Winner of the Salzburg First International Prize in 1982, Patrick Fournillier was Artistic Director of the Academy Orchestra from 1984 to 1986. In 1987 he won second prize in the competition for Polish Music interpretation, with the Orchestra Prize and the Audience Prize at the third Katowice International Competition (Poland). Since then he has been invited to conduct the orchestras in Gdańsk and Kraków, the Philharmonic and the Opera in Warsaw, as well as making several recordings for Polish Radio. Patrick Fournillier regularly conducts the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the European Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras throughout Europe. In 1988 he conducted Amadis as Music Director at the Massenet Festival in Saint Etienne and recorded this opera with the National Theatre Chorus and the Paris Opéra Orchestra, winning the Orphée d’Or and the SACD Prize for the best recording of a French composer. During the first Massenet Festival, in 1990, he conducted Cléopâtre and the oratorio La Vierge, followed by Esclarmonde in 1992, and in 1994, Grisélidis, Panurge and Le Cid and Gounod’s Sapho.
His distinguished career has continued with engagements in Europe and abroad, and recordings that have included the Choc du Monde de la Musique, Diapason d’Or de l’Année, the Opéra International Timbre de Platine, 10 de Répertoire, the Académie Charles Cros, and the Grand Prix du Disque.