Franck Ollu is a very versatile conductor and widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary music and opera. He has a long-established association with Ensemble Modern and is much in demand as an opera conductor.
Ollu opens the 2015/16 season with his début at Opera du Rhin in Dusapin’s “Penthésiléa”. Ollu conducted the world premiere at “La Monnaie” in March 2015. Additionally, this season he will conduct “Pelléas et Mélisande” at the Royal Swedish Opera. Last season, Ollu conducted a new co-production of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Jakob Lenz” for Stuttgart Opera.
Franck Ollu conducted the world premiere of George Benjamin’s first opera “Into the Little Hill” at Opéra de Bastille in Paris in 2006, followed by numerous performances, including with the Ensemble Modern at Lincoln Center in New York and at festivals in Amsterdam, Vienna, Dresden and Frankfurt. With the Ensemble Modern he also put Wolfgang Rihm’s “Jagden und Formen” as well as Helmut Oehring’s “Die Wunde Heine” on stage.
Symphonically Franck Ollu works in particular with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, in addition to the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra; he has also conducted the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, to name a few.
He is a committed teacher and mentor and maintains close relationships with London’s Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the International Ensemble Modern Academy. Franck Ollu works with numerous ensembles for contemporary music, for example with the Chamber Orchestra Avanti!, the Elision Ensemble, the Ensembles Asko | Schönberg and Musikfabrik as well as with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Franck Ollu was born in La Rochelle, France, and studied music in Paris. He was assistant conductor to Pierre Boulez and Jonathan Nott at the Ensemble Intercontemporain from 2000 to 2002.