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Joseph Bastian

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Chief Conductor, Abaco-Orchestra at Munich University

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Joseph Bastian debuts with the Nürnberger Symphoniker and Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Joseph Bastian debuts with the Nürnberger Symphoniker and Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Following his highly acclaimed debut at the Vienna Musikverein with the Abaco-Orchester earlier this month, Joseph Bastian has two further debuts lined up  He will conduct the Nürnberger Symphoniker on 15 October at the Meistersingerhalle (the programme will include Beethoven’s Symphony No 7), followed by a tour with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz from 26 – 31 ...

Joseph Bastian debuts with Basel Sinfonieorchester

Joseph Bastian debuts with Basel Sinfonieorchester

Swiss-French conductor Joseph Bastian leads Basel Sinfonieorchester joined by soloists from Hochschule für Musik for their end-of-year performances The concert on 15 June features a varied programme of Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No 2, De Falla’s Noches en los Jardines de España and excerpts from Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 and Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 ...

Biography

Joseph Bastian made a “sensational debut” with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks when in February 2016, he took over a Brahms-Berg-Elgar programme in the middle of a concert week, after a conductor’s cancellation, and transformed it into an artistic triumph (Abendzeitung, Munich).

In August 2016, Joseph Bastian was awarded the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy and has conducted the Gstaad Festival Orchestra on tour to Germany in April 2017.

Having conducted a variety of orchestras in Germany, Bastian’s career is rapidly developing and guest conducting engagements in 2016/17 have included debuts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Münchener Kammerorchester and Sinfonieorchester Basel. This season sees him making his debuts with the Berner Symphonieorchester, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Nürnberger Symphonieorchester, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and he also conducts a project  with the Landes-Jugendsymphonieorchester Saar. In September 2018, he will return to the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in September 2018 to conduct a number of concerts at the ARD Competition in Munich, and will also make his Japan debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Having been Chief Conductor of the Abaco-Orchestra of the Munich University since 2011, Joseph Bastian takes the orchestra to Vienna for a concert at the Musikverein in October 2017.

Bastian has participated in number of conducting masterclasses with Bernard Haitink with Lucerne Festival Strings, David Zinman with Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and Jorma Panula with Noord Nederlands Orkest. As an Assistant Conductor, he has worked closely with Mariss Jansons and Daniel Harding with the Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Academy of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In March 2017, he assisted Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Penderecki’s St Luke Passion.

Born in France to a Swiss-French family, he started his career playing the cello, trombone and learning composition, before studying trombone at the University of Music Saar. He performed with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez, and is an alumni of the Orchestra Academy of the Munich Philharmonic. Having held the position of bass trombonist with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks since 2004, he also has a keen interest in historically informed performance practice. He has expert knowledge of instruments such as sackbut, serpent and ophicleide and has played them in the Berlin Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Les Cornets Noirs.

Joseph Bastian makes his home in Munich with his wife, soprano Lydia Teuscher and their children.

Reviews

Joseph Bastian(…)took over a program(…)in a very sovereign way as conductor - and transformed this entrance into an artistic triumph. (…)The Serenade 2 by Johannes Brahms can not be played more pleasantly. Here the music-making gains infinitely by the fact that a genuine orchestral musician does not want to make a strong impression. The same applies to Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations". The famous "Nimrod" variation is animated by a single, long breath. Bravo!
- Abendzeitung
, 2016
What an opportunity, and how unspectacular, how technically immaculate and inherently musical Joseph Bastian took it.(…) For the “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar Bastian was able to draw on abundant resources and let the 14 portraits of the wife, of friends, colleagues and the composer himself shine in the most beautiful colours, always with intention and never out of proportion.
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
, 2016