Joseph Bastian




Joseph Bastian debuts with Düsseldorf Symphoniker

Joseph Bastian debuts with Düsseldorf Symphoniker

As last minute stand-in for Düsseldorf Symphoniker’s Principal Guest Conductor, Alexandre Bloch, Joseph Bastian makes his debut with the orchestra conducting three subscription concerts at The Tonhalle in Düsseldorf on 16, 18 and 19 March  The programme includes the world premiere of Frederik Högberg’s Violin Concerto (performed by Isabelle van Keulen), Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony and ...

Joseph Bastian conducts Beethoven with Duisburger Philharmoniker

Joseph Bastian conducts Beethoven with Duisburger Philharmoniker

Conductor Joseph Bastian continues to travel throughout Germany, performing with the Duisburger Philharmoniker on 11 March at Konzerthaus Dortmund They will be performing a Beethoven-only programme and will be joined by pianist Rosalía Gómez Lasheras for Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major...


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.


Bastian performs with total precision, in a calm and masterful manner…complemented by an impressive and tangible sense of partnership with his musicians. A well-deserved ovation.
- Blickpunkt Nienburg
 (Review of debut with Bremer Philharmoniker)
, 2018
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