The present musical director of the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Nicolas Chalvin, led a brilliant career as a chamber and orchestral musician before turning to conducting.
Nicolas Chalvin embarked on his orchestral career as solo oboist with several leading orchestras, notably the Orchestre national de Lyon and the Luxembourg Philharmonic. With valuable experience as an orchestral musician, his meeting with Armin Jordan proved to be a decisive turning point in his career, leading him towards musical direction; he moved rapidly to operatic and choreographic direction at the Geneva theatre, Lausanne Opera and the Opernhaus in Zurich. He is a regular guest conductor with symphony orchestras in France and abroad (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, São Carlos in Lisbon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg).
As musical director of the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie since 2009, Nicolas Chalvin enjoys exploring the orchestral repertoire from the earliest classics to the most recent works, cherishing French music in particular. Taking the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie to major venues, his curiosity and creativity enable the Orchestra to embrace a diverse repertoire and to engage in high-level musical projects (Festival Berlioz at La Côte-Saint-André, Musique à la Grange au Lac in Évian…).
His taste for research into forgotten scores has led to several recordings with the Timpani label, including Reynaldo Hahn (Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, 2015) and Aucassin et Nicolette by Paul Le Flem (Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, 2011). His recording of Gabriel Pierné’s opera Sophie Arnould (Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra) was acclaimed by critics and nominated for the BBC Awards 2008.
In 2015, Nicolas Chalvin was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Un jour au concert avec les Bidochon Nicolas Chalvin, conductor, Christian Binet, drawings, François Sabatier, texts, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie – Fluide Glacial Editions (2015)
Reynaldo Hahn, Nicolas Chalvin, conductor, Ensemble Initium/Orchestre des Pays de Savoie – Timpani label (2015)
Orient-Occident, Chostakovitch, Pärt, Rääts, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Nicolas Chalvin, conductor, Éric Aubier, trompet, Roustem Saïtkoulov, piano – Indésens label (2015)
L’Orchestre des Pays de Savoie in live concert (DVD/CD), Elgar, Neruda, Dvořák, Nicolas Chalvin, conductor, Romain Leleu, trompet – Indésens label (2015)
Aucassin et Nicolette (opera by Paul Le Flem), Nicolas Chalvin, conductor, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie et Soloists of Lyon–Bernard Tétu – Timpani label (2011)
Saint-Saëns Nicolas Chalvin, conductor, Orchestre de Bretagne – Timpani label (2008)
Sophie Arnould de Pierné, Nicolas Chalvin, conductor, Orchestre Philharmonique of Luxembourg – Timpani label (2007)