Founder of the Musika Orchestra Academy in 2008, French conductor Pierre Bleuse is also artistic director of the Philharmonie der Animato Stiftung, a youth orchestra with which he has performed in major European cities. He studied conducting with Jorma Panula in Finland and Laurent Gay at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève. As a violinist, he was the prize-winner of the Conservatoire National de Paris. He enjoys continued artistic relationships with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine. With more and more appearances in concert halls outside of France, Pierre Bleuse is starting to lead a brilliant international career. In July 2016, he made his successful United States debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, having caught the attention of its Music Director, Thierry Fischer. He will return to the Opéra de Lyon in 2017 and 2019, after first assisting Kazushi Ono in two productions in 2013, and subsequently returning in 2015. Composer Michael Jarrell has also recently entrusted him with his opera Cassandre with the actress Fanny Ardant and the Lemanic Ensemble at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence.