French conductor Clément Mao-Takacs started his career as a conductor at a very young age, making his conducting debut at age 15 at Salle Gaveau (Paris). After his studies, he worked at the Budapest National Opera (2002) and the Roma Opera House as principal assistant conductor for five years (2003-2008).
He was invited as guest conductor in Europa by the Camera Strumentale “Città di Pratto”, the Wind Ensemble of the CNSMDP, the Moonwaves Ensemble, the Festival Orchestra of Sofia, the Aquilon Ensemble and the Initium Ensemble, the Orchestre de Bretagne. He will make his debut in Denmark at the Njord New Nordic Music Biennale with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.
In 2012, he created “Secession Orchestra", a new elite ensemble that he directs both musically and artistically. Secession Orchestra has been invited to perform at prestigious festivals, including the Festival "Chopin" (Nohant), the "Lisztomanias", "Tons Voisins" (Albi), "Cima" (Italy), "Melos-Ethos" (Bratislawa), "Kody" (Lublin), "Calvi" (Corsica), Saint-Denis, Deauville, "Métis", "Classique au Vert" (France)…
Clément Mao-Takacs' diverse knowledge of styles allows him to conduct works ranging from the symphonic repertoire to the more lyrical works, and from classicism to the 21st century. His technical mastery and his extensive understanding of the repertoire is widely acknowledged and appreciated in both classical and contemporary music. More noticeable however is his particular interest for the last 19th, the 20th and 21st century music. Being a relentless activist in the diffusion of modern and contemporary music, he is the dedicatee or/and first performer of several pieces by Adams, Ashton, Bargielski, Ballereau, Komives, Koskinen, Feldman, Le Picard, Letouvet, Mu-Xuan Lin, Saariaho, Swensson, Vincze… He often conducts Kaija Saariaho’s music: premieres of the chamber version of La Passion de Simone in Saint-Denis and Clermont-Ferrand (France), Lublin (Poland), Bratislava (Slovaquia) ; Terrestre, Message pour Gérard, Bosun’s Cheer, Quatre Petits Messages at the Novalis Festival (Croatia) and the BOZAR Opening Night (Brussels, Belgium)…
His programmes are always conceived with the idea of offering a new view on existing repertoire: he aims for a renewal of the classical concert concept and rethinking the relationship between space and the audience in the concert venues– he used to introduce music into unusual performance locations as hospitals, factories, prisons, outdoors stages... Clément Mao-Takacs is also the co-founder with stage director Aleksi Barrière of the company La Chambre aux échos, a platform of collaboration between arts, working on opera, musical theatre and multimedia projects.
He graduated from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (Paris) and Accademia Chigiana (Siena). In 2008, he was awarded the Del Duca Foundation’s "Rising Star" award by the Institut de France / Académie des Beaux-Arts; that same year, he was laureate of the Festspiele of Bayreuth. In 2013, he was the first conductor to be laureate of the Cziffra Foundation. With Secession Orchestra, he is currently in residence both at Fondation Singer-Polignac and Festival de Saint-Denis.
His last recordings includes Adieu by Stockhausen (Crystal Classics) and Ibert’s music for winds (Timpani).
Clément Mao-Takacs also leads a career as composer and solo and chamber pianist (he has played the Rising Star Tour 2015). He is artistic programmator for many festivals, and the first edition of his own festival will take place on Summer 2016.