New conductor in Paris

New conductor in Paris


norman lebrecht

December 17, 2020

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France has named Lucie Leguay as joint assistant conductor to music director Mikko Franck, starting next month. She will share conducting duties with  Emilia Hoving.

Last year, she assisted at the Ensemble Intercontemporain with Matthias Pintscher, Orchestre National d’île de France with Case Scaglione, Orchestre National de Lille with Alexandre Bloch and Orchestre de Picardie (Amiens) with Arie Van Beek.



  • Basso Continuoso says:

    Gender discrimination. Two women in the two positions, neither of which is probably qualified.

    • RW2013 says:

      Mikko is a ladies’ man.

    • orlando says:

      Please keep your comments to yourself unless you have worked with the ladies. Lucie is incredibly talented and deserves this position to develop her skills.

    • Peter San Diego says:

      What information do you have to suggest that either is not qualified? The brief resume above suggests that Ms. Leguay has been developing her career in a very considered manner, taking a series of assistant positions to build experience.

    • BruceB says:

      If a man gets a job, it’s because he’s good; if a woman gets a job, it’s because she’s a woman.


    • Talia says:

      Gender discrimination is to assume that a female conductor who got a job is “probably” not qualified, without even knowing her. Shame on YOU! and on all the ones who voted to your misogynous comment.

    • Male Conductor says:

      If they would be two men, would you say they are probably qualified for the post? Incredible stupid comment. You are for sure not qualified to give an opinion, if you don’t know her.

      I know Ms. Leguay and she is, as a matter of fact, an outstanding conductor. I still remember how fascinated the musicians of Lille and Amiens were when they met her some years ago at auditions for assistant conductor.

      Well deserved and contratulations!

    • William Safford says:

      Are you being ironic?

  • Gunter Sohn says:

    Am I the only one who has the impression that most of the conducting appointments (either as main, artistic or assistant conductor) and agency signings in the last two years have been women?

    • RW2013 says:

      It’s just a fad. It will pass.

    • Talia says:

      Yes. And please wake me up when it will be over 50%. Thank you!

      • Gunter Sohn says:

        But… the percentage of women conductors (both working or studying) is still very low. How do you think it will be fair to force the 50% of the conducting positions and engagements for them? Let’s not forget that positive discrimination affects negatively people’s lifes, and men should also be given the oportunity to live from their work and get engagements by the quality of their work.

    • William Safford says:

      If nothing else, there is a lot of catching up to do.

    • BruceB says:

      It would be interesting to find out if your impression is correct. It might be more that the female appointments get more attention than the male ones.