With a Russian father and a Polish mother, Emmanuel Krivine began his career as a violinist at a very young age. He won the first prize at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 16, he studied at Queen Elisabeth College of Music with Henryk Szeryng and Yehudi Menuhin, and has made his mark in the most prestigious competitions.
After 1965, following a decisive encounter with Karl Böhm, he gradually came to focus on conducting; first of all as permanent guest conductor for Radio France’s New Philharmonic Orchestra from 1976 to 1983 then as music director of Lyon National Orchestra from 1987 to 2000 and the French Youth Orchestra for eleven years.
In 2001, Emmanuel Krivine began a special collaboration with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming its music director in the 2006/2007 season. Alongside his activities as chief conductor, Emmanuel Krivine regularly works with the greatest orchestras in the world such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and so on.
In 2004, Emmanuel Krivine joined forces with an original group of European musicians with whom he founded "The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra". Together they focused on discovering and interpreting a repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary on instruments suited to the works and their eras.