Jérôme Devaud is presently Artistic Director of the Forum Sinfonietta Ensemble Paris Orchestral Ensemble, Musical Director of the Opera residence at the Sédières Festival, Musical Director of the Limousin Youth Symphony Orchestra ODJC and the Uzerche Summer Orchestral Academy, as well as Artistic Director of the Parisian recording label Explora Concept.
Jérôme Devaud began his musical studies in Toulouse before graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique, Paris where he studied with Pierre Dervaux, Gérard Devos and Dominique Rouits. Numerous master classes with some of the best known conductors of their time, including Sergiu Celibidache, Georges Prêtre, Paul Ethuin, Robert Martignoni and Guy Condette, allowed him to continue to perfect his art.
In 1990, Jérôme Devaud received an award from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
House conductor at the Grand Theatre, Limoges, from 1989 to 1996, he became acquainted with much of the operatic repertoire and was assistant conductor for more than 25 productions. To date he has conducted a number of operas and ballets including Carmen, La Bohème, Tosca, Rigoletto, L’Elisir d’amore, Cosi fan Tutte, The Land of Smiles with Alain Vanzo, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, The Sleeping Beauty with Marie-Claude Pietragala and Kader Belarbi, and Coppélia with Wilfride Piollet and Jean Guizerix, both principal dancers from the Opéra de Paris.
In 1997, he formed the Paris-based chamber orchestra, Forum Sinfonietta Ensemble, focusing on professional young musicians with a highly varied repertoire. He has conducted this orchestra notably at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, as well as on tour in France at the Festival d’été de Sédières where he has been at the head of the festival’s opera productions every year since 1999. Under his guidance the orchestra has found and developed its own image with ambitious projects always at the forefront of its musical agenda.
As guest conductor, he has taken part in many festivals in France and Europe - Paris, Santander, Flaneries Musicales de Reims, Vaison-la-Romaine, St. Céré, Barcelone, Bremen, Ostrava, Sylvanès, Eté Musical de la Loire - notably with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the European Community Youth Orchestra, the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, the Bury Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of Olomouc, the choir of Ivan Goran Kovacic in Zagreb, the Air France choir, the Petits Chanteurs de Comtes de Champagne, the chorus of the Opéra de Nantes and the Camerata Vocale de Brive.
He has accompanied a number of soloists including Ivan Rebroff, Marcel Azzola, Bertrand Walter, Laurent Verney, Dominique de Williencourt, Ami Flammer, Michael Richter, Jorge Chamine, Wladimir Okenko, Pascal Amoyel, Josette Morata, Alain Vanzo, François Killian, Sébastien van Kuijk, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Nora Cismondi, Eric Franceries, Olivier Latry, Elina Kuperman...
Jerome Devaud is highly regarded in the educational branch, teaching at the Music Conservatoire in Tulle. He has been invited to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM) and has directed an orchestral training course for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Czechoslovakia. He is also the Musical Director of the Orchestre Départemental de Jeunes en Corrèze (ODJC), which brings together some 100 young musicians every year.
Jérôme Devaud has recorded a number of CDs for the Paris label, Explora Concept : Saxiland (with a saxophone quartet, string orchestra and percussion), the organ concertos by Rheinberger (which won critical acclaim with five Diapasons), and Hamann Armatango, music by Albert Hamann featuring bandoneon, guitar, piano and orchestra. A recording of two concertos by the English composer Roger Steptoe was released in April 2008, Light with Nora Cismondi, principal oboist with the Orchestre National de France, and Olivier Latry, organist at Notre-Dame, Paris, as soloists.