He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1988 he came second in a competition for young conductors during the Besançon International Music Festival.

Rophé worked with Pierre Boulez and David Robertson in Ensemble Intercontemporain as well as collaborating with Pascal Dusapin. He was the music director of Orchestre philharmonique de Liège (2006–2009), Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire (2014–2022), and now holds the same position in the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra.

He also regularly conducts the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre national de France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as the SWR Sinfonieorchester. With these orchestras he has recorded many critically acclaimed albums, which have won, among others, the Diapason d’Or and Choc de la musique.

Rophé specialises in contemporary music, but he does not shun the classical symphonic repertoire. Particularly active as an opera conductor, he has presented works by Debussy, Wagner, Massenet, Poulenc, as well as present-day music, including many world and national premieres, such as Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera Luci mie traditrici (under a German title) at the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele, Michael Mantler’s Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone with hr-Sinfonieorchester, Bruno Mantovani’s opera Akhmatova at the Parisian Opéra Bastille, and Philippe Schoeller’s Symphony No. 2 ‘Âme’ with the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.
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