Antoine Plante, praised by audiences and musicians alike for his conducting verve and innovative programming, is a young conductor who has garnered praise for bringing music to life. “Plante led his orchestra, the choir and the soloists in an impressive account of the Requiem: authoritative, vigorous, emotionally intense, at times utterly gripping,” said Charles Ward of the Houston Chronicle.
Plante is a founder of Mercury, a Houston-based orchestra that has experienced remarkable audience growth over its fifteen-year history. In that capacity, Plante has become known for his deftness in balancing a great works repertoire with lesser-known and unknown pieces. His exciting musicality has made him an audience favorite, as evidenced by Mercury’s subscription renewal rate of over ninety percent and the orchestra’s need to move to ever-larger halls.
Plante has earned a reputation for coaching musicians in period performance technique. Musicians that have worked with him form the core of a burgeoning early music performance scene in Houston.
He is also a passionate supporter of classical music education, and has led Mercury’s music education programs, a significant effort that includes classroom music education in under-served schools, master classes for school orchestras, and performances for schoolchildren.
Plante is experienced in directing orchestral pieces as well as works for voice, and has conducted several operas and ballets. He collaborated with noted director Pascal Rambert to produce a modern staged version of Lully’s Armide, which was performed to critical acclaim in Paris and Houston. He worked with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater to create a score for the Dominic Walsh ballet Romeo and Juliet. Recently, Plante has conducted Handel’s complete Messiah and Water Music, as well as Mozart’s Requiem. His opera repertoire includes Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Vivaldi’s Montezuma and Handel’s Rodelinda. In addition to Baroque pieces, his repertoire includes Classical works such as Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn symphonies.
He has been guest conductor of Chanticleer, the San Antonio Symphony, Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, Oregon Bach Festival and Atlanta Baroque.