Jean-Marie Zeitouni


Last updated: December 6, 2023

Jean-Marie Zeitouni is one of the brightest conductors of his generation, renowned for his expressive and eloquent style in a repertoire that ranges from Baroque to contemporary music.

Over the years, Jean-Marie Zeitouni has been Artistic Director of the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra (2011–2021), and Musical Director of the Colorado Music Festival (2014–2019), the Columbus Symphony (2010–2015), and the opera program at the Banff Centre (2005–2007). He has also been Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Director at the Opéra de Montréal as well as Musical Director of their Atelier lyrique, Chorus Director at the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and at the Opéra de Québec, and Musical Director of the orchestra and of the opera workshop at Laval University. Over a 12-year period of fruitful collaboration with Les Violons du Roy he alternately held the positions of conductor in residence, assistant conductor, and principal guest conductor. Since 2022, he has been conducting the Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal as well as directing the orchestra conducting class.

Highly sought after as a conductor of both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Zeitouni regularly conducts in Europe and across North America.

In 2023–2024, he conducts the Orchestre National de Montpellier in a project by the Palazetto Bru Zane at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestre national de Lille for a recording on the Alpha label, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy at the Festival international du Domaine Forget, the NAC Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, San Antonio Philharmonic, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He will also assume the musical direction during the creation of the new opera La Reine-garçon by Julien Bilodeau and Michel-Marc Bouchard at the Opéra de Montréal, and will take the helm for the production of Lucie de Lammermoor at the Opéra of Quebec.

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