Fabrice Bollon studied with Michael Gielen and Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Paris and at Salzburg’s Mozarteum before completing his studies with Georges Prêtre and Mauricio Kagel. He worked as musical assistant at the Salzburg Festival until 1998, was deputy musical director at Oper Chemnitz (2000–04), was chief conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra (1996–2000) and has made numerous appearances with many renowned European orchestras. From 2009 he has been general music director/chief conductor at Germany’s Theater Freiburg. In September 2016 Bollon was unanimously re-elected for another term and began recording for Naxos, releasing a remarkable interpretation of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane in 2018 (8.660410-12).
His work in Freiburg has garnered international acclaim, including Editor’s Choice accolades in Gramophone magazine and Diapason d’Or Awards, among others. Bollon appears regularly with the Moscow State Opera Stanislavsky, several German radio orchestras, and in Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Monte Carlo.
Bollon is also an acclaimed composer: his opera Oscar und die Dame in Rosa was highly praised by both critics and audiences.