs and French melodies, she performs all over the world with the Swedish pianist Inger Södergren.

With Orfeo 55, she will tour Europe with the Prima Donna program and a concert devoted to Bach.  During the next two seasons, she appear as guest conductor in classical and romantic repertoire with the orchestras of São Paulo, Barcelona, and Gelders, among others.

Nathalie Stutzmann was first given singing lessons by her mother, Christiane Stutzmann, and then studied at the École d'Art Lyrique de l'Opéra de Paris with Michel Sénéchal and also with the German baritone Hans Hotter. Her conducting teacher was Jorma Panula.

Nathalie Stutzmann is a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. She regularly gives master classes around the world, and teaches at the Haute École de Musique de Genève.

March Nathalie Stutzmann is considered one of the most outstanding musical personalities of our time, with parallel careers as both Contralto and Conductor.  Her charismatic musicianship, the unique combination of rigour and fantasy which characterises her style have been recognised by her peers, audience and critics alike. In 2015 Nathalie Stutzmann was announced as Associate Artist of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. Beginning at the start of the 2016/17 season, the 3-year collaboration is multi-dimensional, with a focus on conducting projects. Ms Stutzmann is also Associate Artist of the Orchestre National de Bordeaux for the 2016/17 season, and has just been announced as Principal Guest Conductor of RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, starting September 2017.

Plans for the 2016/17 season include conducting débuts with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra (Messiah), Spanish National Orchestra, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester and Theater Orchester Biel, and return visits to Mito Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonia, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine. She will conduct Tannhäuser at Monte-Carlo Opera, an immediate invitation following her 2014 success with L'elisir d'amore. Projects with Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra include performances of Mozart's Mass in C minor and Schumann's Piano Concerto with Khatia Buniatishvili.

Recent highlights within Europe include return guest conducting projects with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (where she was Artist-in-Residence for the 2015/16 season), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and débuts with Gavle Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and RTE National Symphony of Ireland. In the United States she conducted Handel's Messiah with Detroit Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra Washington to great success, and made her debut with St Louis Symphony including Dvorak Symphony No.7.

Nathalie Stutzmann's conducting career is also flourishing in Japan. In Autumn 2015 she made her highly successful debut with the New Japan Philharmonic at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, conducting a programme of Takemitsu, Schubert and Bizet. In 2014, following a first project with the Mito Chamber Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa invited Ms Stutzmann to share the concert platform with him, for a symphonic programme of works by Mendelssohn. She returns to conduct the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Autumn 2016 with a programme of symphonies by Mozart, Prokofiev and Bizet. Maestro Ozawa also invited her to conduct a production of Ravel's L' enfant et les sortilèges at the Saito Kinen Festival in Summer 2015.

Nathalie Stutzmann studied conducting with the legendary Finnish teacher Jorma Panula and was mentored by Seiji Ozawa and Simon Rattle. She founded her own chamber orchestra, Orfeo 55, in 2009.  The orchestra's permanent home is at the Arsenal in Metz, France, where Ms Stutzmann is Artist in Residence. She received the ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite' honour from the French State and in Spring 2015 she was appointed an Officer of the prestigious "Arts et Lettres" in France.

Ms Stutzmann has an exclusive contract with Warner Classics/ Erato as both singer and conductor. Her most recent recording at the helm of Orfeo 55 "Heroes from the Shadows", an album which puts unfairly overlooked roles in Handel's Operas firmly into the limelight, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim.  Other recent releases include "Prima Donna" for DG, featuring Vivaldi's great contralto repertoire, and "Une Cantate Imaginaire", a highly-praised cornucopia of some of Bach's most glorious vocal and orchestral music, both recorded with Orfeo 55.2012

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