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Jean-Marc Burfin


In 1983, he entered the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, where he obtained, in June 1987 and unanimously by the jury, the 1st prize for Orchestra Conducting in the class of Jean-Sébastien Béreau after having made his studies at the Conservatories of Nancy, Metz, Strasbourg and Reims.

During the masterclasses he attends, he is encouraged by his masters Franco Ferrara, Charles Bruck, Pierre Boulez and Vitaly Kataev.

Graduated from the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzbourg, he is invited to conduct the M.I.T. from Boston in 1984, alongside Lorin Maazel. Following an international seminar in Fontainebleau, he was noticed by Leonard Bernstein and in July 1987 invited to conduct the Paris Orchestra.

In 1990/1991, he received a Franco-Soviet scholarship to improve his knowledge of the Russian repertoire with Alexandre Dmitriev, at the Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. In the 1991 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors of Orchestra, he was a laureate finalist and received a special prize from the Moscow Radio-Television Orchestra through its Director Vladimir Fedosseiev.

Jean-Marc Burfin has directed several orchestras, both in France and abroad (Colonne, Lamoureux, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes, Picardie, Potsdam Phillarmonie, Würtembergische Phillarmonie, Symphonic of Oviedo, among others).

He was Artistic Director of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa during the 2003 / 2004 season. He recorded a CD at the publisher Naxos, dedicated to the work of Vincent d’Indy.

Recognized pedagogue, he is one of the rare active conductors to teach orchestral direction. He is currently a professor at the Superior National Academy of Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Academic Orchestra.