Biography

Photo Harald Hoffmann

One of the most sought-after conductors of his generation for his in-depth knowledge of opera and modern and contemporary music, Arnaud Arbet began his career as a rehearsal pianist at the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra National de Paris. Hired by Gerard Mortier at the Teatro Real in Madrid as a rehearsal pianist and assistant conductor, he worked with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Semyon Bychkov, Ingo Metzmacher, Sylvain Cambreling, François-Xavier Roth and Alejo Pérez. He conducted his first concerts with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra.

Kapellmeister at the Chemnitz Opera for a year, Arnaud Arbet was engaged by La Scala in Milan between 2014 and 2018 as personal assistant to the composer György Kurtág for the creation of the latter’s opera Fin de partie.

In 2018, he conducted a concert at La Scala in Milan with the Bernasconi Ensemble, as part of the Milano Musica festival, and in 2021, he was invited back by this festival to conduct Kagel’s Mare Nostrum in FLUXO, a vast interdisciplinary project. 

Arnaud Arbet regularly conducts at the Cologne Opera: Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico, Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (co-conductor with François-Xavier Roth), Kagel’s Mare Nostrum, Salieri’s La Scuola de’ Gelosi and Bizet’s Carmen
He conducts the world premiere of Philipp Maintz’s Clamitationes Colonienses with the Gürzenich Orchester at the Cologne Philharmonie. 

In 2023, he conducts Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann at the Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, Sweden. This production will be broadcast on Swedish national television in October 2023.
In the same year, he conducts the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the prestigious Enescu Festival in Bucharest, as well as the inaugural concert of the Tokyo Paris Ensemble Orchestra at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall (Blue Rose Hall).

In 2022, he founded Le Seuil Musical, an ensemble dedicated to the music of the first half of the 20th century. The ensemble has performed in Paris, Berlin, Bamberg and Tokyo. Further dates are scheduled in Aubervilliers, Grenoble and Tourcoing.