Simon Gaudenz, Conductor


Simon Gaudenz is Music Director Designate of Jena Philharmonic Orchestra. During recent years he has made a name for himself particularly as an interpreter of the classical repertoire. A fresh, new approach against the background of historically informed performance practice characterizes his concerts and recordings. In keeping with this philosophy, he is currently forming and shaping the musical profile of the Hamburg Camerata and was celebrating the 30 years anniversary season of this chamber orchestra looking back on a rich performance tradition.

Ever since his triumphs at two prestigious competitions, including the German Conducting Price, Europe's most highly remunerated prize of its kind, Gaudenz has performed as an internationally sought-after guest conductor with numerous renowned orchestras. The list includes the Symphony Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre National de France, WDR Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Russian National Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart and Saarbrücken Radio Orchestras, Monte-Carlo, Lyon and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestras and Bavarian State Orchestra.

He engages in enthusiastic collaboration with soloists such as Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Barbara Bonney, Renaud Capucon, Arabella Steinbacher, Sabine Meyer, Lauma Skride, Lise de la Salle, Martin Stadtfeld, Marianna Shirinyan, Julian Steckel and many others.

From 2004 to 2011 he successfully conducted the Collegium Musicum Basel serving as its artistic director and principal conductor. Prior to this time he was a founding member of the camerata variabile basel and this ensemble's artistic director until 2004. It was during this tenure as the principal guest conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra that he realized recordings of Mozart piano concertos and Schumann's complete symphonies.


Simon Gaudenz's appearance in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

