conductor in residence
The Fondation de l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is delighted to announce that Daniel Harding will take up the position of Conductor in Residence for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The residency allows for the development of an exciting new concert programme with the orchestra, as well as recording projects.
Harding's collaboration with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande began in September 2020, when he was hired to conduct at short notice and with great success! At the time of writing, Daniel Harding is recording two discs with the OSR, including the violin concertos by J. Sibelius and S. Barber with violinist Renaud Capuçon.
Future projects include programming Shakespeare's works set to music (the symphonic programme of the disc recorded includes the "Scène d'Amour" from Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet), recording audiovisual productions in parallel with the concert programme, and giving concerts outside of Switzerland as part of the OSR's international tours.
Charlotte de Senarclens, President, Jonathan Nott, Music and Artistic Director, and Steve Roger, General Manager, are delighted with this exceptional collaboration between the musicians of the OSR and Daniel Harding.
"It was an unexpected pleasure to get to know the OSR during these last months.
I am grateful to my friend Maria-João Pires for having asked me to come and work with her and them. That was the beginning of a special friendship with the musicians of the OSR, which we will celebrate and develop over the next 2 years.
When Steve Roger and his team proposed to me some irresistible musical and thematic ideas I was hooked immediately. I look forward to spending more time with this orchestra, and enjoying their unique and gorgeous musical personality."
Daniel Harding, November 2020
Daniel Harding is the Musical and Artistic Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and celebrated his 10th anniversary in this position in 2017. He has also been named Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, an orchestra with which he has worked for over 20 years.
During the 2014-15 season, he conceived and organised the acclaimed Interplay festival, together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, which features inspiring lectures and a series of concerts involving artists, academics, scientists and philosophers.
A renowned opera conductor, he has led critically acclaimed productions at La Scala in Milan, the Theater an der Wien, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House and at the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg festivals. He continues to work regularly with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the London Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016 he was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and in 2018 Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival. Daniel Harding is also a qualified airline pilot.
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
Sat 28 10 h 30 Salle Marie Laggé
Sat 28 16 h 00 Salle Marie Laggé
Wed 01 19 h 30 Victoria Hall
Thu 02 20 h 15 Salle Métropole
Thu 09 18 h 00 Festival l'Usine Sonore
Festival l'Usine Sonore
Linda Bärlund | Clémentine Leblanc | Stéphane Gontiès | Gabriel Esteban | Matteo de Luca