Since the 2013/2014 season, Yannis Pouspourikas is first conductor of the Aalto-Theatre. He studied at the Conservatory in Geneva and at the Opera Zurich where he won the first prize in orchestra directing. Subsequently Sir Simon Rattle engaged him as second conductor at Glyndebourne Festival. The same position he held at the Opéra national de Paris from 2000 – 2004...
2004 he became permanent guest conductor of the Orchestre narional de Lyon and furthermore from 2005 – 2009 he was employed in the same position at the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse. 2008 he became conductor at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen/Gent where he directed amongst others „Peter Grimes“, „Samson and Dalila“, „Candide“, „Hérodiade“, and „Rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny“. He is currently the conductor at the Theater Erfurt.
Regularly he works at Glyndebourne Festival, at Teatro Real in Madrid, Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and at the Opéra national de Paris.
In addition of opera he is appreciated in the symphonic repertoire and he conducted amongst others the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra. In the present season he conducts „Les Huguenots“ at the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur and at the Aalto-Theatre amongst others „Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen“, „Rusalka“, Elektra“, „Fidelio“, „The Magic Flute“, „Aida“ as well as the ballets „Nutcracker“, „ Romeo and Juliette“ and „Giselle“.
He will also make his debut with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana with „Le Sacre du Printemps“ and „La Mer“.