Under his baton, every page of the score seemed alive.
— The New York Sun
Lacombe shows great musicality, and outstanding sense of the structure of the works and of their expressive dimension, in short, already an undeniably talented conductor.
— La Presse

Principal Conductor of the Bonn Opera in Germany and Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Jacques Lacombe was recently appointed Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse in France, beginning in September 2018.  From 2010 to 2016 he was Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, where he received awards and critical praise for his ambitious and innovative programming.  From 2002 to 2006, he was principal guest conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal after being music director of the Philharmonie de Lorraine in Metz, France. Jacques Lacombe is renowned as a “gifted and ambitious” conductor (The New York Times) whose artistic integrity and rapport with musicians and orchestras have propelled him to international stature.

Jacques Lacombe began the 2016/17 season by conducting the opening night of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, his third annual appearance with the Festival.  He recently made his debuts with the Orchestre National de France leading Werther with Joyce de Donato and Juan Diego Florez, at the International Festival of Opera in Lima, Peru conducting Turandot, and with the Dallas Symphony leading Berlioz’ La Damnation du Faust.  Opera highlights of last season include Peter Grimes and La Boheme in Bonn, and Faust at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

In addition to collaborations with many orchestras in North America - including those in Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Edmonton, Montréal, Quebec and Toronto - in Europe, Lacombe has conducted the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Lamoureux and orchestras in Malaga, Monte-Carlo, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nice, Toulouse as well as many orchestras in Oceania and in Asia.

He has led all-star productions of La Bohème and Tosca at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Werther and Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the world premiere of Marius et Fanny with the Opéra de Marseille with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, two frequent collaborators, and many productions including Un Ballo in Maschera, Ariadne auf Naxos, Der fliegende Holländer and Eugene Onegin with the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he is a regular guest. He has led productions with Opéra de Monte-Carlo, most recently Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and La Favorite by Donizetti with the tenor Juan Diego Florez, and has conducted at Teatro Regio in Turin, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg as well as at opera houses in Avignon, Liège, Marseille, Metz, Nantes and Angers, Philadelphia and Vancouver.

Jacques Lacombe has recorded for the CPO and Analekta labels, and has recorded Janáček’s Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Verdi Requiem on releases with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on PBS, the CBC, Mezzo TV in Europe, France 3 and Arte TV in France and on Hungarian Radio-Television.

Born in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Jacques Lacombe received his musical training at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Orchestral conducting teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec and a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honors in the country.

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