French pianist and recitalist Mathieu Pordoy has emerged as one of the most promising coaches of his generation. Internationally acclaimed, he has coached at the most prominent opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera (the complete version of Don Carlos), Paris Opera (Les Huguenots), and Opernhaus Zürich (Les contes d’Hoffmann). He also has given master classes at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and—at the invitation of Joan Dornemann—held staff positions with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal and International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel.
Last season, Mr. Pordoy made a double debut at Carnegie Hall in Berlioz’s Lélio with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and in recital with Sabine Devieilhe, noted as “a superb partner, whose artistry helped to make this an evening of first-rate chamber music” according to New York Times.
With American tenor Michael Spyres, he has given a series of recital throughout Europe and Canada: Opéra de Bordeaux, Oper Frankfurt, Festival de Lanaudière and A Coruña.
As a specialist in French opera, Mr. Pordoy is regularly invited to such opera houses as the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Grand-Théâtre de Luxembourg, Théatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse.
Since 2008, Mr. Pordoy has collaborated on productions every summer with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and served as coach for the festival’s young artists’ academy. As a vocal coach and accompanist, he has served on the music staffs of the Théâtre des Champs- Élysées (Tristan und Isolde, Pelléas et Mélisande, Il Barbiere di Siviglia); Auditorio de Tenerife (Werther); Chorégies d’Orange (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen); Oper Köln (Benvenuto Cellini, L’enfant et les Sortilèges, L’Heure Espagnole); Teatro Municipal de Santiago (La Damnation de Faust); and others.
Mr. Pordoy has collaborated with such conductors as Fabio Luisi, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniele Gatti, François-Xavier Roth, Mikko Franck, and Alain Altinoglu. He has given recitals and concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival, Opéra Bastille, Musée d’Orsay, and Les Musicales du Luberon, among other venues and festivals.
Next projects include recitals with Sabine Devieilhe (Paris and Aix en Provence), Michael Spyres (Paris, Toulouse and New-York), Marina Rebeka (Toulouse), Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé in Asia.
Mr. Pordoy graduated with honors from the Paris Conservatoire, where he taught from 2006 to 2011.