“Performances of Mozart’s last three symphonies that have the bite and brio of French conductor Mathieu Herzog are much harder to find.”
WDXR NEW YORK
“Absolute artist”, and “a true musician” are words frequently used to describe the conductor, composer and orchestrator Mathieu Herzog.
His musical soul was shaped through working under the guidance of great masters such as Semyon Bychkov, Daniel Harding, Gábor Takács-Nagy, György Kurtág, Menahem Pressler, Alfred Brendel and Mitsuko Uchida.
Mathieu has recorded numerous discs for labels such as Warner Classics, EMI, SONY, and Deutsche Grammophon. These recordings received worldwide critical acclaim and were awarded the “Diapason d’Or”, the “Choc du Monde de la Musique”, and Gramophone’s “Recording of the Year”, to name just a few.
In 2015, Mathieu founded Appassionato, an orchestra which radiates chamber playing in every one of its performances. Mathieu has formed a passionate and ever-evolving relationship with this ensemble, and together, they recorded the last three W.A. Mozart symphonies for the label Naïve.
In 2021-2022, he founded Appassionato le Label in partnership with Naïve and recorded two further discs, exploring the music of C. Saint-Saëns and the post-Romantic works of R. Strauss, A. Schoenberg, and O. Respighi.
Mathieu Herzog is also an associate artist of the Seine Musicale, for which he has launched “Vous trouvez ça classique?” (literally “Do you think this is classical?”), which is aimed at helping new audiences listen to and experience classical music in a new way.
Alongside his work as a performer, Mathieu is also an accomplished orchestrator and prolific arranger, whether it be for Appassionato, for classical musicians such as Philippe Jaroussky and Natalie Dessay, and for vocalists across other genres, for example Stacey Kent and Luz Casals. Passionate about literature and history, Mathieu is also currently working on a libretto based on the life of Georges Bizet.
In 2019, Mathieu was appointed Musical Director of the Blaricum Music Festival Orchestra (The Netherlands).
Highlights of the 2021-2022 season include guest appearances conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan) to name just a few.
Fallen in love with his instrument thanks to the Mozart Clarinet Concerto -which he used to listen to
with small speakers under his pillow as a young boy- Olivier Patey is a passionate! And Music is the center of his life… He feels alive when performing on stage, and the more challenging it is, the better he likes it!
A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied with Michel Arrignon, Florent Héau and Arnaud Leroy, Olivier won some of the most prestigious international music competitions: ARD in Munich in 2003 and Carl Nielsen in Odense in 2005. Since then, he has had an international career as a soloist, playing with orchestras like the Prague Philharmonie, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic, etc…
Principal Clarinetist of the world renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Olivier got his first contract as an orchestra musician at the age of 20 in the Garde Républicaine in Paris, then hold the chair of principal clarinetist at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and used to be a member of the Lucern Festival Orchestra… Next to his orchestra position and solo career, Olivier is a very passionate chamber musician. He’s invited to play in festivals, like the Marlboro music festival in the USA, has played in the most prestigious
concert halls, Wigmore Hall London, Carnegie Hall New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw
Ams terdam, wi t h J anine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Amichaï Grosz, Mitsuko Uchida, Éric Le
Sage, Ébène and Modigliani quartets as chamber music partners, and has been recently
very much involved in the Arties festival in India. With his friends Romain Descharmes, pianist,
and Gauthier Hermann, cellist and founder of the Arties Festival, Olivier runs the CD label Arties Records distributed by Harmunia Mundi, where you can find his most recent chamber music recordings. And when Olivier finally has some free time, you can find him on skis,
playing squash, enjoying his family and friends, or playing some more music during evenings he and his wife organize at home around a table full with cheese and nice wines! French touch…
Léo Doumène discovered the harp at the age of six and until 2012 was taught by Philippe Villa at Conservatoire de Nancy. In 2013, he joined Isabelle Moretti’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he obtained his master’s degree in 2018.
He had the opportunity to work under the direction of great conductors such as Emmanuel Krivine, Matthias Pintscher, Pablo Heras-Casado or Gunther Herbig for concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Salle Pleyel, the Cité de la Musique or at the KKL in Lucerne as part of the Lucerne Festival Academy where he was invited.
Léo also performs regularly in solo recitals and in chamber ensembles; since 2015 he has been a member of the Appassionato Orchestra (founded and directed by Mathieu Herzog) with which he gives numerous concerts and makes recordings. Since 2020, he has been the artistic and operational co-director of Appassionato alongside its founder and musical director.
In parallel to his career as a harpist, he trained as a conductor (with Mathieu Herzog as well as Ariane Matiakh and Rut Schereiner at the CNSM in Paris) and in 2020 joined Laurent Gay’s master class at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva.