The first Geneva International Tuba Competition will take place at the Studio Ernest Ansermet, in partnership with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève who will accompany the three finalists of the International Tuba Competition under the direction of the conductor Bastien STIL.
The Geneva Chamber Orchestra did not come by its name by chance: ever since its founding in 1992, the Orchestra’s home town of Geneva has been an integral part of its identity.
Seeking to reflect the specificities of its 38 musicians, every season’s programme is built around a special theme. Preference is given to the classical and early romantic periods, but not without the occasional excursion into the late 19th century.
The baroque repertoire likewise has its place, without being limited to arrangements for small ensembles. Contemporary chamber music is judiciously incorporated into the GCO’s programmes, care being taken to ensure that it forms a coherent whole with the other works performed on any given evening.
A very modern artist, of multiple facets, Bastien Stil has very quickly become a conductor in demand for symphonic and lyrical repertoire both in France and abroad.
During the 2018/2019 season Bastien Stil made his debuts directing the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, the Porto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Regional de Normandie and the Craiova Symphony Orchestra (Romania), he also returned to conduct the Opera de Rouen Normandie.
The 2017/18 season saw him make his debut directing the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Orchestre National de Lille, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Babelsberg Filmorchester, the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Lamoureux whilst also returning to conduct the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine and the Brno Philharmonic on several occasions. He also directed the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Polish National Radio Orchestra and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
These concerts, performed in the most prestigious European concert halls (London Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus Wien, Palais Garnier de Monte Carlo….) were broadcast on screens across Europe. (BBC, CZ TV, Arte, France TV, Mezzo, Radio France…)
He also has numerous recordings to his name, notably conducting the National Orchestra of Ukraine (Shostakovich 1st symphony – Tchesnokov Violin Concerto, soloist: Sarah Nemtanu/Klarthe Records 2018), the Ensemble Intercontemporain (“The Forgotten City” by David Hurry, Siemens Foundation Prize 2017) and the Opera de Rouen Normandie (Die Entführung aus dem Sérail: ouverture and airs, NoMadMusic 2018).
Bastien Stil began in music by learning the piano in Rouen with Pierre Duvauchelle (a pupil of Marguerite Long and Marcel Dupré), which he added to by studying brass (trombone, tuba), composition, analysis, history of music and orchestral direction (S.Billard, C.Levacher). Gaining a place to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM), he was awarded the highest distinctions in all subjects in 2001 and went on to study with Neil Thomson (Royal College of Music) and John Farrer (USA). He studied the lyric repertoire in parallel at the Opera de Rouen-Normandie as the assistant of Antony Hermus.
In 2018, Bastien Stil was a laureate of the 1st International conducting competition in Bucharest.