Praised for the intensity and elegance of his interpretations, as well as his flair for federating a team of artists, Julien Vanhoutte is a conductor of broad repertoire, from baroque opera to contemporary music. He particularly enjoys driving with sharpness stylistically specific projects, and notably initiated the Orchestre et Chœur de la Concorde, as well as the Element 118 ensemble.
After his Paris debut, for the world premiere in Institut du Monde Arabe of Al Qoudsi's opera, "Jerusalem folie's", followed by 2007 New Year's Concert in Le Havre, Julien Vanhoutte is invited to Russia for the 2007-2008 season by the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Kislovodsk State Philharmonic, and the Tambov Symphony Orchestra. In 2008-2009, he participates in the Dijon Opera Jubilee (France), and, at Jorma Panula's instigation, conducts the City of Kuopio Orchestra (Finland) and the Sibelius Academy Orchestra on its Abu Dhabi Tour.
Conducting in concert Mozart's « Zauberflöte », Rimsky Korsakov's « Legends of Tsar Saltan » and Ravel's « L'enfant et les Sortilèges », he materializes his passion for opera. He is since 2010 constantly wanted as assistant conductor and stage music conductor by the most renowned houses, such as Paris Théâtre du Châtelet and Opéra Comique, Vienna State Opera and Theater an der Wien, Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Amsterdam Nederlandse Opera, or Salzburg Summer Festival and Mozartwoche, as well as Musikfest Bremen.
Invited by the Orchestre Dijon-Bourgogne during the 2011-2012 season, he is also since 2010 principal guest conductor of the eclectic Ensemble Unisson in Seoul. After the recent inaugural concert of Salle Gramont in Puteaux (France) with Element 118, he will soon be back in the Theater an der Wien in the austrian capital city, before Paris Opéra Comique, the Mozartwoche, and starting in Teatro alla Scala. Besides, he goes deeper into his long term partnership with the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste in Kinshasa.
Trained by Jorma Panula, with whom he keeps a tight relationship, Julien Vanhoutte was first educated as a pianist and especially as a violinist, by Tibor Varga and Alexandre Brussilovski. Much sought-after chamber music player, he has played throughout Europe, Russia, and the far East. His constant large range of interests drove him from period instrument playing, with John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Marc Minkowski's Les Musiciens du Louvre, to contemporary music with Ensemble Fa and L'Instant Donné ensembles, with which he has recorded and played for the top european festivals.