Franck Ollu was born in La Rochelle, France and studied music in Paris. He is a very versatile conductor and is widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary and French music. He has a long-established association with Ensemble Modern and is much in demand as an opera conductor.
Operas this season include a new co-production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz for Stuttgart Opera and La Monnaie, Francesconi’s Quartetto for his debut with Malmö Opera and concert performances of Pelléas et Mélisande in Perm, Russia. Concerts include his debuts with Budapest Festival Orchestra and DSO Berlin and concerts with Ensemble Modern at Festival Aix-en-Provence and Cité de la Musique, Paris. 2013/14 season saw many return visits for Franck Ollu: Opéra de Lille (Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen), Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for a revival of his 2013 debut Le vin herbé by Frank Martin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with a minimalist program and Le Sacre du Printemps and L’Après-midi d’un faune at La Monnaie, Brussels.
Future seasons see further performances of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Opera de São Paulo, Brazil and Pascal Dusapin’s Penthesilea at Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg. 2012/13 saw several important debuts: Netherlands Opera and Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse for performances of George Benjamin’s highly-acclaimed opera Written on Skin. Long associated with the music of Heiner Goebbels, he gave six performances of Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten with Ensemble Modern at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt. 2011/12 included a return to Festival Aix-en-Provence for the world premiere of Thanks to My Eyes, a new commission by Oscar Bianchi. In 2012 he made his debut at La Monnaie with this production and was immediately re-invited to perform Pascal Dusapin’s Passion.
Franck Ollu conducted the world premiere of George Benjamin’s first opera Into the Little Hill at Opéra Bastille in 2006 with many subsequent performances with the London Sinfonietta at Aldeburgh Festival, Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, and with Ensemble Modern at Lincoln Centre and major festivals in Amsterdam, Vienna, Dresden and Frankfurt. He has given many performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen including the Salzburg Festival with Ensemble Modern.
Other recent opera work includes The Rake’s Progress (Théâtre de l’Athénée, Paris), Xenakis’ Oresteïa and Dusapin’s Medea (Polish National Opera) and several revivals of Dusapin’s Passion (including Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris and Opéra de Lille). Franck Ollu conducted Helmut Oehring’s new opera Die Wunde Heine which he toured with Ensemble Modern to leading European festivals including the MusikTriennale Köln, and concerts with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Franck Ollu is a committed teacher and mentor and has ongoing relationships with London’s Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie.