Bertrand de Billy was born in Paris where he studied music and performed as a member of an orchestra before taking up conducting.
From 1993 to 1995 he was Principal Choirmaster and Deputy Music Director of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, and from 1996 to 1998 he held the same position at the Vienna Volksoper. From 1999 to 2004 he was Music Director of the Liceu Theatre and from 2002 to 2010 assumed the same position at the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Bertrand de Billy was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester until December 2015, and of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne until the end of the 2017-18 season. Additionally, from 2014 to 2018, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
Early in his career, his engagements took him to conduct the Staatsopers of Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, as well as to such renowned venues as the Royal Opera House in London, the Grand Théâtre de la Monnaie, the Opéra national de Paris, and the opera houses of Washington and Los Angeles, among others. Since 1997 he has been a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and since 2002 at the Salzburg Festival.
In addition to his celebrated career as an opera conductor, Bertrand de Billy regularly gives concerts throughout the world, having led such prestigious orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, London Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and many others. He conducts a wide range of repertoire from Bach to many world premieres.
A large number of CD and DVD recordings document his work, and he has received several prestigious awards in France and Austria.