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Michaël  Cousteau

Michaël Cousteau

Michaël  Cousteau began playing both piano and cello from early childhood onwards. After studying music, history and philosophy he decided to devote himself to  conducting.  He  studied  in  France  and  in  Austria  with  Jean-Sebastien  Bereau, Julius Kalmar and Karl Osterreicher. He took part in numerous master classes, such as  those  of  Myung-Whun  Chung  in  Italy  (Accademia Musicale Chigiana)  and  Peter Eötvös,  Eri  Klas and  Ton Koopman in Netherlands (Kiril Kondrashin Masterclasses). He has been assisting renowned conductors such as Zoltan Pesko in the "Deutsche Oper  am Rhein" (Düsseldorf  Opera  House),  Gary  Bertini  in the "Opera National de  Paris"  and  was  regularly  invited  by  Emmanuel  Krivine  to  assist  him  at  the "Orchestre  National  de  Lyon"  and  the  "Orchestre  Françaisdes Jeunes" (French National Youth Orchestra).


In  addition,  Michael  Cousteau  was  chorus  master  and  "maître  de  chapelle"  at  the "Société  des  chanteurs  de  Saint-Eustache"  and  musical  director  of  the "Panthéon-Sorbonne University  Choir".  He  worked  regularlywith the "Sturm and Drang" orchestra, playing  on  period  instruments.  Very  concerned  by transmitting his knowledge and passion to young musicians, he worked permanently with  several  conservatory  orchestras,  including  the Conservatoire  National Supérieur deMusique de Paris" (Paris National Superior Academy of Music).


During  his  career,  he  has  accompanied  numerous  international  famous  soloists  as Nicholas  Angelich,  Dana  Ciocarlie,  Nicolas  Dautricourt,  Ophélie  Gaillard,  David Grimal,  David  Guerrier,  Sébastien  van  Kuijk,  Sophie  Marin-Degor,  Michel  et  Pascal oraguès,  Jean-Frédéric  Neuburger,  Bruno  et  Régis  Pasquier,  Georges Pludermacher, Nicolaï Petrov, SuzanneRamon andCédric Tiberghien. He conducted major  orchestras  like,  in  France,  the  "Orchestre  Symphonique  et  Lyrique  de Nancy", the "Orchestre  National  de Montpellier" and the "Orchestre  National de  Lyon", or in Europe, the "Philarmonia di Roma"(Italy), the "Savarian  State Orchestra"(Hungary), the  "Banatul  Philharmonic"  (Romania),  the "Netherlands  Radio Chamber Orchestra", the "Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra" and the "Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg".


Chosen by the Institut françaisfor its program called "Un Chef, Un Orchestre", which support some young French conductors to conduct abroad, Michael Cousteau conducts  also  several  time  in  Russian  Federation  the  "Moscow  Chamber Orchestra",  in  Byelorussia  the  "National  Radio  and  Television  Orchestra"  and the "National Philharmonic Orchestra",  in  Oman the "Royal  Oman  Symphony Orchestra",  in  Thailand  the  "Bangkok  Symphony  Orchestra",  in  Philippines  the "Philippines  Philharmonic  Orchestra",  in  Singapore  the  "CIC  Chamber Orchestra",in Indonesia the "Nusantara  Philharmonic Orchestra" and in China the "Hubei Symphony Orchestra".