Marc Soustrot, Conductor


Marc Soustrot is known as an inspiring orchestra leader, an exacting opera conductor and a recording artist of distinction. He has worked with some of the most renowned musicians and ensembles in Europe and beyond since his debut over four decades ago.

Marc is currently Chief Conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark’s second city, and in 2019 completed a noteworthy tenure as Chief Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. From 2021 he took up his tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS).

Since the start of his career Marc has cultivated a specialism in new music and the French orchestral repertoire. His recorded cycle of the complete orchestral works of Saint-Saëns with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra was hailed by Gramophone magazine in 2017 as ‘exceptional’.

For eighteen seasons Marc was Chief Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire and later held the same position at the Beethoven Orchester Bonn and Het Brabants Orkest Eindhoven. As a guest conductor he has worked with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Filharmonie Antwerpen, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the Bamberg Symphony, English Chamber and Danish National Symphony Orchestras and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Barcelona and Tokyo.

Marc has appeared at some of the great opera houses of Europe in repertoire ranging from Offenbach to Berg and beyond. In 2015, he made his debut at the Dresden Semperoper in a new production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande staged by Álex Ollé and La Fura dels Baus. In 2012 he conducted Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites at the Royal Swedish Opera and the Stuttgart Opera, where he returned to conduct Peter Konwitschny’s production of Götterdämmerung, Jossi Wieler’s production of Siegfried and Stefan Herheim’s production of Der Rosenkavalier. He has worked at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels, the Royal Danish Opera and the Norwegian Opera.

Recent engagements have seen Marc lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and return to the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. He has conducted on a number of award winning CDs on the Naxos, Alpha, Timpani, Animato, Erato, Danacord and Dacapo labels and in 2008, was honoured with the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Marc was born in Lyon and studied trombone and piano at the Conservatoire de Lyon until 1969, when he began training as a conductor with Manuel Rosenthal in Paris.


Maestro Marc Soustrot has through his lifelong conducting career build an extensive repertoire of symphonic and operatic music ranging from classical, romantic and 20th century music with an emphasis on the great French repertoire.

Kvällen var orkesterns
Kvällsposten (Sweden)
Fri, 2010-09-17
"The conductor Marc Soustrot triumphed and so did Malmö Symphony Orchestra and their concertmaster." (from Kvällposten's review of this season's first concert with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Sweden, September 2010)
Tvära kast utan ryckighet
Sydsvenskan (Sweden)
Sat, 2010-09-18
"Marc Soustrot improves something that is already unique, which is quite risky. Instead he reduces the unequal expressions of the orchestra in a musically capturing and entertaining journey, which makes me forget about the flaws of the acoustics and gives me bright hopes for the future." (Review in "Sydsvenskan" of Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben" performed by Malmö Symphony Orchestra, September 2010)
A Solid Mahler Interpretation
Skånska Dagbladet
Wed, 2010-02-10
Marc Soustrots interpretation of this Mahler Symphony at the concert Thursday with Malmö Symphony Orchestra was among the most intelligent and solid interpretations I have ever heard. He balanced with the greatest of ease between sentimentality and irony all the while accentuating the sugar sweet but not forgetting the derisive laughter. The handling of the orchestra was masterly filled with excess and control in the smallest details. It was Marc Soustrot´s second concert within a short period of time with Malmö Symphony Orchestra. The chemistry seems to be functioning well and not many conductors can lead the orchestra to such a great lenght.
Francois-Andre Danican Philidor: Le Sorcier
Orchestre de Rennes Conductor: Marc Soustrot
Philippe Gaubert: Symphonie; Les chants de la mer; Concert en fa
Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Marc Soustrot
Jacques Offenbach: La Périchole; Jane Rhodes & Georges Liccioni In Concert
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Jane Rhodes & Georges Liccioni Conductor: Marc Soustrot
August De Boeck: Orchestral Works
Flemish Radio Orchestra Ning Kam Conductor: Marc Soustrot
Glière: Concertos for Cello & Horn
Royal Flemish Philharmonic Qurine Viersen Conductor: Marc Soustrot
Nikolaj Znaider Live: Chausson, Debussy, Sibelius, Wieniawski, Ysaye
Nikolaj Znaider Sophie Rachlin Chausson, Debussy, Sibelius, Wieniawski, Ysaye Conductor: Marc Soustrot
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; Ravel: Ma mère l'oye
Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Mainz Chamber Orchestra, Southwest Studio Orchestra, Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra (Heilbronn) Gunther Holler, Christiane Jaccottet, Marga Scheurich-Henschel, Dubravka Tomsic, Georg Egger Conductor: Marc Soustrot
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