Conductor Marc Piollet, born in Paris in 1962, studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Masterclasses with John Eliot Gardiner, Michael Gielen and Kurt Masur had a formative influence on his musical development. In 1995, Marc Piollet was the only prize-winner at the Dirigenten-Forum of the Deutscher Musikrat. After early posts as First Kapellmeister at the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle and the Staatstheater Kassel he was Music Director of the Vienna Volksoper from 2003 until 2005. From 2004 until 2012 he was General Music Director at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden where he conducted acclaimed performances of Wagner's complete Ring and new productions including Don Carlos, Elektra, Falstaff, Faust, Fidelio, Freischütz, Idomeneo, La Bohème, Lohengrin, Lulu, Rosenkavalier, Salome, Tristan und Isolde and Tosca.

As guest conductor he has worked with leading opera houses including the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (La Bohème with Anna Netrebko as Mimi), the Bavarian State Opera (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Opéra National de Paris (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Rolando Villazon in the title role), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Jenufa, Così fan tutte, Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung), Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Carmen und Don Giovanni)  and the Vienna State Opera (Barbiere). At the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona he conducted Carmen staged by Calixto Bieito. In 2016 he returned to the Gran Teatre del Liceu with La Bohème. In 2019 he conducted Le Nozze di Figaro at the Cincinnati Opera, where he previously made his much-acclaimed opera debut in the USA in 2014.

Over the last years he established a close collaboration with Teatro Real in Madrid. After successfully conducting Massenet's Don Quichotte as well as C(h)oeurs, a production by Belgian choreographer Alain Platel featuring music of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, he returned for a new production of  L'elisir d'amore (2013/14), during the rehearsal period of which he was asked by Gérard Mortier to conduct Peter Sellar's spectacular new staging of Tristan und Isolde.

At the beginning of the 2019/2020 season Marc Piollet will make his debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires with Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust. He will also revisit Tristan and C(h)oeurs this season, conducting C(h)oeurs at the Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp and Ghent in March 2020 and  Tristan and Isolde at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari in May 2020.

He has built up a strong relationship with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, to where he will return in 2019/2020 for performances of Petrouschka/L’enfant et les sortilèges as well as Don Giovanni. He is also a regular guest at the Volksoper Wien, where he recently successfully conducted the new production of Wagner's Flying Dutchman. In 2018, his musical leadership in Catalanis La Wally at the same house gained him a nomination for the Österreichische Musiktheaterpreis (Austrian Music Theatre Award). His most recent appearance at the Staatstheater Stuttgart was in early 2019 with Offenbach's Les Contes de Hoffmann.

Apart from his highly successful work as an opera conductor Marc Piollet is in high demand also for the symphonic repertoire, appearing with renowned orchestras worldwide including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Berner Symphonieorchester, China Philharmonic Orchestra und Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012 he conducted an all-Beethoven-program at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Lang Lang and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. For many years he has been enjoying a close artistic collaboration with Annette Dasch: a recording of Mozart Arias with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin was released by Sony, also noteworthy are the tours with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the joint production "Die Gretchenfrage" which was released in September 2014 on DVD and Blu-ray by EuroArts. Together with Piotr Beczała he performed in many opera galas. In the season 2018/19, they were invited by the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and the Palau de la Música in Valencia.

Being passionate about supporting young orchestra musicians, Marc Piollet regularly conducts projects with the Junge Sinfonie Berlin, a youth orchestra which he founded whilst still being a student and which celebrated its 30th anniversary last season. During his tenure as General Music Director in Wiesbaden he actively supported the establishment of the Orchestra Academy of the Hessische Staatsorchester Wiesbaden; since 2010 this academy is a platform where talented young musicians can gain worthwhile orchestra experience.

Since autumn 2016 he is professor for conducting at the University of the Arts Graz.

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