Roberto Forés Veses

A winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition and Luigi Mancinelli International Competition for Opera Conductors, Valencia-born conductor Roberto Forés Veses conducts many of the world’s leading orchestras and opera houses. Recent débuts and returns have included the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano (formerly “La Verdi”), Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Seville Symphony Orchestra, Basque National Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire and Moravian Philharmonic. He also helmed major opera productions at the opera houses of Zurich and Lausanne.

From 2011 until 2021, Forés Veses was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne where he presided over a chamber orchestra tradition famous across France and internationally. Under his directorship, the orchestra became much-in-demand as a recording orchestra, making many recordings mainly for Warner Classics and the boutique label Aparté, while launching their own label in 2019. He has led the orchestra on several international tours, including to Japan, South America and Brazil.

The many other orchestras Fores Vesés has conducted include the NHK Symphony, Saint Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Residentie Orkest, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Opera is also close to his heart – he has conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Regio Di Torino, and the opera companies of Montpellier, Helsinki, Lyon, Rouen, Saint-Étienne and elsewhere.

Fores Vesés regularly performs at many international festivals including La Folle Journée in Nantes and Tokyo, La Chaise-Dieu, Murten Classics, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Stresa Festival, Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Festival de la Vézère, Festival Polignac, Festival Bach en Combrailles and Berlioz Festival. In 2018, he was invited to join other selected Svetlanov Competition winners in a special festival marking the 90th anniversary of Svetlanov’s birth, at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Forés Veses has made more than a dozen recordings. Recently releases include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Alena Baeva on Warner Classics; Strauss’ Metamorphosen and Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht; Mahler’s arrangement of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden; and symphonies by Roussel, Honegger and Jean Rivier. Coming soon on Warner Classics is Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1, one of the final recordings with Nicholas Angelich.

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©Jean-Baptiste Millot

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