Biography (Updated January 2018)

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Born in 1950, Laurent Petitgirard studied the piano with Serge Petitgirard and composition with Alain Kremski. An eclectic musician, his career as a composer of symphonic music (more than twenty works) and of film music (160 scores) is matched by his activity as a guest conductor the world over (Paris Opera Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte- Carlo, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, de Bordeaux, de Lille, Bamberger Philharmoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestras of the Tonhalle, La Fenice, BBC, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Korean Symphony& KBS Orchestras, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, National Orchestra of Spain, Moscow State Orchestra, China National Symphonic Orchestra...).
In 1989 he founded the Orchestre Symphonique Français which he conducted until 1996, also directing, from 1986 to 1997, the Festival and the Academy of Flaine (Haute-Savoie).

In December 2004 he was elected music director by the musicians of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris.
Laurent Petitgirard announced his decision to leave this position at the end of the 2017-2018 season to concentrate on composition and guest conducting.

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With his brother Alain Kremski

Laurent Petitgirard has made some thirty records, notably of Honegger’s "Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher" and several world premiere recordings, including Ravel’s "Gaspard de la Nuit" in the orchestration by Marius Constant.

He recorded his first opera, "Joseph Merrick The Elephant Man", with a libretto by Eric Nonn, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (Nathalie Stutzmann in the title role) (CD Naxos, Coc of the Month by Classica).
It was first performed in French, in February 2002 at the Prague State Opera, conducted by himself, with stage direction by Daniel Mesguich.
The opera was restaged at Nice Opera from 29 November to 3 December 2002. A DVD of a live performance in Nice was released by the label Marco Polo and is to be broadcast in 2005 on TF1 and Mezzo. A new production of this opera has been presented in May 2006 by Minneapolis Opera, stage direction by Doug Varone.

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With Daniel Mesguisch

Following works includ's "Le Fou d'Elsa", a cycle of six songs to poems by Aragon for contralto and orchestra, his latest works include"Le Plus Ardent à Vivre" (septet with harp, premiered by the soloist Marielle Nordmann), "Poème for large string orchestra", "Dialogue for viola and orchestra", "The Twelve Guards of the Temple" (commissioned by Radio-France) premiered with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg at the "Présences" Festival in February 2006 in Paris).

Laurent Petitgirard’s second opera, Guru, libretto around mental manipulation by Xavier Maurel, was recorded under his baton in October 2010 in Budapest, with Hubert Claessens (bass-baryton) and Sonia Petrovna (actress) in the main roles.
The opera is released, on the Label Naxos (CHOC of the Month of the classical magazine Classica).
World Premiere September 28 - October 2nd 2018 at the Castle Opera in Szczecin (Poland) Stage director Damian Cruden, Music director Laurent Petitgirard. With H.Claessens, S.Petrovna, P.Gaugler. Secon serie in April 2019.

For the record label Naxos Laurent Petitgirard recorded his 3 symphonic poems, Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloé" a CD including his 3 concertos "Dialog for viola and orchestra" (Gérard Caussé) Cello Concerto ( Gary Hoffman) and "Le Légendaire" for violin, chorus and orchestra (Augustin Dumay).

Laurent Petitgirard last compositions includ the original score for, "The Little Prince" staged by Sonia Petrovna for the Avignon's Opera. Recorded in Budapest in May 2012 (Naxos) "Etats d'âme" for saxophon alto and orchestra, dedicated to Michel Supera, (premiered in Douai in March 2013, CD Naxos in 2016), the symphonic poem "Solitaire" (premiered in Paris in March 2015) and "Bribes" Trio for saxophone alto (or clarinet) cello and piano.

Most of his works have been published by Durand Publishing, OSF Productions and Mario Bois BMB..

In 2013, on February 15, he conducted at the Orchestrion Hall in Moscow the Moscow State Orchestra in a concert devoted to his own music, including "Le Fou d'Elsa" with the participation of the french contralto Delphine Galou.
This concert was filmed and broadcasted by the TV classical Channel Mezzo.

For the cinema and the Television, Laurent Petitgirard composed for directors as such Otto Preminger, Jacques Demy, Francis Girod, Peter Kassovitz, Pierre Schœndœrffer, Claude Danna, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean Larriaga, Patrick Timsit, Laurent Heyneman, Michel Boisrond, Denis Amar, Pierre Granier Deferre, Bernard Queysannes, Alain Tasma, Pierre Joassin, Charles Nemes, Jacques Fansten, Florian Gallenberger, Edouard Niermans….

Between January 2013 and June 2015, Laurent Petitgirard directed the the new movie score cursus at the Paris Music Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris).

Laurent Petitgirard received the Young Composer’s Prize of the SACD in 1987, the SACEM Prize in 1990, the Grand Prix Lycéen for Composers in 2000 for his Cello Concerto and the Prix Musique 2001 of the SACD for his opera "Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man".
Laurent Petitgirard has been many times Chairman of the Board of Sacem (French Authors, Composers and Publishers Society).
In February 2017has been elected Secrétaire perpétuel of the Académie des Beaux-Arts at French Institute .

Laurent Petitgirard is a "Chevalier de La Légion d'Honneur", an "Officier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite" and a "Commandeur des Arts et Lettres".

His son, Tristan Petitgirard, is a writer, stage director and actor.
Laurent Petitgirard is married with the actresses Sonia Petrovna.