Paris Conservatoire names Émilie Delorme as director—first woman to hold position

Posted on: December 17, 2019

“The Paris Conservatory—Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris—has named it first woman director,” writes Susan Elliott in Monday’s (12/16) Musical America (subscription required). “Émilie Delorme, current director of the Academy at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, is to succeed composer Bruno Mantovani, who … is scheduled to become music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in January. Anne-Marie Le Guével has been serving as interim at the Conservatory. The 44-year-old Delorme, from Lyon, makes history by stepping into the role; the prestigious conservatory was founded in 1795…. At Aix, where she has been since 2007, Delorme has been directing the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, the ENOA (for European Network of Opera Academies), and the Medinea (Mediterranean Incubator for Emerging Artists—Incubator), which enrolls up to 300 young artists from five continents annually. After earning a diploma in civil engineering, she worked for three years in finance and completed a postgraduate course in management of cultural institutions while working for IMG Artists Paris. She joined the Aix-en-Provence Festival in September 2000 and was hired at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie in Brussels three years later to work on artistic planning. She returned to the Festival d’Aix in 2007.”