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.