Roberto Forés Veses

A prizewinner of the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition and Luigi Mancinelli International Opera Conductors Competition, Valencia-born conductor Roberto Forés Veses has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and at prestigious opera houses. The forthcoming months will see débuts and returns with, among others, the English Chamber Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquestra de Valencia and Real Filharmonia de Galicia. He will lead the Israel Camerata on a national tour, the Orchestre National d’Auvergne on tour to Monte Carlo, and a co-production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula at four French opera houses.

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, and oversaw the ensemble’s elevation to France’s “national”-level orchestras. 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.

Equally devoted to symphonic and operatic repertoires, Forés Veses has conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Regio di Torino, and at the opera companies of Montpellier, Helsinki, Lyon, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and many more. The many orchestras he has conducted include the NHK Symphony, Saint Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Residentie Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and others.

He regularly performs at many international festivals, including La Folle Journée de Nantes and Tokyo, La Chaise-Dieu, Murten Classics, 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, the most recently released being Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Alena Baeva. Coming soon are Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 with Nicholas Angelich, Strauss’ Metamorphosen and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Mahler’s arrangement of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, and symphonies by Roussel, Honegger and Rivier.

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©Jean-Baptiste Millot

©Jean-Baptiste Millot