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Sébastien Brugière

Sébastien Brugière

From 2008 to 2017, Sébastien Brugière was chief conductor of the Orchestra and Choir of the University of Geneva. He conducted a broad symphonic and oratorio repertoire in Geneva's most prestigious venues and in France and Belgium. Moreover, he founded in 2013 the Chamber Choir of the University of Geneva, with which he has been conducting a various and demanding repertoire, especially a cappella.

Since 2014, he has been chief conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Versoix and of the Instrumental Ensemble of Rolle, two orchestras based in Switzerland composed of amateur musicians supervised by professionals, mainly devoted to chamber and choral-orchestral repertoire.

For more than twelve years now, Sébastien Brugière has been conducting many orchestras all over Europe (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic) and Russia, such as the Polish Philharmonic Sinfonia Baltica, the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet, The Saint Petersburg Youth Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, the Orchestre d'harmonie de la Police de Paris, the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Duna Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian State Opera Ruse, the Ensemble Philharmonique de Genève, the Nouvel Orchestre de Genève, the Ensemble Baroque du Léman, the Ensemble Court-circuit, the Rundfunkchor Berlin. His most recent collaborations as a guest conductor feature the Saint Petersburg Youth Orchestra and the Polish Philharmonic Sinfonia Baltica.

In opera repertoire, he conducted Faust (Gounod), La Traviata, La Bohème et Le Villi (Puccini), Die Entführung aus dem Serail, le Verfügbar aux Enfers (Tillon) and Carmen

As a professional violinist, he played with many orchestras, including the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon (over sixty performances between 2002 and 2010), the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Symphonisches Orchester Zürich, the Swiss Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre d'Auvergne, the court-circuit Ensemble, and “The Geneva Soloists” (with Daniel Grosgurin, Valery Oistrakh and Robert Zimansky), under the baton of internationally renowned conductors such as Ivan Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Emmanuel Krivine, Marc Minkowski, William Christie, Michel Corboz, Kazushi Ono, Evelino Pido, Kirill Petrenko, Gerard Korsten, Sergiu Commissiona, Nello Santi and Gerd Albrecht. With these orchestras, he performed in France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Scotland, Monaco, Greece, Canada and China.

Sébastien Brugière graduated from the Geneva High School of Music with a Master of Arts in Orchestral Conducting with Laurent Gay. Assistant of Thierry Fischer in 2008, he also studied conducting with Jorma Panula, Jean Deroyer, Norbert Baxa, Alexander Myrat and Patrick Davin, and received valuable advice from Mark Minkovski, Simon Halsey and Pierre Boulez. He also graduated with a MA in Solo Violin Performance (prof. Margarita Karafilova), a MA in Music Pedagogy, a degree in choral conducting (prof. Michel-Marc Gervais and Celso Antunes), a degree in chamber music with Gábor Takács-Nagy and a degree in orchestration with Nicolas Bacri.