Born to a Russian father and to a Polish mother, Emmanuel Krivine started very young a career as a violonist. Awarded a first prize from the Paris conservatoire when he was sixteen, the boarder of the Queen Elizabeth College of Music notably studied with Henryk Szeryng and won the most famous competitions.
After an essential meeting in 1965 with Karl Böhm, he gradually devoted to orchestral conducting, first as a permanent guest conductor for the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France from 1976 to 1983, then as the music director of the Orchestre national de Lyon from 1987 to 2000 and of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes.
From 2006 to 2015 he was the music director of the Orchestre philharmonique of Luxembourg.
Since the season 2015-2016, he has been the principal guest conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and since season 2017-2018 he has been appointed music director of the Orchestre national de France.
Along with his activities as a principal conductor, Emmanuel Krivine is regularly the guest conductor of the best international orchestras. In 2004, he joined the original approach initiated by a group of European musicians with whom he established the Chambre philharmonique, an orchestra based on period instruments, which is now in residence at the Grand Théâtre de Provence. This group performs a lot of concerts and recordings among which the complete Beethoven symphonies (Gramophone Editor’s choice).
His latest musical recordings with the Orchestre philharmonique of Luxembourg, at Zig Zag Territoires/Outhere, include a recording of Ravel’s (Shéhérazade, Boléro, La Valse, …), another one of Moussorgski’s (Pictures at an exhibition) / Rimski-Korsakov’s (Shéhérazade) and the last one of Bartók’s (Concerto for orchestra and Violin concerto No. 2); with the Chambre philharmonique, at Naïve, he performed recordings devoted to Mendelssohn («Italian» and «Reformation» symphonies), to Dvořák («New World Symphony»), to Schumann (Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra) and to Beethoven (complete symphonies). And, for the Alpha classical music label, a DVD dedicated to Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.