On April 13, 2018, the T.W.O. had the pleasure of inviting Alexandre Jung to the baton for this concert at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse with the program of the Liturgical Fanfares and the Concerto for Bassoon by Henri Tomasi, as well as the Music for the suppers of King Ubu of Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
Originally from Haguenau (France), it was in the Conservatory of his hometown that Alexander Jung began learning the clarinet. His artistic training continued at the Regional Conservatory of Strasbourg, where he began conducting at the age of 16. Since then, driven by a growing passion, he has continued to perfect himself in this discipline; first at the Conservatory of Music of the city of Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) with Alain Crepin, before starting his graduate studies in orchestral conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” of Paris in the class of Dominique Rouits. He graduated in orchestral conducting, clarinet, chamber music, writing and orchestration. He also holds the DADSM awarded by the Confédération Musicale de France and the State Diploma in the direction of instrumental ensembles.
Growing up in a region marked by a strong Orphonic tradition, he naturally devotes part of his activity to wind orchestras. While supervising various amateur practices, his career led him to conduct professional wind orchestras such as the Gendarmerie Mobile Music or Grand-Ducale Military Music (Luxembourg), before being named, by contest, at the age of 24, Chief of Music of the National Police. He became the youngest conductor in the history of this prestigious formation. He has conducted many concerts in the most beautiful halls of France, accompanied by leading soloists (Pierre Dutot, Claude Egea, Claude Faucomprez, Philippe Geiss, Stephane Labeyrie, Denis Leloup, Benoît Wery, …), has made numerous creations (Sylvain Marchal, Guy-Claude Luypaerts, Jean-Louis Petit, …), has made recordings hailed by the specialized critic (“Etoile de la mer” for the label Corélia, …), has built links with higher institutions of arts education, and promoted pedagogical actions in schools. In 2010, he was appointed Honorary Music Chief of the National Police Music by the Ministry of the Interior.
Since then, while continuing his commitment to the development of wind ensembles (since 2012, musical and artistic director of the Harmony Orchestra of Saverne), he developed his symphonic and operatic activity internationally around a repertoire that ranges from 18th century music to contemporary creations. He continues to develop with conductors such as Douglas Bostock, Jan Cober, Claire Gibault and Kenneth Kiesler.
He has been a finalist at prestigious International Orchestra Conducting Competitions : 54th Besançon International Young Conductors Competition, the London Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition 2016 and the 18th World Music Contest from Kerkrade.
Alexandre Jung has conducted such orchestras as the Massy Opera Orchestra, London’s The United Strings of Europe, Berlin Sinfonietta, Freiburger Blasorchester, European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, University Wind Orchestra Hungary, Valencia Youth Orchestra, … In 2017, he assists the Spanish conductor José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana during the creation of the Franche-Comté Concert Band.
In addition to his career as a conductor, his artistic, pedagogical and managerial skills led him to work as a director of an arts institution. He trained at the National Institute of Territorial Studies (promotion Edgar Morin). After working on the Canton of Niederbronn-les-Bains from 2002 to 2009, he has been working in this profession since 2010, in the city of Saverne..
Sources : AFEEV