Antoine Marguier, artistic director

In addition to his 20-year career as a conductor, Antoine Marguier is also Music Director & Co-founder of the United Nations Orchestra. On October 2nd, he led an historic farewell concert for Ban Ki-moon, with his guest violinist Maxim Vengerov. Other notable accompanied soloists have included Khatia Buniatishvili, Alexandra Conunova, Miloš Karadaglić, Camille and Julie Berthollet.

Marguier began his musical career as a solo clarinetist under the direction of Claudio Abbado in the Youth Orchestra of the European Union and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Armin Jordan hired him at age 23 as a clarinetist of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, a position he held for 17 years.

Passionate about conducting, he studied with James Levine, Kurt Masur and David Zinman, and became assistant to Jesus Lopez-Cobos at the French Youth Orchestra. In 2010, he won the competition to become Conductor-in-Residence of the Orchestre National de Lyon.

He has been a guest conductor at, among others, the philharmonic orchestras of Monte Carlo, Strasbourg, Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Symphonique de Mulhouse, Orchestre Lamoureux at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra de Marseille, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ensemble Contrechamps, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra in Seoul.

In Geneva, where he resides, he is also Professor of Chamber Music at the Haute École de Musique and Music Director of the Orchestre du Conservatoire, made up of professors and their best students. He is also Conductor and Music Director of the United Nations Orchestra, which he co-founded, and which is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2016.

In the world of opera, Antoine Marguier debuted as assistant conductor at the Grand Théâtre de Geneva in Manon and the Damnation of Faust, staged by Olivier Py. He then reprised a production of the Theatre de la Monnaie, “House of the Sleeping Beauties”. He frequently conducts opera productions at the Geneva Conservatory.

He is also Music Director of the Compagnie du Rossignol, which brings together on stage OSR soloists and actors. A full recording of their repertoire is in progress and will include three commissions given to contemporary composers.