Lucie Leguay holds a Master’s degree in Orchestra Conducting from the Haute Ecole de Musique of Lausanne in Switzerland. She is also a graduate of the École supérieure of the Hauts de France (Lille) and the Regional Conservatory of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (Paris) .
In 2021, Lucie was appointed assistant conductor to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2019, she won the position of assistant conductor for four orchestras : Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris) with Matthias Pintscher, Orchestre National d’île de France (Paris) with Case Scaglione, Orchestre National de Lille with Alexandre Bloch and Orchestre de Picardie (Amiens) with Arie Van Beek. Laureate of several international competitions, she has been distinguished in November 2018, during the first contest for young female orchestra conductors at the Philharmonie of Paris. In 2016, she won the Florence Orchestra Camera Award at the final of the International Orchestra Conducting Competition in Empoli (Italy).
Selected as assistant conductor at the Verbier Festival from 2019 to 2021, Lucie collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Antonio Pappano, Klaus Mäkelä, Lahav Shani, Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Manfred Honeck. Trained as a conductor by Jean-Sébastien Béreau, she also received advice from renowned conductors such as Pekka Jukka Saraste, Mark Shanahan, Clark Rundell and Peter Eötvös. Since 2018 she has been working regularly with Peter Eötvös in Budapest to follow his masterclasses in conducting dedicated to the contemporary repertoire.
These teachings have nourished her inspiration and curiosity for a very rich repertoire ranging from opera to contemporary as well as symphonic music. The faithful interpretation of the text is at the heart of her training, her definition of the role of conductor and her musical activities, in particular through the creation and collaboration with contemporary composers. She has worked with Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Kaija Saariaho, Francesco Filidei, Philippe Schoeller and Nina Senk in Switzerland and Hungary.
Lucie regularly performs in France and abroad with various orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Brussel Philharmonic, the Noord Nederland Orkest, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Les Siècles, Orchestre National d’Île de France in Paris, Opéra de Lille, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de La Loire, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Metz, Orchestre National de Bretagne, Opéra de Toulon, Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Républicaine, Ensemble Aedes, Orchestre Symphonique du Pays Basque, Orchestre de Picardie, Ensemble Sillages, Ensemble 2e2m, Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, Orchestre Démos with the Orchestre National de Lille, the National Orchestra of Bogota with the artist Wax Tailor. During a tour in Korea, she conducted the show “Les Misérables en Concert” in Seoul and Pusan.
In 2014, Lucie founded the Orchestre de Chambre de Lille (OCL) with one ambition: to spread music for all, in places where people do not expect it. The OCL performs in the Lille area with concerts in different formats and with different aesthetics ranging from “instrument discovery” to the great symphony. Transmission and collective practices are at the heart of the orchestra’s educational projects, which, in parallel with the concerts, offer awareness-raising workshops. The orchestra and its conductor perform in unusual places with the desire to meet new audiences.