He came to the notice of Seiji Ozawa during the Tokyo International conducting competition that he won in 1985 and became his assistant at the Boston Symphony orchestra from September 1986 to June 1990.
Since then, his career has progressed rapidly. He is the regular guest of numerous prestigious orchestras in Europe as well as in Japan or in North America. He was musical director of the Quebec Symphony orchestra from 1991 to the end of 1997. In North America, he directed the Boston and the San Antonio Symphony orchestras and the State of Utah Symphony orchestra together with the Montreal, Toronto and Quebec symphony orchestras.
Pascal Verrot has also conducted opera productions, in particular die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Lyon Opera and Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique to celebrate the year of Mozart. After conducting Cosi fan tutte, and two ballets at Metz Opera, he has also conducted Daphnis and Chloé by Ravel and Le Festin de l’Araignée (The Spider’s Feast) by Roussel, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy and l’Opéra d’Aran by Gilbert Bécaud, Don Quixote by Massenet. In Tokyo Japan, he has conducted the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy. He has also conducted Gounod’s Faust for the opening of the new Shanghai Opera. In association with Lille Opera House, he conducted productions of Mozart's Operas, Puccini's Butterfly and Rossini's Italiana in Algeria. His projects include Kurt Weill's Mahagonny and Gounod's Médecin Malgré Lui.
He has recorded Italian opera pieces with the tenor Luca Canonici and the orchestra and choir of Lyon Opera (Erato), the first recording of a Roussel series for FNAC Music, concertos for piano with the Monte-Carlo Orchestra written by film music composers, a Jean Guy Ropartz recording with the Brittany Orchestra, the work for cello and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, for Arion and with Dominique de Williencourt, and finally a recording of Brahms-Beethoven with the Lorraine Philharmonic. With Picardie Orchestra, he recorded Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and Saint-Saëns' piano concertos n°1 and 2.
From January 2003 to June 2010, he has been musical director of the Orchestre de Picardie. In April 2006, he is named principal conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic (Japan). He is Artistic Director of the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne for two seasons (2009-2010). He was named Music Director of the Orchestre Dijon-Bourgogne in September 2010.
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