Houtmann, Jacques, French conductor; b. Mire court, March 27, 1935. He studied at the Nancy Cons, and at the École Normale de Musique in Paris with Jean Fournet and Henri Dutilleux, and then took courses in conducting with Franco Ferrara in Rome. He won 1st prize in the conductors’ competition in Besancon (1961) and the Mitropoulos Competition in N.Y. (1964). He was an asst. conductor of the N.Y. Phil. (1965–66). He served as conductor with the Rhône-Alpes Phil, in Lyons (1967–71). In 1971 he went again to the U.S., and was music director of the Richmond (Va.) Sym. Orch. (until 1986); then was music director of the Lorraine Phil, in Metz (from 1986).
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