Marc Leroy-Calatayud


Marc Leroy-Calatayud

Marc comes from everywhere: born and raised in Switzerland by a French father and a Bolivian mother, he turns his eye towards the capital of classical music, Vienna. Fascinated by the great composers who lived there, he meets Mark Stringer, the conducting professor at the Universität für Musik, who will fundamentally change his way of approaching music. In 2015, he obtains his master degree with distinction and is nominated European Music Talent the same year.

On top of his studies, eager to share his musical ideas, he invites young musicians to gather around various projects in Switzerland and Austria. From symphonic orchestras to opera productions, these numerous projects boost his conducting experience and shape him in group management.

The magic of giving life to the music, this is what Marc looks for in every concert: for instance with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester in 2013, or his debut concert with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in 2015. In particular, this applies to the composers who he has a special connexion with, such as Mozart, Ravel, but also Stravinsky and Mahler.

Conducting Mahler’s Sixth Symphony during the rehearsals at the Verbier Festival 2014 will make him want to do even more music at the highest level possible. Attending this festival for the third time, he also conducts two of theWindows concerts. Last saison, taking part in masterclasses given by Vladimir Jurowski in Vienna and Michel Tabachnik at the Chigiana Academy Siena gives him a lot of interesting new inputs as well. Eager to learn from great maestri, he assisted Sir Mark Elder on a concert with the Wiener Symphoniker.

Marc is a passionate of the world of opera. At 17 he conducts his first production of Le Voyage dans la Lune by J. Offenbach (2009). Although he greatly enjoys working on the traditional repertoire such as Il Barbiere di Siviglia(2014), he also focuses on lesser known works, conducting productions of Die Sieben Todsünden (Weill, 2013), Das Schlaue Füchlein (Janacek, 2014) and L'Histoire du Soldat(Stravinsky, 2014). In 2015, he also conducted from the continuo Ulysse Exp. n°1, a new opera based on Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.

Finding new ways to make music accessible to everyone is one of Marc’s major preoccupations. Recently, he created projects such as a street opera production, concerts in hospitals and homeless shelters and an opera touring through small villages. Always wanting to do more, he joined the international collective Esperanz’arts, a charity set in Paris by violonist Alexandra Soumm.

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Short Profile

NameLeroy-Calatayud, Marc
Date of Birth1991-03-29
Born inSwitzerland, Europe
Main languageFrench
Additional languages German,  English,  Spanish; Castilian,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesUniversity for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna