Photo Credit: Astrid Ackermann
Manager: Christopher Dingstad
Territory: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, North America
Swiftly emerging as one of the most exciting talents of the younger generation, French-Swiss conductor Joseph Bastian is widely celebrated for his “total precision, and calm and masterful manner,” renowned for the remarkable and tangible sense of partnership he creates with orchestral musicians (Blickpunkt Nienburg).
The former bass trombonist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (2004-2017), Bastian burst into the international spotlight in 2016, when he stepped in to conduct the orchestra in three subscription concerts – replacing an indisposed Robin Ticciati with the blessing of his Chief Conductor and conducting mentor, Mariss Jansons. Bastian “took over in a very sovereign way as a conductor, transforming this unexpected debut into an artistic triumph,” according to Abendzeitung München, in an event that was widely heralded as a “sensational debut.”
The 18/19 season sees returns to the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Sinfonieorchester Basel, as well as two return engagements with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, whom he will conduct at the beginning of the season in the finals of the ARD International Music Competition, then closing the season with a program of Boulez and Reich. Debuts this season include Bamberger Symphoniker and HR-Sinfonieorchester, and his Asian debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of the 17/18 season included successful debuts with the Bremer Philharmoniker, Münchener Kammerorchester, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, amongst others.
During his tenure with the BRSO (a period which afforded him first-hand observation of the rehearsal techniques and performance styles of many of the world’s leading conductors), Bastian was mentored in his own conducting studies by Mariss Jansons, with whom he worked closely as an Assistant Conductor. He also worked as an Assistant to Daniel Harding (BR Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Academy) and Vladimir Jurowski (London Philharmonic Orchestra), while receiving masterclasses and support from such artists as Bernard Haitink (Festival Strings Lucerne), Jorma Panula (Noord Nederlands Orkest) and David Zinman (Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich).
Bastian further honed his skills as Chief Conductor of the Abaco-Orchestra of the University of Munich (2011-2018). He was awarded the prestigious Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy (2016) and went on to take the Gstaad Festival Orchestra on international tour during the 16/17 season.
Alongside the major symphonic repertoire, coupled with a dedication to the championing of contemporary works, Bastian also has a keen interest in historically informed performance practice. Bastian’s operatic experience includes productions with BRSO, Bourgas State Opera, and Kammeroper München.