"Clément Mao-Takacs is a young conductor with a daringly original vision, and who defends the rare repertoires from yesterday and today alike, always curating intelligent programmes"
"Clément Mao-Takacs excels in conducting La Passion de Simone which reveals his expert knowledge and mastery of Saariaho’s music"
"The Webern Passacaglia is perfectly conducted, without hurry but with intensity and impressive mastery, by Clément Mao-Takacs"
Artistic Director Secession Orchestra
Clément Mao-Takacs is one of the rising stars of the new generation of conductors.
He graduated from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna, is a laureate of the Bayreuth Festival and was awarded the Prix "Jeune Talent" by the Fondation del Duca.
As a guest conductor he has been invited to give concerts by Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, Orchestre des Pays de La Loire, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Festival Orchestra of Sofia, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra Finland, and Bit 20 Bergen.
In 2011 he founded Secession Orchestra, of which he is both Artistic and Musical Director, whose repertoire encompasses music from Mahler and Debussy through rarely performed scores to contemporary music. They give over 50 concerts each year including residencies at venues such as the Musée du Louvre and Festival Saint Denis.
As a specialist of Kaija Saariaho’s music, he has conducted the world premiere and several national premieres of the chamber version of her opera La Passion de Simone, including performances in Bratislava, Saint-Denis, Lublin, Clermont-Ferrand, Copenhagen, Bergen and Nantes. He gave the world premiere of the chamber version of Quatre Instants and the Danish premiere of the concerto Notes on Light. In 2018, he will conduct the concertos Aile du Songe and Graal Théâtre.
Clément Mao-Takacs’s recordings include Stockhausen’s Adieu for Crystal Classics, a disc of Jacques Ibert’s music for Timpani (awarded ‘5 diapasons’ by DIAPASON magazine). His upcoming releases include music by Debussy, Zemlinsky and Saariaho.
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Praise for Clément Mao-Takacs
Clément Mao-Takacs delivered an outstanding Mahler ‘Symphony No. 1’. From the very first bars, he manages to create an air of mystery which catches the audience’s attention. The young conductor guides the musical narrative with an impressive control of tension and release, cleverly teasing out the instrumental colours, from the beginning of the symphony to the triumphant coda
Clément Mao-Takacs is a young conductor with a daringly original vision, and who defends the rare repertoires from yesterday and today alike, always curating intelligent programmes
Clément Mao-Takacs excels in conducting La Passion de Simone which reveals his expert knowledge and mastery of Saariaho’s music
Clément Mao-Takacs finds the right balance between dramaturgy, romantic lyrism and subtle irony, using the whole pallet of orchestral colours at his disposal. He pays attention to every detail, highlighting all the nuances of this complex score, without ever sacrificing the grandeur or architecture of the work. Few young conductors are to able to offer this kind of mastery and synthesis
La Revue du spectacle
Clément Mao-Takacs has the remarkable ability to draw a large orchestral sound from the 14 musicians playing Saariaho’s score (Quatre Instants)
The Webern Passacaglia is perfectly conducted, without hurry but with intensity and impressive mastery, by Clément Mao-Takacs
Conductor Clément Mao-Takacs is able to follow the incessant changes of atmosphere, without fragmenting the Mahlerian discourse, passing with ease from an elegiac episode to a dance-like one, from passion to despair. The last movement was perfectly conducted, without excessive pathos, until the radiant final bars
In all the four scores by Vincze, Motsh, Koskinen, Saariaho, one notices the qualities of the orchestra, crafted with extraordinary precision by Clément Mao-Takacs