Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries French conductor Diego Masson completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire before becoming percussionist in Domaine Musicale the contemporary music group founded by Pierre Boulez. In 1966, following a period of study with Boulez, he formed Musique Vivante establishing a regular and notable series of concerts presenting important contemporary works. After considerable success as Music Director of the Marseille Opera in the 1970s Diego Masson went on to pursue an international conducting career which has taken him to the major musical centres of Europe, Scandinavia and the Antipodes. A regular visitor to the UK, Masson has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Hallé, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Northern Philharmonic, Nash Ensemble, Opera Factory and Opera North with whom he gave the world première of Robert Saxton’s opera Caritas. With Scottish Opera he conducted the world première of Sally Beamish’s first opera Monster. He appears regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in their Music of Today series at the South Bank Centre and has made several appearances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
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