David Molard


In January 2016, David was asked by a group of young musicians to take part to their project: the 'Orchestre des Jeunes d'Île-de-France' (Île-de-France Youth Orchestra). The orchestra was launched on July 2nd during a huge concert in Paris. David is now its music director and leads the project's cultural and artistic ambition.

As associate assistant conductor to Paavo Järvi, David worked with him from 2014 to 2016 at Orchestre de Paris, resident orchestra in the new Philharmonie de Paris. He has been also serving him regularly with the new Estonian Festival Orchestra, especially during Pärnu Music Festival. 
Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include his debut at Limoges Opera with Saint-Saëns' The Carnival of the Animals and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. As a keen performer of the English repertoire, he conducted Vaughan Williams' fifth symphony with Ut Cinquième in Paris, under the patronage of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society. He also had the opportunity to conduct two operas in chamber version: Bizet's Carmen and Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. He was recently invited to the Toulouse International Conducting Academy with Tugan Sokhiev.
He has already conducted the following orchestras: the Limoges Opera Orchestra, the Orchestre national du Capitole, the Massy Opera Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris; the Järvi Festival Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Järvi Academy Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra; but also Luxemburg Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, VU-Orkest Amsterdam, Janaček Philharmonic Ostrava (Czech Republic), State Opera Burgas (Bulgaria), Orchestra del Festival dei Duchi d’Acquaviva (Italy). In 2012, he was appointed music director of Musiques en Seine (France) for two years.
He has already worked with musicians such as Khatia Buniatishvili, Nicholas Angelich, Xavier Philips, Romain Leleu, Nicolas Dautricourt, Martin Kuuskmann, Matthew Hunt, Jasmine Choi, Nikita Naumov, Florian Donderer... 
David began his music studies in a youth choir and entered the Conservatoire to learn trumpet. Georges Prêtre encouraged him to study conducting; in Toulouse, he learnt with Stéphane Cardon at the Conservatoire and founded Orchestre Opus 31, a symphonic youth orchestra that he co-conducted for two years. In 2010, he moved in Paris: laureate from the Zaleski Foundation, he entered Dominique Rouits' class within the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, where he was unanimously awarded with the conducting advanced diploma in 2012. He developed his conducting skills during international masterclasses with Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jorma Panula and Colin Metters.
As a bass trombonist, he holds a bachelor and an advanced diploma from Paris Conservatoire, where he completed also advanced degrees in orchestration, analysis, harmony, music theory and conducting.

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