French conductor Olivier Robe was initially educated as a cellist; in his home town Caen, then in Paris and in Germany at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, in Essen. Subsequently he decided to study orchestral conducting in Finland with the legendary professor/teacher Jorma Panula.
More recently, Olivier Robe made his successful debut and was re-invited at the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Thüringen-Gotha and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders (shortly also known as Antwerp Symphony Orchestra).
Also noteworthy were his debuts at Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège (Belgium) and at the so called Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, one of the oldest chamber orchestras of Germany.
The current season 2019/2020 will see the artist appearing at the head of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. This time in a community project for family audience around Hector Berlioz. Besides that, he has committed himself to coach and support actively the development of the new Antwerp Youth Orchestra, which he will conduct in December 2019 and in the season 20/21.
Olivier Robe’s career was built through several European orchestras, including amongst others: the Vaasa Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the Pori Sinfonietta (Finland), the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Kammerorchester Berlin, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra Warsaw.
Meanwhile he can look back on particular partnerships with three main Romanian orchestras: the Bucharest Radio Orchestra, and both the Philharmonic Orchestras of Moldavia and Bacau.
Robe’s repertoire embraces several styles. He feels equally at home in the baroque era as in the repertoires up to the XXth century. Over the years he has developed a large interest for our contemporary composers and got repeatedly the opportunity to work together with composers such as G. Ligeti, L. Berio, H.Dutilleux, K. Stockhausen, M. Kagel, Y. Xenakis and O. Neuwirth.
Belgium’s renowned conductor Philippe Herreweghe asked Olivier Robe at multiple occasions to assist him at the so called “Orchestre des Champs-Elysées”, amongst others, within the framework of a CD-recording for the label Harmonia Mundi. This cooperation has enabled him to approach classical and romantic repertoire both in a historically informed, as in a modern way.
Today Olivier Robe is the assistant of Elim Chan, who was recently appointed as general music director of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. He combines this new responsibilities with frequent guest engagements as conductor.