Photo Credit: Astrid Ackermann
Manager: Christopher Dingstad
Territory: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, North America
The former bass trombonist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (2004-2017), Joseph Bastian made headlines in 2016 when he stepped in and conducted the orchestra (with the blessing of its Chief Conductor and Joseph’s conducting mentor, Mariss Jansons) in a concert cancelled by Robin Ticciati. Praised for a “sensational debut” (Abendzeitung München), he was immediately re-invited.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include conducing debuts with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Berner Symphonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Joseph Bastian has worked closely as an Assistant Conductor to Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski and Daniel Harding, and has participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula and David Zinman. He was awarded the prestigious Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy in 2016, and was the Chief Conductor of the Abaco-Orchestra of the University of Munich from 2011 to 2018.
Joseph also has a keen interest in historically informed performance practice, and his expert knowledge of instruments such as the sackbut, serpent, and ophicleide saw him perform in orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic during his earlier career.