Conductor and musical director of Insula orchestra and accentus, Laurence Equilbey is acknowledged for her demanding yet open-minded approach to her art.
Her exploration of the symphonic repertory has seen her conducting the orchestras of BBC Wales, Hessischer Rundfunk, Lyon, Bucarest, Liège, Leipzig, Brussels Philharmonic, Copenhagen, Gulbenkian, Café Zimmermann, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and many others.
In 2012, with support from the Département des Hauts-de-Seine, she founded Insula orchestra, an ensemble devoted to the Classical and pre-Romantic repertory who perform on period instruments. The orchestra is resident in a new artistic venue, La Seine Musicale on Île Seguin Paris, and is in charge of selecting part of the programme for the 1,150 seat Auditorium.
Laurence Equilbey has recently conducted Haydn’s Die Schöpfung staged by La Fura dels Baus (Grand Théâtre de Provence, La Seine Musicale, Theater an der Wien, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Elbphilharmonie, Lincoln Center), Gounod’s La Nonne Sanglante (The Bloody Nun) at the Opéra Comique Paris. This season, she prepares both innovative stage projects (the original fragments of Mozart’s Requiem with Yoann Bourgeois) and operas (Weber’s Der Freischütz with the Cie 14:20).
She is an associate artist of the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence and has a privileged relationship with the Paris Philharmonie, and is also Artistic Director and Director of Education at the Department for Young Singers at the Paris Conservatory.
Laurence Equilbey’s extensive discography includes Mozart’s Requiem (naïve, 2014), Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Deutsche Grammophon, 2015), Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Warner Classics – Erato, 2017), Schubert’s Lieder with orchestra (Warner Classics – Erato, 2017). This season, for Beethoven’s birthday, Laurence Equilbey and Insula orchestra dedicate two records to the composer (Warner Classics–Erato): the first with Nicholas Angelich, and the second with accentus, Bertrand Chamayou, Alexandra Conunova, Natalie Clein and David Kadouch.