Music Director of l'Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges and l'Orchestre de Limoges et du Limousin starting with the season 2013-14, the young American conductor Robert Tuohy is equally at home in both the opera house and on the concert stage. Highlights of his first season in Limoges include a highly-acclaimed production of Carmen, about which Opéra Magazine wrote 'Robert Tuohy is one of the major artists in the success of this performance. From the pit and the stage alike he obtains a result of beautiful precision, never routine, never banal. In the most famous passages, he knows how to restore a perfectly-judged dramatic tension, avoiding all extraneous bombast.' Other projects include symphonic concerts featuring the music of Barber, Beethoven, Dvořák, Mozart, Ravel, Stravinsky and Wagner, as well as a new production of Der Freischütz in 2015.
From 2009-2013 he was Assistant Conductor of l'Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon. Opera performances with the ONM include Die Fledermaus and Rusalka, as well as highly-praised productions of Manon Lescaut and Lakmé, about which forumopera.com wrote: 'From the prelude Robert Tuohy ... announces the clarity of his interpretation and conducting. Allying energy, precision and delicacy, he transcends the score, and consistently supports the singers, successfully adjusting the dynamic intensity. He receives a beautiful response from the orchestra, which sounds and modulates with a delightful clarity.' Symphonic work with the ONM has included the 2012 and 2013 New Year's Concerts, a performance at l'Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles with Csilla Boross and David Fray, several world and French premiere performances, as well as numerous regional and young persons concerts.
With the ONM, Robert has served as assistant conductor on productions of Aida (Stade de France), Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, La cantatrice chauve, L'Étranger (Festival Radio France), La fille du régiment, Mefistofele, Le nozze di Figaro, Otello, Rigoletto, Samson et Dalila, Semiramide, and Wuthering Heights. He has also worked as assistant conductor alongside Lawrence Foster for Les Troyens at l'Opéra de Marseille and for René Koering's Die Marquise von O at l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
Robert trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst. He graduated with distinction, won the Ernest Read Conducting Prize, and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for outstanding final recital. While at the Academy, he conducted performances with all the major RAM ensembles, co-conducted a cycle of Schumann symphonies, and participated in the RAM/South Bank Centre festivals celebrating the music of Peter Maxwell Davies and Luciano Berio.
In 2007, he was chosen by the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra to conduct the LSO in a masterclass with Sir Colin Davis. In 2008 and 2009, he was invited by Kurt Masur to participate in a series of masterclasses and concerts with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in the Orkney Conducting Course, where he studied with Martyn Brabbins and conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Robert was principal conductor of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2009, and has also served as assistant conductor of the Cheltenham Music Festival Academy and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.