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assistant conductor

The OSR offers the opportunity to work directly with Jonathan Nott and the orchestra as assistant conductor in preparing concerts, recordings, operas and touring programmes as well as gaining valuable experience in orchestra management for the 2022-23 season



The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande congratulates Ana María Patiño-Osorio on her appointment to the newly created position of Assistant Conductor for the 2022-23 season.

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 Gstaad Conducting Academy, the Tanglewood Festival, and in masterclasses with Herbert Bloomsted, Matthias Pintscher, Bernard Haitink, amongst others.

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.”

The position

The successful candidate will be offered a position as assistant conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for the 2022-23 season starting on 15 August 2022 as part of a conductor training programme.

The aim of the proposed position is to prepare the candidate for his or her future career as a conductor 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.

with the support of



  • Be under 36 years of age on 31 December 2021
  • Possess experience conducting professional musicians
  • Be able to attend & conduct during the final selection round in Geneva on Friday 11 March 2022
  • Be available from 15 August 2022 to 14 August 2023 (in case of other conducting contracts during this period, please indicate the periods and details of these engagements - which orchestra, which repertoire, dates of concerts/performances)
  • Be able to express yourself in French

Application documents

  • Your Curriculum Vitae in French, English or German
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation for the position
  • 2 videos in a conducting situation that scrupulously respect the following criteria :

Two pieces of contrasting character of maximum 10 minutes/per piece with orchestra or small ensemble (minimum 9 musicians). The videos must be :

  • of good quality, with good visibility of the conductor
  • recorded after 31 December 2018
  • in a rehearsal situation or with an audience
  • accompanied by a short description (place, date, ensemble, piece...)

Advice for preparing your video

  • Choose a video that best represents you, in a repertoire that suits you well
  • Remove applause, stage entrances and exits, orchestra tuning and bows.
  • Think about the audiovisual quality of the excerpts & sound level



  • Application for the post implies unreserved acceptance of the conditions of these rules.
  • Depending on the calibre of the candidates, the jury may decide not to fill the position.
  • The final appointment of the selected candidate is subject to obtaining a visa and/or work permit in Switzerland, if applicable.


CHF 8,000 gross / month for 12 months




A maximum of four candidates will be selected on the basis of their application and video to participate in the final round of the competition on 11 March 2022 in Geneva.

The results of the pre-selection for the final round will be announced no later than 31st January 2022.

1) Video selection:

Two pieces of contrasting character of maximum 10 minutes/per piece with orchestra or small ensemble (minimum 9 musicians). The videos must be :

  • of good quality, with good visibility of the conductor
  • recorded after 31 December 2018
  • in a rehearsal situation or with an audience
  • accompanied by a short description (place, date, ensemble, work, etc.)


2) Final round with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande :

Friday 11th March 2022 in Geneva (9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.- 6.00 p.m.)

The works to be prepared will be communicated on 31st January 2022.


The jury for the video selection is composed of at least five people, including Jonathan Nott, Musical & Artistic Director, musicians from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and two experts from outside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

The jury for the final round is composed of the same jury as for the selection (the musicians of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are consulted and represented by at least two members of the OSR present on the video selection jury).



    For further information, please contact : 

    Guillaume Poupin, General Management Assistant :