After completing his studies at the Paris Conservatoire and gaining second prize at the 1988 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, Pascal Rophé collaborated closely with Pierre Boulez at the Ensemble Intercontemporain and since that time he has developed a great friendship and professional involvement with Pascal Dusapin. Whilst contemporary music has long represented a major part of Pascal Rophé’s work, his engagements have centred increasingly on the great symphonic repertoire. Pascal Rophé is also committed to making operatic repertoire and contemporary music as accessible to audiences as the more mainstream repertoire. He works regularly with major orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philharmonia Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and also the Liège Royal Philharmonic, of which he was musical director until 2009. Pascal Rophé has been musical director of the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire since September 2014.