Alexandre Bloch started playing the cello at the age of six and studied at the Orléans Conservatory. He went on to study composition and orchestral conducting at the Paris Conservatory. He has conducted the Orchestra of Northern Hungary, the Janáček Philharmonic (Ostrava), the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire de Paris, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Orchestre de Bretagne and the National Orchestra of Porto. Bloch first attracted the attention of Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and was appointed a conducting fellow at Tanglewood in the summer of 2011. He is the founder and principal conductor of the Orchestre Antipodes.
In March 2012, Bloch was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, allowing him to work for two seasons with such orchestras as the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata. In September 2012, Bloch won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and was appointed assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Bloch was one of the conductors who participated in Mariss Jansons’s masterclass with the RCO back in May. Next week’s concerts mark his official debut with the orchestra.