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JEAN-JACQUES WERNER

Born in Strasbourg in 1935 Jean-Jacques Werner studied at the conservatory there, with conducting under Fritz Münch, and then in Paris where he worked with Léon Barzin. For composition and orchestration, he was the student of Daniel-Lesur and Pierre Wissmer to whom he would later dedicate his Eighth Symphony. Jean-Jacques Werner’s career began in 1960 at the French Radio where, for many years, he conducted the regional radio orchestras (Strasbourg, Nice, Lille, Toulouse, Marseilles) as well as the major Paris orchestras. In 1970 he founded the Ensemble Instrumental du Val de Marne, a group of renowned soloists for which eminent composers wrote works. In 1976 he was the first director of the EMU (Europäische Musikschul Union) Orchestra and would be its permanent conductor until 1989. He taught conducting from 1978 to 1982 at the Reims Conservatoire and was a guest professor at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1981 he founded the Jeune Philharmonie du Val de Marne, an orchestra that would take the name of Orchestre Léon Barzin (OLB) in 1994. Permanent conductor and artistic director, he has appeared in concert with this orchestra of variable forces all over Europe, and in broadcasts, festivals, and CDs. Beginning in 1982, Jean-Jacques Werner received countless invitations to conduct and teach abroad, in particular in Taiwan, where he has gone numerous times, as well as in the United States. In 2008, he was awarded one of the SACEM Prix de Printemps, the Pierre and Germaine Labolfe Prize. The following year he was named Officier des Arts et Lettres.

Role: Conductor 
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