Yannis Pouspourikas was born in Marseille in 1971. At a very young age he went to Geneva to study at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève, and then at the Opéra de Zurich, where he won unanimous first prize in orchestral conducting.
He was rapidly appointed assistant conductor at the Opéra National de Paris, and then by Sir Simon Rattle at Glyndebourne Festival.
In 1999 he made his debut in Geneva in Die Fledermaus. From 2000 to 2004 he was assistant conductor and second choir master at the Opéra National de Paris. He collaborates regularly with the Glyndebourne Festival, Festival d’Orange, Teatro Real in Madrid, Grand Théâtre in Geneva and the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels.
Yannis Pouspourikas is not only appreciated in the world of opera, but also in the symphonic repertoire. He is a regular guest conductor with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Picardie, Dublin Radio Orchestre, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Teatro Real). Soloists such as Anne Gastinel, Laurent Korcia and Xavier Phillips have recently performed in concerts conducted by him.
In 2004 he was appointed resident conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon, in addition to which in 2005 he was appointed associate conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, a position he held for four seasons.
In September 2008 Yannis Pouspourikas was appointed Huisdirigent at the Flanders Opera where he conducts a very diverse repertoire, from Peter Grimes to Samson and Dalila and Candide, Hérodiade or Mahagonny. In September 2010, after having replaced Jesus Lopez-Cobos for Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra National de Paris, Yannis Pouspourikas conducted, also at the Opéra National de Paris, Henri Dutilleux’ Le Loup, in the presence of the composer. The Opéra de Paris then immediately hired him for a new series in 2013. His first recording, Harsanyi/Saint-Saëns with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, has been a great success.
Upcoming projets: Carmen, Die Zauberflöte (Flanders Opera), Rite of Spring/Firebird with Ballet Bejart Lausanne (Bodensee Festival), Liszt Faust-Symphonie, Rachmaninoff 1st Piano Concerto (Staatstheater Braunschweig). Recording soon to be released of l’Intruse, opera by Dirk d’Ase (libretto by M. Maeterlinck, commissioned by Flanders Opera for the commemoration of M. Maeterlinck’s Nobel Prize).