Claire Gibault began her career at the Opéra National de Lyon before becoming the first woman to conduct the Filarmonica della Scala and the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic. She has conducted prestigious French and international institutions and has been invited to conduct orchestras in Europe and Japan. Music director for a number of insti-tutions such as the Atelier Lyrique and Children’s Choir of the Opéra National de Lyon, she has conducted many opera productions (Rossini, Berlioz, Ravel, Gluck, Britten, Mozart, Henze…).
In 2011, Claire Gibault formed the Paris Mozart Orchestra. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, she regularly collaborates with leading composers such as Graciane Finzi, Wolfgang Rihm, Silvia Colasanti, Fabio Vacchi and Edith Canat de Chizy.
Recent engagements include the world premiere of Jean-Claude Petit’s opera Colomba at the Opéra de Marseille, Mahler’s 10th Symphony, the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Veronica Franco with Milano’s Orchestra Verdi, as well as tours in Europe with her own Paris Mozart Orchestra. In 2018 she conducted the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (Mexico) in works by Chopin and Berlioz, and was also part of the jury for its international conducting competition.
Claire Gibault is high on demand as a tutor for conducting masterclasses. She recently appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s National Opera Studio and Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and has been running her own masterclass series in Paris for 3 years. In 2010 Claire Gibault her autobiography “Music barehanded”. She was made an Officer of the Legion of Honour by the French governement in 2016. In 2017 the French Minister of Culture awarded her the title of Commander of the Arts and Letters.