French-Swiss conductor Joseph Bastian will assume the function as of the orchestra’s 2023/24 live performance season
Alongside his function as chief conductor, Joseph Bastian will function the Munich Symphony Orchestra’s inventive director, additionally starting in 2023. He’ll conduct a subscription live performance in April 2023 earlier than assuming his new function in the summertime.
Bastian is at the moment music director of France’s Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne and principal conductor of the Asian Youth Orchestra. His visitor conducting highlights embody the Estonian Nationwide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationwide du Capitole de Toulouse, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra of China, SWR Symphonieorchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, and Dresdner Philharmoniker, amongst others.
Born in France to a French-Swiss household, Bastian began his music profession finding out the cello, trombone, and composition. A graduate of Germany’s Hochschule für Musik Saar finding out trombone, he later carried out within the Munich Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra with conductors Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez.
After serving as principal bass trombone within the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO), he started specializing in his conducting profession, working as an assistant conductor to the late Mariss Jansons, in addition to to Daniel Harding and Vladimir Jurowski. His different mentors included Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula, and David Zinman.
In 2016, Bastian reached worldwide acclaim when he stepped in for Robin Ticciati to conduct the BRSO in three subscription concert events. Bastian’s prizes embody the 2016 Neeme Järvi Prize and the 2019 Eugen Jochum Prize for Younger Conductors.
“To have been elected Chief Conductor by the musicians of the Munich Symphony Orchestra means [a lot] to me,” Bastian mentioned. “I’m delighted to have the ability to work in my chosen hometown and with such versatile and extremely motivated musicians to convey ‘the sound of the town’ to the guts of society. Many thanks additionally to the Board, the Administrators, and the complete staff for the belief they’ve positioned in me.”
“We’re more than happy to current Joseph Bastian, a flexible and extremely motivated artist, as our new Chief Conductor,” added Board Chairman, Ulrich Wastl. “He has been intently related to Munich’s cultural life for a few years, very similar to the Munich Symphony Orchestra has been for greater than three quarters of a century. He’s additionally a perfect, forward- pondering selection in the case of the Munich Symphony Orchestra’s quite a few regional and worldwide initiatives.”
“We’re very excited concerning the inventive collaboration with Joseph Bastian, with whom we [will] current a live performance on April 19 this season and look ahead to many joint live performance experiences within the coming seasons,” mentioned the orchestra’s intendant Tilman Dost. “It’s actually an thrilling symbiosis with a lot of progressive energy and an exciting musical imaginative and prescient.”
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