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Round Top Music Festival: Conductor Pascal Verrot

French conductor, Pascal Verrot, describes his “overly romantic” program at Round Top.


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Located just up the proverbial road from Houston, the Round Top Music Festival kicked off on June 1 and will continue through July 12. Nearly 100 young musicians from seven countries, 26 states and over 45 conservatories and universities have gathered at the distinguished summer music institute in the Texas Hill Country. Under the mentorship of 38 faculty-artists and 10 guest conductors, the students will receive intense training and perform orchestral masterpieces, contemporary works and chamber music over the course of six weeks.

Guest conductor, Pascal Verrot, will lead a program of Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in f-sharp minor (with Eteri Andjaparidze as soloist) and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances on Saturday, July 5 at 3:30pm at the Festival Concert Hall.

Pascal Verrot studied at the Sorbonne and at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where he was awarded a top prize for conducting. He subsequently gained further experience with Franco Ferrara at the Chigiana Musical Academy of Sienna in Italy. He came to the notice of Seiji Ozawa during the Tokyo International Conducting Competition that he won in 1985 and became his assistant at the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1990. Pascal Verrot was musical director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1997 and musical director of the Orchestre de Picardie from 2003 to 2010. In April 2006, he was named principal conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic (Japan).

Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu spoke with Maestro Verrot about this weekend’s program.

*This interview was recorded on July 1 with Pascal Verrot on the phone from Round Top, TX.


Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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