Biography

Jean-François Gonzales-Hamilton is one of the most active conductors of his generation. For the past several years, he has conducted more than eighty concerts annually, a large portion of them in the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris (791 concerts from 1977 to 2017).

After completing brilliant academic studies, he decided to devote himself to music and received the highest awards in eight fields at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National de Versailles before going to the United States for additional conducting training.

Besides his favoured romantic repertoire and baroque music, J.-F. Gonzales-Hamilton regularly conducts the foremost parisian choruses in the major works of sacred music. He has participated in many well known television programs and was chosen to conduct the official symphonic concert given in Paris on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the French-German Treaty of Cooperation.

J.-F. Gonzales-Hamilton's concerts have taken him throughout Europe and the Mediterranean countries as well as to the United States, Japan, China, India, Korea, Russia and Hungary. At present, he pursues two main careers : conductor and violinist. He is professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles and has had several of his own original works published. In 1983, he received the composition award from the Fondation de France.

 Awarded the medal "Chevalier des Palmes académiques" by the French government in January 2010,  J.-F. Gonzales-Hamilton speaks fluently French, English, Russian and conversational Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

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