François-Xavier Roth began his career as a flautist, but soon turned his focus towards conducting. He has a reputation for inventive programming. Since 2015, Roth has been General Music Director of the City of Cologne, leading both the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Opera. He has taken up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season.
In 2003, François-Xavier Roth founded Les Siècles, an innovative orchestra performing programmes on modern and period instruments, often within the same concert. In 2013 Les Siècles gave centenary performances of Strawinksy’s The Rite of Spring on original instruments at the BBC Proms and the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and, subsequently, performances with the Pina Bausch and Dominique Brun dance companies. Roth and Les Siècles devised their own television series Presto! for France 2, attracting weekly audiences of over three million.
As Principal Conductor (2011-16), he led the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg in visits to London (BBC Proms), Hamburg and the Lucerne and Berlin Festivals.
François-Xavier Roth is working with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle Zurich.
François-Xavier Roth is conductor of the ground-breaking LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme. With the Festival Berlioz and Les Siècles, he founded the Jeune Orchestre Européen Hector Berlioz.
François-Xavier Roth made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in June 2016, conducting works by Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.