Biography

Photo Harald Hoffmann

The French conductor and composer Arnaud Arbet first studied piano at Grenoble’s Conservatory, Paris’ National Superior Conservatory and at the University of Arts of Berlin.

From 2007 to 2009, he was rehearsal pianist at the Atelier Lyrique of the Paris’ National Opera and worked with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Semyon Bychkov and Hartmut Haenchen. He was then engaged by Gerard Mortier at the Teatro Real of Madrid as rehearsal pianist and musical assistant. In this theatre, during three years, he assisted the conductors Sylvain Cambreling, Alejo Pérez and Ingo Metzmacher and conducted the Symphony Orchestra of Madrid in several concerts for young people, in the main hall. 

For the 2013-2014 season, he was Kapellmeister at the Opera of Chemnitz in Germany, where he conducted the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie in the ballet Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, the opera Der Mond by Orff and various symphonic concerts. He was assistant at the Salzburg Festival, at the Ruhrtriennale and in some of the most important European opera houses : Rome, Cologne, Amsterdam and Milan.

Between 2014 and 2018, Arnaud Arbet was engaged by the Teatro alla Scala of Milan as personal assistant of György Kurtág for the opera Fin de partie. He was responsible for the casting and the musical preparation of the singers and took part in the edition of the orchestra and piano scores. 
A few weeks after the world premiere of the opera in November 2018, Arnaud Arbet conducted a concert at La Scala with the Ensemble Bernasconi in the festival « Milano Musica ».

Arnaud Arbet works regularly at the Opera of Cologne : in 2016, he conducted Die Eroberung von Mexico by Rihm with great success and in 2018, he was co-conductor of Die Soldaten by Zimmermann, together with François-Xavier Roth. For the season 2018-19 he conducted Mare Nostrum by Kagel in opening of the season and La Scuola de’ Gelosi by Salieri. For the season 2019-20, he was invited to conduct Carmen.

Since 2014, he has been living in Berlin. His works are edited by Vogelreiter Musikverlag in Munich.