François-Xavier Roth was born into a musical family in Paris in 1971, and initially trained as a flautist before studying conducting; he won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in 2000, which led to him spending two years as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (with whom he has subsequently recorded the Bartók violin concertos and The Panufnik Legacies – a collection of new works by ten young composers commissioned as part of the LSO Panufnik Scheme).
In 2003 Roth founded the period-instrument ensemble Les Siècles, with whom he has made highly acclaimed recordings of music by composers including Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Mahler, Stravinsky and Ligeti, all on instruments dating from around the time of the works’ composition; their Daphnis et Chloé won the orchestral category at the 2018 Gramophone Awards, and Mirages (a recital of French songs and operatic excerpts with soprano Sabine Devieilhe on Erato) was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award, a Gramophone Award and a Grammy.
Roth has also held positions with orchestra including the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and was appointed principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra with effect from September 2017.
Further Reading: François-Xavier Roth
François-Xavier Roth and his period-instrument orchestra perform Mahler's "tone poem in the form of a symphony in two parts and five movements", an early version of his First Symphony.
Tabea Zimmermann and Stéphane Degout are the soloists in period-instrument performances of Harold en Italie & Les nuits d'été.