A true European at heart (from French, Danish and Polish origin) he studied at the Royal College of Music, London, before going on to win the coveted Gulbenkian Fellowship. His debut conducting Macbeth at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1988 was a sensational success, and catapulted him almost over-night to international fame.
Since then he has been at the helm during many of the world’s greatest operatic and symphonic moments, including Aida, Macbeth, La Bohème, Peter Grimes, Tristan, Pelléas et Mélisande,
Die Tote Stadt, Carmen, Turandot and Elektra, and the ballet The Prince of the Pagodas.
He has enjoyed musical directorships with ensembles and organisations including the Orchestra of Porto, the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, Teatro Massimo di Palermo and both the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Opéra National du Rhin. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the Young Janacek Philharmonic.
Since August 2011 he has been Music Director of the Moscow Novaya Opera, and since 2012 also Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City. From 2013 onwards he has been Artistic Director of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra in Bruges (Belgium).
His numerous guest appearances in opera and concert have included the New Japan
Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmonie Orchester, … He was invited to conduct a number of companies at the Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, National Opera Prague, Tokyo National Opera, Götenburg Opera, to name just a few.