Sébastien Thomas Bagnoud
Sébastien Bagnoud conducts orchestras in Switzerland and Czech Republic for over a decade. He is also credited with founding a professional ensemble in Sion (CH) in 2012, the Sedunum String Orchestra SSO and in 2016 the association Opera Studio Praha (CZ) which has staged critically acclaimed shows. The latest, Časoplet, a comic opera created by the young Czech composer Lukas Sommer, on the occasion of 100 years of the Republic. In 2014 Sébastien Bagnoud was charged by the international festival Les Sommets du Classique in Crans-Montana (CH), with assembling and conducting its orchestra in residence. Sébastien Bagnoud made his opera debut in 2014 in Lausanne, in a production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. In 2015 he accepted a last-minute offer to replace the musical director in l’Opéra du Rhône in Valais (CH), production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell in Martigny. Since then, he was appointed conductor resident and mounted in 2017 Orpheus in the Underworld, The Barber of Seville in March 2020, and the next production will be Tosca in the Roman amphitheater in Martigny, in August 2022. From 2015 to 2017 he was also named the musical assistant conductor at the Plzeň opera J. K. Tyla (CZ). He regularly conducted the opera Onegin of Tchaikovsky and Der Freischütz of Weber. In August 2018, he was the musical assistant of Maestro John Fiore during the production of Carmen at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva. In September 2021, he made his debut with the National moravian-silesian theater in Ostrava, in the ballet the Corsaire.
Sébastien Bagnoud has had the opportunity to collaborate with the following orchestras: Palermo Giovanile Mediterranea Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia PKF, Akademičtí komorní sólisté AKS Prague, the Opera du Rhône Orchestra, The Collegium Magistrorum Mikulov, the Plzeň J. K. Tyla Opera Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, the Olomouc Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Valais VOC and the Orchestra of the Haute École de Musique of Lausanne. He has participated in many festivals such as: the Beirut Chants Festival in Lebanon, the Lebam Festival in Lebanon, the Sion Festival (CH), the Crans-Montana Classics Festival (CH), the festival Les Sommets du classique (CH), the Dny Bohuslava Martinů Festival (CZ), Festival Opera Praha (CZ)...
Sébastien Bagnoud holds a diploma in wind ensemble conducting at the Conservatoire of Fribourg, a Bachelor of Music and a Master in conducting orchestra from the Haute École de Musique of Lausanne (HEMU), also a professional diploma DAS in orchestra conducting at the Haute École de Musique of Berne (HKB), and finished in 2018 a second Master in orchestra and opera conducting at the Music Academy in Prague (HAMU). In July 2017, he won the Yuri Simonov Special Prize in the final of the International Conducting Competition “Audite”, in Radom, Poland.