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artist in residence

SEASON 2022-23

Marc Perrenoud

In trio, solo or with the group Aksham, Marc Perrenoud has shown that he is more than a virtuoso pianist, he is a composer never short of ideas, skilled in varying introspective landscapes, dynamics and colours - Télérama

Marc Perrenoud is a renowned jazz pianist and the co-founder and artistic director of the Les Athénéennes festival in Geneva. Together with Marco Mueller, double bass, and Cyril Regamey, drums, they have performed over 500 concerts in more than 60 countries. He also created and co-leads his new quintet, Aksham, with French trumpeter David Enhco and Albanian singer Elina Duni. Their first record was released in February 2019 on the French label NOME. He teaches at the Haute école de musique in Geneva.  

Born in 1981 in Berlin, Marc Perrenoud started playing the piano at the age of six. He studied first in Zurich, then at the Conservatoire de Lausanne (HEMU) from where he graduated in 2004. He has won numerous several competitions, including the Montreux Jazz Chrysler Award in 2003, the Friedl Wald Scholarship, Zurich in 2005, and the prize for best soloist at the International Jazz Festival in Bern in 2006. He was also a finalist of the International Jazz Competition at La Défense, Paris, in 2006. In 2010 he won the ZKB Jazz Prize with the Marc Perrenoud Trio.

Whether solo, in a trio or with the group Aksham, Marc Perrenoud plays with several formations and performs in many concert halls and festivals around the world such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Snug Harbor, Ronnie Scott's, the London Jazz Festival, the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival and Jazz in Marciac. He also has also performed in the major Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou), Hong Kong, and Taipei, Taiwan.

Upcoming concerts

Claude Debussy

Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra B flat major

Duke Ellington

'New World A-Comin', for piano and orchestra

Richard Strauss

Don Quichotte, tone poem op. 35

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Marc Perrenoud

Tribute to Chick Corea feat. OSR

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Morton Gould

Tap Dance Concerto

Marc Perrenoud

Concerto for jazz piano and orchestra (Comissioned by the OSR - world première )

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Artists in Residence

Previous Seasons

Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the greatest violinists of his generation. He has performed with all the world's great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he made his debut in 1985 with Daniel Barenboim; the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he first played in 1983 with Lorin Maazel in Salzburg; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all the London orchestras, and all the major American orchestras.

Frank Peter Zimmermann is a regular guest at all the major music festivals, including the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals. With Antoine Tamestit, viola, and Christian Poltéra, cello, he founded the Zimmermann Trio. In recent seasons he has given recitals with the pianist Martin Helmchen.

For more details, please see our concert archive on the French version of the site.

Despite the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had the pleasure of hearing the talented Francesco Piemontesi throughout the 2020-21 season. In addition to his residency at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, he was also invited to the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony with Lahav Shani, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, as well as many American orchestras.

Piemontesi opened the first ever OSR Festival at Genève-Plage with Jonathan Nott in a performance of Ravel's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major. The two artists then joined forces for a streaming performance of Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques and a second performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto. Finally, Arnold Schoenberg's Piano Concerto is added to these two works, which will be the subject of a Pentatone recording to be released in 2022.

Francesco Piemontesi has also performed with conductors Daniel Harding and Manfred Honeck. For more details, please see our concert archive on the French version of the site.

The OSR's first composer in residence: Season 2019-20

Yann Robin is one of those rare contemporary composers who seems to conceive their creation (however intense, demanding, enigmatic it may be) as a privileged occasion to communicate with the public. After having already completed a three-year residency with the Orchestre National de Lille, he was hosted by the OSR for the 2019-20 season, creating the opportunity for the public to join him in discovering works charged with telluric energy and a profound sonorous poetry.

As the OSR's first composer-in-residence, Yann Robin delivered two of his works during the season, before arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic. He seeks to push the limits of technique to create new sonorities, inducing new sensations in the listener.

Works by Yann Robin performed by the OSR :

Quarks, for cello and large orchestra (Swiss creation)

Vertigo, for solo double bass