After more than forty years at the head of Orchestre National de Lille, which he created in 1976, Jean-Claude Casadesus, who remains the founding director, continues to appear in three series per season all while pursuing his international career. He remains artistic director of the Lille Piano(s) Festival.
The orchestra, under his direction, has travelled the world (32 countries on 4 continents – USA, Latin America, Africa, Russia, China and Kazakhstan) and has conducted an exemplary policy of spreading and raising awareness among children and audiences who do not have access to music.
Ardent defender of contemporary music, (he studied orchestral conducting with Pierre Boulez), he has set up residencies for composers also chairing the association Musique Nouvelle en Liberté since 2001.
His discographies of over thirty CDs with Orchestre National de Lille was unanimously hailed by the public and critics. His latest recordings Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss and Symphony No. 2 by Mahler received an enthusiastic reception. They are followed by Mahler’s Das Lied von der.