Pedagogy and the life of the artist fused in the career path of Jean Philippe Dambreville. As a trained trumpeter, he began teaching at the age of 16 in the Rouen region and went on to win first prize at the regional conservatories in Rouen, Evreux, and Paris, as well as in Reims for conducting.
After obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree in musicology at the University of Rouen, Mr. Dambreville prepared his doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne on Béla Bartók’s system of harmony. Since then, he received the Diplôme d’État as trumpet teacher and director of wind ensembles, as well as the Certificat d’Apitude, which qualified him to direct at a regional level music conservatories in France.
He is also interested in the corporate world, and works particularly on comparisons of management and the role of a conductor with an orchestra. He is, in that field, a certified APM expert.
In 1992, he co-founded the Ensemble de Cuivres de Rouen (Brass Ensemble of Rouen), with which he performed more than 200 concerts, most notably in Paris at the Champs-Élysées Theater, the Saint-Suplice church, the Saint-Germain des Prés auditorium, the Museum of Natural History, Château de Vincennes’ park flower festival, the Musée des Arts et Métiers, along with concerts held abroad.
Conducting orchestra experience
He co-directed, performed, and toured all over Europe with the Orchestre Pop-Symphonique des Jeunes de La Communauté de l’Agglomération Rouennaise between 1999 and 2009—from the Sainte-Cécile conservatory in Rome, to the Spanish conservatories in Seville and Liceu in Barcelona, Brighton in Great-Britain, Gdansk in Poland, Lettonie, Ternie in Italy, Dublin, Belfast, Hanover, amongst many others.
Following his experience conducting orchestras of professional musicians, Mr. Dambreville was invited in June 2007 to the “Neeme Järvi Summer Academy”, an international master class for conducting where he led Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra (performed by Philharmonic Orchestra of La Haye). In 2008, he conducted the St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra during the David Oïstrakh Festival in Estonia, which further consolidated his training with Neeme and Paavo Järvi. His than continued to study with them for three more years.
Parallel to his regular concerts in Provence, particularly in Aix-en-Provence, Mr. Dambreville also continues his work as guest-conductor abroad, in Italy and Romania and the USA.
Recently, he has been invited to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Marseille, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Marseille Opera, the Cannes Symphonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Toulon Opera and he has recorded three Lieder cycles of Mahler for the Festival of “banned music” (Festival Musiques interdites) with soloists of the Marseille Opera: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Rückert Lieder (2 CDs).
Having first led as director at smaller Rouen music schools for many years, Mr. Dambreville then directed and managed the conservatory of Beauvais for three years and coordinated the city’s cultural events. In October 2012, he was appointed director of the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence where he currently conducts and helps manage Aix’s broad cultural events program.