Paul-Emmanuel Thomas is at the forefront of a new generation of french entrepreneurial conductors with multiple and versatile trajectories. Appointed in 2010 as Music Director of the Classica Italiana Orchestra in Torino, he added in 2012 the Artistic Director of prestigious Menton Music Festival (France) to his roles as First Guest conductor of the Orchestra Filarmonica del Piemonte (Italia).
Involved in many educational projects, Mr. Thomas 2016/17 season will be marked by his return to Rouen Opera house (France), in a new production of « Tistou les pouces verts » opera by Henri Sauguet, Verdi Requiem with Orchestra Filarmonica del Piemonte and new productions of Aïda and Nabucco in Italia.
The last season has included European Tour of Roberto Alagna « Shakespeare Stars » at the Walldbühne in Berlin, the Munich Philharmonie, Frankfort Alte Oper, Salzburg Festpielhaus and Santa Cecilia in Roma.. He made his debuts with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Parma, the Thuringen Philharmonic Orchestra and the StadtOper Choir of Berlin. Sought after for its soloists accompanying qualities, he conducted the Nice Festival Opera Gala with german opera star Simone Kermes. In addition to a new production of Carmen with Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo at the Incontri Internazionali di Monforte d'Alba, he conducted his first Puccini's Tosca with Orchestra Filarmonica del Piemonte.
As Artistic Director of the Menton Music Festival, he closely works with such renowned international artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Nelson Freire, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Nicholas Angelich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Olga Peretyatko, Piotr Bezcala, Katia and Mariele Labèque...
Mr Thomas has worked with many European ensembles and enjoys collaboration with Leuven Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Mons Royal Conservatory Orchestra (Belgium), Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Soloists of Monte Carlo, Cannes Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Orchestra Filarmonica del Accademia di Saluzzo, Orchestra Filarmonica "Giuseppe Tartini" di Roma, Rousse State Opera, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra... He is a jury member of the Concorso Internazionale of Canto Lirico Enzo Sordello, chaired by famous tenor Luigi Alva and of the Puccini Competition, chaired by Oleg Caetani.
Highlights of 2014/15 included his debuts with the Orchestra della Citta di Ferrara (founded by Claudio Abbado), the Pau Pays de Bearn Orchestra (Poulenc, Prokofiev, Canteloube) and his return engagement to Teatro Superga di Torino in a new production of Don Pasquale. 2013/14 included return engagements with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo in Mahler 4th and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder. He was also invited in June 2014 to conduct in Paris the french creation of the original sound track of The Goddess by chinese composer Zou Ye with Pelleas Chamber Orchestra.
Since his remarkable lyrical debuts in La Traviata with the Filarmonica Orchestra del Piemonte in 2009, he is regularly invited in Italy to conduct the belcanto repertoire: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, L'Elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale ... In 2010, he conducted over 30 performances of Carmen, openair opera tour with an outstanding success and broadcasted live on Paris Premiere TV.
Involved in musical trends of his time, he works alongside Georges Elie Octors and Ictus Ensemble in Brussels and conducts the world premieres of Riama by Sylvain Kassap, Kooning's Dream by Boris Clouteau and the staged opera production of Nordic Dreams by canadian composer Hugues Leclair. He created in Paris the MARSYAS-Ensemble chamber orchestra and became from 2007 to 2005 musical and artistic director of the contemporary music Transversales 20.21 ensemble.
Paul-Emmanuel Thomas is involved in original and educational projects such as the opera world premiere Red Waters by pop singers Keren Ann and Bardi Johannsson, Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev with the Monte Carlo Soloists and Stravinsky's Soldier Tale.
Mr Thomas received advices from renowned conductors, most notably the maestri George Prêtre and completed his musical studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP). He is graduated with a Master in Conducting at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège in Belgium.