A very active conductor in concert halls and opera houses throughout Europe, Benjamin Levy has been the music director of the Orchestre de Cannes, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur since 2016.
He has recently been invited by the Rotterdams Philharmonisch, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Nederlandse Reisopera (Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Der Fliegende Holländer), Stansilavsky Theatre - Moscow (Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Olivier Py) Moscow Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi, Umeå Opera (Sweden), Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Gelders Orkest, Residentie Orkest - La Haye, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Icelandic Opera (Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin).
In France he has conducted many orchestras : Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre National de Lyon, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Rouen, Opéra National du Rhin, Opéra de Limoges, Opéra de Saint-Etienne, Théâtre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orchestre Lamoureux, Orchestre de Picardie…
Benjamin won the “Music Revelation Award of the Year” in 2005, awarded by the French Union of Music and Theatre Critics. In 2008 he won the ADAMI “Young Conductor Award”.
Benjamin Levy studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon (First Prize in percussion) and the CNSM de Paris (Prize in analysis and orchestra conducting). He also studied at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen (USA) and at the Academia Chigiana of Sienne. He was a regular assistant of Marc Minkowski (Opéra de Paris, Oper Leipzig, Salzburg Festival…) and was appointed Assistant Conductor of the two orchestras of the Netherlands Radio.
He first drew the public’s attention with the touring opera company “Les Brigands” with which he was a fervent advocate of rarely performed works from the light opera repertoire and for which he was twice awarded a Diapasons d’Or.
Founder of the Orchestre de Chambre Pelléas, Benjamin has conducted many concerts with this collegiate management ensemble throughout France and Europe (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam – Philharmonie de Paris – Théâtre des Champs Elysées - Théâtre du Châtelet…) Their Beethoven recording with the violinist Lorenzo Gatto has been unanimously acclaimed by the press and music critics.