Marc Trautmann was born in Bordeaux. After having studied at the Paris National Conservatoire and with Sergiù Celibidache at the Mainz University (Germany) and the Munich Philharmonic, he made his professionnal conducting debut aged 24 as the Assistant Conductor at the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de Loire in France, with which he gave some fifty public and educational concerts durung the 84/85 season. He then was engaged as assistant conductor at the Paris Opera where he worked on several major international productions, among which Peter Sellars’ spectacular staging of Messiaen’s mammoth opera Saint François d’Assise with José van Dam, Dawn Upshaw and John Aller a.o.

In 1988 he founded the Simple Symphony Sextett in which he was the pianist, while the other musicans were all first soloists of the Paris Opera Orchestra. The ensemble gave numerous concerts throughout France’s most pretigious venues, on TV, on the National Radio, as well as on tour in California and Morocco.

Since several years, he has also been giving international masterclasses in France, for young singers desiring to get acquainted with real-life experience with a conductor. He has also recently led a masterclass for a youth orchestra in Normandy, with which he then as performed numerous performances of fully staged Offenbach operettas. Further, he worked with the Hamburg Youth Symphony, preparing and conducting a major concert at the famous Musikhalle.

As a member of Opera America the American Symphony Orchestra League, he took part in many international conferences and meetings so as to acquire the necessary know-how in terms of artistic management, coproduction, outreach, long-term planning, dealing with communities and fundraising.

Marc Trautmann’s repertoire spans from the Baroque to the most recent contemporary creation, be it in symphony or opera. Further, he is often called to conduct rare or particularly complex works, as much for his purely artistic capacities as for his ability to federate the most eclectic and large teams.

Some special ventures :

Marc Trautmann has rebuilt the score and conducted the American premiere of Reynaldo Hahn’s Merchant of Venice with Alain Fondary as Shylock at Portland Opera, to huge international critical and public acclaim.

In Canada, he conducted the world premiere of the first-ever contemporary opera written for a modern Gamelan ensemble (the famous Toronto-based Evergreen Club) : How it Storms by Alan Cole.

He conducted the music for Walt Disney’s Fantasia with the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de Loire substituting for the sound-track, live and synchronically with the picture.

He supervised and conducted the first-ever tour of an orchestra from Mainland China through France in 2000.

He has also conducted to major international opera world premieres :

Snow in August, by Chinese composer Xu ShuYa, libretto and staging by famous Nobel-Prize winner for Litterature, Gao Xing Jian, with the National Orchestra of Taiwan – the first-ever contemporary Western-style opera written in Chinese language –. The masterpiece has been revived in January of 2005 by the Marseille Opera, to international acclaim and critical success.

La voie écarlate by French composer Jacques Castérède, on a libretto by famous French philosopher Michel Serres, with the l’Orchestre National de Bordeaux.