French composer and conductor Serge Baudo was born in Marseilles on July 16th 1927. He attended the Paris Conservatory, where he won First Prize for harmony, chamber music, percussion and conducting in 1949. His prolific conducting career began with the Concerts Lamoureux in 1950. It wasn’t until he became the permanent conductor at the Paris Opéra in 1962 that his international conducting career began in earnest. He was invited to conduct a range of premiers including Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chartres, 1965) and La transfiguration (Lisbon, 1969), Milhaud’s La mère coupable (Geneva, 1966) and Dutilleux’s Cello Concerto (Aix-en-Provence, 1970). His expertise as a conductor is primarily in Russian and French music, although he has a very wide repertory. As a composer, he has composed a variety of chamber and orchestral works and some film scores.