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Collegium Musicum dazzled audience under chief conductor Simon Gaudenz
Basellandscaftliche Zeitung
Mon, 2007-01-22
The progress is astounding and clearly audible. Spoken by Collegium Musicum Basel. The orchestra presented itself on Saturday evening in specious form, which the audience acknowledged with prolonged applause. It was a pleasure to experience how Simon Gaudenz with his clear conducting carefully let the many layered world of sound in Wagner's Siegfried Idyll develop and flow.
Praise to Gaudenz
Aargauer Zeitung
Mon, 2007-01-22
The youthful and lively concuctor Simon Gaudenz and his orchestra deserve the highest praise for the interpretation of Beethoven's 7. Symphony. The dancing character which marks the whole work, was emphasized by the peculiar charm given the closely linked passages In addition there was a rhythmic and dynamic quality, which is rarely heard.
Sensitive Simon Gaudenz
Zürcher Oberländer Zeitung
Mon, 2006-12-11
The racing finale - interrupted by fits of luxury showed a wonderful agreement between soloist and orchestra. The sensitive conductor Simon Gaudenz contributed greatly, leading Collegium Musicum's strings and winds along as though by a secret spell.
Conducting Competitions
Basellandschftliche Zeitung
Tue, 2006-04-11
Under the ambitious and efficient conducting of Simon Gaudens there developed a first-rate playful and enlightening interpretation. The Vivace in 2 movement was clawssical with a beautiful sound and the 3 movement was attentively and feelingly played, and the Finale was fresh and temperamental, The audience were unsparing in their applause.
Expressive conductor
Tue, 2005-01-25
The orchestra was in the last two movements lead by lefthanded Simon Gaudenz to sing in abundance. The confident controlled with feeling for the musical lines and dynamic developments. Under his precise and expressive hands the music can breathe and flow and the ear can enjoy.
Landbote Winterthur
Mon, 2005-05-30
As soon as he lifted his arms to give the cellists the intimate cue for the Introduction to Tristan and Isolde one became aware of his suggestive forcefulness.
A pleasure
Aargauer Zeitung
Mon, 2004-10-18
Only this: a pleasure. For the first time in its 30 year history in the Fricktaler Bühne performed this operetta. Yes, one must be allowed to say; This performance is a pleasure. Exceptional both musically and in atmosphere. The orchestra, in the premiere under the exact and subtile leadership of Simon Gaudenz, started out with a gush; with elegance and class, temperamental in the ouverture and intermezzi, and fully supportive in the arias and Lieder.
Fresh and Playful
Thu, 2010-01-21
'In Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings the conductor Simon Gaudenz united the soloists and orchestra and their performance of the work gripped my soul. The eagerly applauding audience shouted bravo. ' 'Simon Gaudenz succeeded in giving Haydn's Symphony no. 8 the tempo and freshness which is characteristic for Haydn's early symphonies. The orchestra's performance was playful, transparent and enchanting. The evening ended with Dvorak: Symphony no. 8 which clearly portrays the composer's influence by folk music. Gaudenz let his imagination go and artistic freedom both regarding dynamics and lines in the music was recurrent throughout the whole symphony.'
Refreshing Sound
Fyens Stiftstidende
Sat, 2011-09-10
When two so gifted musicians as Simon Gaudenz and Marianna Shirinyan get together great art arises from their collaboration. Gaudenz had a wonderful ear for all the soloists lovely details in Beethoven's first concerto, and the performance became the diverting dialogue and the equality which was Beethoven's intention. Schumann's second symphony was also on the programme. There is much romantic wildness in three of the movements, restless themes, clear rhythms and violent tempi. But with Gaudenz' overview, understanding of details and insisting that the sections listen to each other and use each other had a refreshing effect. The second movement was a different experience, with stringency and fervour, but without exaggerated romantic pathos.
The Lightness and Weight in Music
Fyens Stifsttidende
Sat, 2012-01-28
Again one of those evenings, where one as listener feels privileged. The orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor Simon Gaudenz did again show his personal strenght in this evening's repertoire. He had opted for the optional seating of the orchestra with second violins in front and cellos and double basses behind the first violins. It gave the possibility of a more open orchestral sound in Schubert's 9th. Symphony. The highlight for me was the thirds movement where Gaudenz showed his never failing ability to create a flow and a whole in this complicated movement. It is as though Schubert in this symphony, composed shortly before his death, wanted to do everything and was in many ways ahead of his time with an almost late romantic weight. This was finely displayed in the performance. Mikael Krarup
Folk Songs and Wedding Music
Fyens Stifsttidende
Sat, 2012-04-28
After the intermission we were wonderfully entertained with Mozart's "Haffner Serenade". It was composed for a wedding in the Haffner family by the 20 year old composer. Eight movements as background music, probably interrupted by speeches, eating, flirting and fun. Gaudenz used this structure to in between the movements to inform about the music, entertain with anectdotes and praise Mozart's genius. A surprising but fine idea, as there is not a great dynamic connection in the serenade.
Kristeligt Dagblad
Tue, 2012-05-01
The orchestra's principal conductor Swiss 37 year old Simon Gaudenz led the orchestra through the both sweet and brilliant Haffner Serenade. He quickly showed he has the right feeling for Mozart. He gave the movements quick and light tempi and throughout he took a pleasureable and refreshing command over the orchestra. Peter Dürrfeld
For Bartok Lovers
Tue, 2012-04-17
It is true, as remarked in the programme, that Bartók is far too seldom played by the orchestras. So much the better that we had occasion to hear two pieces by Bartók played by South Jutland Symphony Orchestra. With Simon Gaudenz  winner of several international competitions for conductors  on the podium and the Swedish pianist Niklas Sivelöv - who has received several distinctions for his recordings  at the piano, we heard Hugarian Sketches and Bartóks Piano Concerto no. 3.  Soloist, conductor and the orchestra received raving applause for their lively and musically perfect interpretation.  The second half of the concert was devoted to Beethovens Symphony no. 4. With Simon Gaudenz at his best the musicians struck the nerve in this heated work sandwiched between Eroica and the Fifth Symphony perfectly. This brilliant performance fully deserved the vigorous applause. The lovely programme of Bartok and Beethoven suitably underlined the orchestras motto for the season: A Celebration of Diversity. Jens Uwe Jessen
Magical Evening
Fyens Stiftstidende
Sat, 2013-04-20
.."Swiss Simon Gaudenz who has been principal guest conductor for three years in Odense has a wonderful Pinocchio atmosphere around him. His curly hair and energetic conducting technique is a great pleasure to watch. The finishing Schumann Symphony - number four - is shaped as a struggle and fight between trolls and other fairytale like figures. The sentimental, refined, thundering and quiet temperament are unfolded. Although Odense Symphony Orchestra is in great shape one feels that on an evening like this, both conductor and orchestra are standing on toes in eagerness to give their best. And it works!"
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto - Schubert: Symphony No. 5
Karin Dornbusch, Collegium Musicum Basel Conductor: Simon Gaudenz Label: Genuin
Elgar: Concerto pour violoncelle, op.85: Lento Allegro molto
Orchestre De Chambre De Genève, István Várdai Conductor: Simon Gaudenz Label: Ysaye Records
Deutscher Dirigentenpreis 2009
Stravinsky Suite “L’oiseau de feu” Strauss, Tchaikovsky a.o. Konzerthausorchester Berlin Conductor: Simon Gaudenz Label: Kulturkommunikation
Debussy - Chausson - Wieniawski
Debussy Children's Corner Chausson Poème Wieniawski Faust Fantasie Malwina Sosnowski, Violin Collegium Musicum Basel Conductor: Simon Gaudenz Label: AMOS
Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 11 + 20 + 21 Vassily Primakov, Piano Odense Symphony Orchestra Simon Gaudenz, Conductor Label: BRIDGE
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 Brahms, Beethoven a.o. Lorenzo Soulès, Piano Orchestre de Chambre de Genève Simon Gaudenz, Conductor Label: Nascor
Schumann The Symphonies Odense Symphony Orchestra Simon Gaudenz, Conductor
Dvorak Cello Concerto Sebastian Klinger, Cello Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Simon Gaudenz, Conductor Label: Oehms
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Photo: Lucian Hunziker

Photo: Lucian Hunziker

Photo: Lucian Hunziker

Photo: Lucian Hunziker