Conducting a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, Hélène Bouchez appears as a guest conductor of orchestras around the world and has worked with leading music directors such as Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, Marin Alsop and Rafaël Frübeck de Burgos.
In France, she is guest at the “Folle Journée de Nantes”, and conducts orchestras such as Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre Symphonique de Vichy, the Lyon Atelier XXIst Century, the Sillages Ensemble for contemporary music, the Amiens Brass Ensemble, the Apostrophes Ensemble from the OrchestrePhilharmonique de Nice. She recently conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France in rehearsal.
Hélène Bouchez has conducted many world premieres and has collaborated with French composers such as Philippe Leroux, François Paris, Thierry Blondeau. She is a regular guest at the Manca Festival in Nice and at “Aujourd’hui Musiques Festival” (Perpignan).
In the United States, Hélène Bouchez recently conducted the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) in the National Conducting Institute program held by Leonard Slatkin. In 2004, she was invited for a two months residency at Tanglewood where she conducted the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in shared-live broadcast concert with Kurt Masur. Previously, she worked with Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and premiered young composers.
In Asia, Hélène Bouchez was finalist laureate of the Tokyo International Conducting competition (2003). She conducted the New Japan Philharmonic and received an award from the Min-On Association Association Concert.
In Europe, she worked with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival and conducted some of his Notations. She performed with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Szombathely Symphony (Bartok Festival, Hungary), the Sofia Symphony Orchestra (Sienna, Italy).
In France, she conducted Orchestre National de Lyon (Messiaen “Turangalîla-Symphony” with David Robertson). She was previously resident conductor of Orchestre Symphonique de Lyon and of the Orchestre de l’Université Claude Bernard.
Hélène Bouchez graduated conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (with unanimous highest distinction) and was awarded the “Special Prize Marcel Dautremer”. She also graduated piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon (with unanimous highest distinction). She is currently professor-assistant in this institution since 2001.
Hélène Bouchez is graduated also in literature and received a Masters degree in musicology.