"Julian is a complete musician. A sensitive musician with a flawless technique, insight into the score, finding the right style for scores of even the most diverse esthetics. He is a great communicant too. Friendly, engaging, inspiring".
Matthias Pintscher (from Matthias Pinscher's letter of recommandation - Feb. 2014).
"Doté d'un sens musical fort et d'une technique précise, il transmet avec clarté la musique qu’il souhaite entendre et défend l’ensemble des répertoires avec la même exigence (…). A cela s’ajoutent ses grandes qualités humaines qui lui assurent un excellent contact avec les musiciens".
Pierre Boulez (from Pierre Boulez' letter of recommandation - April 2014).
Assistant conductor of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC), working first for Susanna Mälkki (2012/2013), then for Matthias Pintscher (2013/2015), Julien Leroy joins in the new generation of young French conductors. His repertoire extends from 18th century to contemporary music, wether it is symphonic, lyrical or music for ensemble.
The 2013/2014 season proved to be a turning point in Julien Leroy's young career: debuts with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Mulhouse and Auvergne orchestras, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris... At the same time, he kept on collaborating with the Orchestre régional de Basse Normandie and regularly conducted the Ensemble Intercontemporain: in Paris (Cité de la Musique) and Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts) for Winterreise (Schubert/Mark Andre); at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord to premiere Te craindre en ton absence (Hector Parra/Marie Ndiaye); during a Mexican tour (fall 2014)... Susanna Mälkki requested him as her assistant for a stage production of Francesconi's Quartet, which allows him to conduct the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in Lisbon.
Julien Leroy has been awarded the 2014 « Talents Chefs d’Orchestre » prize, attributed by France’s organization, l’Adami (Administration des Droits des Artistes et Musiciens Interprètes) - September 23, 2014 in Salle Gaveau (Paris), performing Chostakovitch : Cello Concerto (with Yan Levionnois & Orchestre Colonne).
He has been the guest of the Lucerne Festival (academy) since 2012, as assistant conductor of Pierre Boulez (2012, 2013), Sir Simon Rattle (2014) and Esa-Pekka Salonen (2015).
Among Julien Leroy's projects: a Mexican tour with the EIC; concerts in Paris (Salle Gaveau) with Colonne and Pasdeloup orchestras; another collaboration with the Orchestre Régional de Basse-Normandie; debuts with the Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire...
Associate conductor of the Paris Cité internationale Orchestra since 2006, he has conducted, among others: the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall), the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Pasdeloup, the TM+ and Court-circuit ensembles… Musical director of the Paris Rive Droite Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2006, he founded the Orchestra Ensemble Intermezzo to explore a wide range of repertoire.
Drawn to conducting since the age of fourteen, Julien Leroy started his training at the Sergiu Celibidache Stiftung München with Konrad von Abel and with Adrian McDonnell at the Paris Conservatoire, followed by master classes directed by Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula and Daniel Harding, whom he happened to assist (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra). He also improved his knowledge of contemporary repertoire with Laurent Cuniot and Jean Deroyer. A laureate of the Ottawa National Arts Centre 2009 Young Artists Conducting Program, supervised by Pinchas Zukerman and Kenneth Kiesler, he was selected for the Festival Verbier Academy with Kurt Masur. He was also awarded during the 15th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting.
Julien Leroy was also unanimously rewarded in 2003 with the Academy of Paris First Prize for violin and chamber music. After studying musical harmony, analysis and composition, he obtained the Musical Studies Degree of the Paris Conservatoire (2005). Eager to share with young musicians his passion for music, he was naturally brought to conduct the Orchestras of the Paris Conservatoire. He has also been responsible for the artistic direction of several ensembles within Alfred Loewenguth Youth Orchestras since 2003. In 2010, Julien Leroy was appointed professor of conducting at the Metz Conservatoire.
Julien Leroy has recorded Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy and Mahler's Fourth Symphony (Stein's version) with the Orchestre Régional de Basse Normandie. He has collaborated with renowned soloists such as David Grimal, Roland Daugareuil, Fanny Clamagirand, Bernadette Gardet, Frédéric Pelassy, Antoine Pierlot, Adam Mittal, Sébastien Van Kuij, Eve Marie Caravassili, Pierre Fouchenneret…