Musical and Artistic Director
A poet of sounds, sculpting the orchestra’s sonority
In 2012, Roberto Forés Veses was appointed chief conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne. In addition to their performances at home in France, the orchestra has completed triumphant tours worldwide, particularly in Japan, Scotland, Poland, Spain and South-America
Born in Valencia (Spain), Roberto Forés Veses studied orchestral conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he received his Master Degree under Leif Segerstam. In 2006, he won the Orvieto Conducting Competition in Italy with a special prize from the jury. In 2007, he was also one of the winners of the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Luxembourg.
Roberto Fores Veses is an extremely versatile conductor, devoted to both symphonic and operatic repertoire. In 2008 he made his debut at the Teatro Regio de Torino conducting Salome and Elisir d’amore, and at the Bolshoi with Macbeth. In the following years he conducted several operas in France, including Il viaggio a Reims and Don Pasquale, La Cenerentola, Lakmé, Die Zauberflöte, L’italiana in Algeri, The Barber of Seville. He also conducted Cosi fan tutte, La Finta Giardiniera and La Bohème, in Avignon, Vichy, Helsinki, Rouen and Orvietto. He recently conducted the world premiere of B.R. Earl’s La regina dei capelli d’oro at the Stresa Festival in Italy and Doña Francisquita at the Opera de Lausanne.
Roberto Forés Veses has conducted many orchestras worldwide, including NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Saint-Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Odense Symfoniorkester, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Het Residentie Orchestra, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Saint-Etienne, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Finlandia, RTVE orchestra, Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra and Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.
He regularly performs at many prestigious international festivals, including La Folle Journée de Nantes and Tokyo, La Chaise-Dieu, Murten Classics, Stresa Festival, Les Flâneries musicales de Reims, Festival de la Vézère, Festival des Monts de la Madeleine, Festival de Polignac, Les Grandes Heures de Cluny, Festival Bach en Combrailles, Berlioz Festival.
Highlights of recent seasons have included productions of Don Giovanni, Orfeo e Euridice and Die Entführung aus dem Serail at opera houses of Reims, Clermont-Ferrand, Vichy, Massy and Avignon, as well as performances with NHK Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Lausanne, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orchestre de Poitou-Charentes, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Orchestra Petrobras Sinfônica in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2020-21, along with an intense season in Clermont Ferrand with the Orchestre National d’Auvergne, Roberto Fores Veses looks forward to take part at the l’Île de Ré Festival. He will be in Moscow with the Russian State Symphony Evgeny Svetlanov Orchestra, and will perform with the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Metz, Orquesta de Valencia, Sinfonietta Lausanne and Orquesta de Extremadura. He will also return to Japan with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.
Maestro Forés Veses records regularly with the Aparté Record Label and Warner Classics. Recent recordings (2015) with the Orchestre National d’Auvergne include albums with Romain Leleu and Naoko Yoshino. Another albums dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and Sibelius’ Voces Intimae has also been released at Aparté Records. His projects include, among others, three monographics albums dedicated to Beethoven, Alban Berg’s Suite Lyrique, Czech music and Schreker. Next releases are Alban Berg’s Suite Lyrique, Metaporphosen by Strauss and Shönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Furthermore, two recording sessions about Schubert and Bartok are expected by 21 Music and the digital label of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne.