Conductor Marc Piollet, born in Paris in 1962, studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Masterclasses with John Eliot Gardiner, Michael Gielen and Kurt Masur had a formative influence on his musical development. In 1995, Marc Piollet was the only prize-winner at the Dirigenten-Forum of the Deutscher Musikrat. After early posts as First Kapellmeister at the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle and the Staatstheater Kassel he was Music Director of the Vienna Volksoper from 2003 until 2005. From 2004 until 2012 he was General Music Director at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden where he conducted acclaimed performances of Wagner’s complete Ring and new productions including Don Carlos, Elektra, Falstaff, Faust, Fidelio, Freischütz, Idomeneo, La Bohème, Lohengrin, Lulu, Rosenkavalier, Salome, Tristan und Isolde and Tosca.
As guest conductor he has worked with leading opera houses including the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (La Bohème with Anna Netrebko as Mimi), the Bavarian State Opera (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Opéra National de Paris (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Rolando Villazon in the title role), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Jenufa, Così fan tutte, Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung), Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Carmen und Don Giovanni) and the Vienna State Opera (Barbiere). At the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona he conducted Carmen staged by Calixto Bieito. In 2019 he will conduct Le Nozze di Figaro at the Cincinnati Opera, where he made his much-acclaimed opera debut in the USA in 2014. In 2016 he returned to the Gran Teatre del Liceu with La Bohème.
Over the last years he established a close collaboration with Teatro Real in Madrid where he led Massenet’s Don Quichotte and C(h)oeurs, a production of Belgian choreographer Alain Platel featuring music by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Tour performances with C(h)oeurs took place at the Concertgebouw in Bruges, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Ludwigsburg Festival, the Holland Festival and the Festspielhaus St. Pölten. In 13/14 he conducted two new productions at Teatro Real: L’elisir d’amore and Peter Sellars’ spectacular staging of Tristan und Isolde. This season, Marc Piollet is conducting Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in a production with the Ballet am Rhein in Madrid. He has built up a strong relationship with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he conducted the production Petrouschka/L’enfant et les sortilèges last year.
In 2018, he was nominated for the Austrian Musictheater Prize for his musical leadership in Catalanis La Wally at the Volksoper Vienna. In spring 2019 he returns to Vienna with a new production of Der fliegende Holländer. Just before that, he is back at Stuttgart State Opera with Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Apart from his highly successful work as an opera conductor Marc Piollet is in high demand also for the symphonic repertoire, appearing with renowned orchestras worldwide including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Munich Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. After his much acclaimed debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra he was immediately reinvited and excited the Canadian audience upon his return with his own arrangement of a symphonic suite from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. In 2012 he conducted an all-Beethoven-program at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Lang Lang and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. For many years he has been enjoying a close artistic collaboration with Annette Dasch: a recording of Mozart Arias with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin was released by Sony, also noteworthy are the tours with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the joint production “Die Gretchenfrage” which was released in September 2014 on DVD and Blu-ray by EuroArts. Together with Piotr Beczała he performed in opera galas at Teatro Real, Festival Castell de Peralada, the Thurn und Taxis Schlossfestspiele in Regensburg, in Santa Monica as well as with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at Tonhalle Zurich and KKL in Lucerne. In the season 2018/19, they are invited to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and the Palau de la Música in Valencia.
Being passionate about supporting young orchestra musicians, Marc Piollet regularly conducts projects with the Junge Sinfonie Berlin, a youth orchestra which he founded whilst still being a student. During his tenure as General Music Director in Wiesbaden he actively supported the establishment of the Orchestra Academy of the Hessische Staatsorchester Wiesbaden; since 2010 this academy is a platform where talented young musicians can gain worthwhile orchestra experience.
Since autumn 2016 he is professor for conducting at the University of the Arts Graz.