Simon Gaudenz, Conductor


Distinctive, lively, versatile - three characteristics sum up Simon Gaudenz' unique musical

He has been Music Director of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018 and was able to have a lasting impact on the city's musical life already in the first few years of his work. Simon Gaudenz and his orchestra inspire with numerous new and innovative ideas, including the Mahler-Scartazzini-Cycle, a project that has attracted international attention and has brought the orchestra invitations to festivals and concerts throughout Europe.

As an internationally sought-after guest conductor, Simon Gaudenz conducts numerous renowned orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Russian National Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart and Saarbrücken, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Monte Carlo, Lyon and Luxembourg and the Bavarian State Orchestra.

Simon Gaudenz is performing at international festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Berliner Festwochen, the Thüringen Bach Festival, the Gustav-Mahler-Musikwochen Toblach, the Südtiroler Festspiele, the Carl Nielsen Festival and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.

He engages in enthusiastic collaboration with soloists such as Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Barbara Bonney, Veronika Eberle, Renaud Capucon, Arabella Steinbacher, Benjamin Appl, Sabine Meyer, Lauma Skride, Lise de la Salle, Lilya Zilberstein, Julian Steckel, Maximilian Hornung 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 highly acclaimed recordings of Mozart piano concertos and Schumann's complete symphonies. In 2012 he was appointed chief conductor of the Hamburg Camerata, a chamber orchestra rich in tradition, with which he performs regularly at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and continues to be associated as a guest conductor.

Highlights from his discography include the recording of symphonies by Haydn's contemporary Francois-Joseph Gossec, which was awarded the OPUS KLASSIK 2020. Further new releases with the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Odense Symphony Orchestra and the Jena Philharmonic with works by Mahler, Scartazzini, Spohr and Mendelssohn are to be expected in the near future.


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

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Carl Loewe -The Symphonies (Symphonies No. 1 and 2, Themisto Overture): Jenaer Philharmonie, conductor Simon Gaudenz, © 2022
Hugo Wolf - Penthesilea and Orchestral Songs: Benjamin Appl, Baritone, Jenaer Philharmonie, conductor Simon Gauden, © 2022
Francois-Joseph Gossec - Symphonien op.4: Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, conductor Simon Gaudenz, © 2019
Schumann - The Symphonies: Odense Symphony Orchestra, conductor Simon Gaudenz, © 2015
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