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assistant conductor

In 2022, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande created the position of assistant conductor to give young talent the opportunity to work in close proximity with the musical and artistic director and the orchestra to prepare the programme of concerts, recordings, operas as well as tours, and to acquire a precious experience in the management of an orchestra. Since 2024, the OSR has decided to reserve the position of assistant conductor for talented women only.


The position

The successful candidate will be offered a position as assistant conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for the 2024-25 season starting on 12 August 2024 as part of a conductor training.

As part of a conductor training programme, the aim of the proposed position as assistant conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is to prepare the candidate for her future career as a conductor and/or music director. The programme includes work with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and its musical & artistic director, the development of outreach projects, as well as an introduction to the different functions that support the musicians of the Orchestra, e.g. awareness of production set-up, orchestra equipment, music library, communication, box office & audience development, and operating costs.

Main activities

Musical activites with the orchestra

  • Assist the Music and Artistic Director and guest conductors during rehearsals, concerts, recordings, tours and the recruitment of musicians.
  • Assist the Music and Artistic Director of the OSR in productions at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
  • Prepare and conduct a series of concerts for young audiences or families, with commentary in French.

Activities related to the Orchestra

  • Participate in cultural activities, e.g. conducting workshops, career days and conferences.
  • Assist the artistic department, especially in the guidance of soloists and guest conductors
  • Attend meetings of the artistic committee.

Orchestral management

  • Attend OSR management training days (15 to 20 days during the season).
  • Introduction to the work of different departments: librarian, artist management, orchestra management (administrative and technical parts), communication, fundraising (sponsoring and patronage) and administrative & financial management.
  • Introduction to programming for young audiences.

Other functions to be defined pending discussion with the orchestra's management.

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Current Assistant Conductor

Ana María Patiño-Osorio is the first Assistant Conductor for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons.

Born in Colombia in 1995, Ana María Patiño-Osorio completed her Bachelors in conducting at the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, then graduated from the Masters programme of Orchestral Conducting at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste as a student of Johannes Schlaefli in 2021.

In the same year she won the National Prize for best Conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá. Finalist of the Solti International Conducting Competition in 2020, she has also participated in the Tanglewood Festival, and in masterclasses with Herbert Bloomsted, Matthias Pintscher, Bernard Haitink, amongst others. In 2024, she took second place in the Malko Competition, as well as the Audience Prize and the Special Youth Jury Prize.

Find here the whole biography of Ana María Patiño-Osorio.

On her experience at the competition, Patiño-Osorio says “I think something wonderful about the audition was that we played a lot of pieces from Mozart to Webern, and then Jarrell which is very new. From the beginning I have the feeling they want to see a lot of styles, a lot of music…”.

What impressed Jonathan Nott about our winner? A mix of her ability to conduct, to communicate and the charm with which she engaged each of the musicians. She created a real chamber music atmosphere within the orchestra.”