Biography

Swiss conductor Emmanuel Siffert is at the moment Principal Conductor at the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico..
He has been Principal Conductor of the San Juan Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, European Chamber Opera, London; Swiss Chamber Orchestra, Aosta Symphony Orchestra, Italy and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador.
As a Ballet-Conductor, he worked with the English National Ballet, Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, among others.
 
 
Other orchestras which Emmanuel has conducted include the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, London Mozart Players, Rundfunksinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, Bucharest Philharmonic “George Enesco” Mexico City Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Armenian Philharmonic, Plzen Operahouse Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic, Spain; Slowenische Philharmonie, Volgograd Philharmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchester, Symphonieorchester St. Gallen, Lutoslawski Philharmonie, Wroclaw; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano; Berner Symphonieprchester, Rubinstein Philharmony, Lodz; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Bulgarian Symphony, Aguascalientes Symphony, Michoacán Symphony and Jalapa Symphony in Mexico; Peru National Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Philharmonic, Uruguay; Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
 
Emmanuel has a wide discography; has released several recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra, Swiss Chamber Orchestra, and Aosta Symphony. His radio recordings include Rundfunksinfonieorchester Saarbrücken (live), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (live and studio recordings) and the Swiss Chamber Orchestra (live).
 
Emmanuel Siffert was assistant conductor at the St. Gallen Opera under John Neschling until 1997; in 1995 he acted in this capacity at the Opera Festival Avenches; in 1998 at the Grand Théâtre de Genève under Armin Jordan; in 2001 at the Teatro Lirico Di Cagliari under Rafael Frübeck de Burgos; and in 2001-2002 under Gerard Korsten. He was also assistant for “The Merry Widow” at the Lyon Opera house. Further opera work included work with “Opera Valle” in Italy since 2002, as well as the Nuremberg Opera, the Moldavian Opera in Chisinau, Opera Peru in Lima, Opera San Juan in Argentina.
He conducted two seasons for the English National Ballet (2003/4 and 2004/5). He also started working from 2011 with the Royal Ballet Covent Garden.
 
A number of special projects Emmanuel is involved in include rare Italian symphonies from the 18th century (edition of orchestral parts), and the recording and edition of scores of orchestral works by Swiss composers in collaboration with the record label VDE-GALLO and CLAVES and the music-department of the University in Lausanne.
Furthermore, he is also involved as a teacher of conducting (incl. Royal College of Music in London and the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing) and gives classes in opera scenes for singers in various summer academies, as well as regular Professor at the Institut of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
He was Music Director of the “Saturday Academy” of the Wales International Academy of Voice.  He is the creator of the Online Conducting Method www.approachtoconducting.com
Emmanuel won the conducting prize at the “Schweizerischen Tonkünstlenverein” in 1993 and again in 1995. He studied conducting under Horst Stein, Ralf Weikert, Joma Panula and Carlo Maria Giulini. Studied violin in Salzburg under Prof. Sandor Végh and performed as a violinist with the Camerata Academia Salzburg from 1989 to 1994.
For more information, please consult his website at www.emmanuelsiffert.com and www.approachtoconducting.com
 
Short Bio
Swiss conductor Emmanuel Siffert is at the moment Principal Conductor at the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. He was the Principal Conductor at the San Juan Symphony Orchestra in Argentina , Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Quito, Ecuador, the European Chamber Opera, London, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Aosta, Italy, and he conducted regulary ballets at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
As a Ballet-Conductor, he worked with the English National Ballet, Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Ballet St.-Gallen, National Ballet of Ecuador, among others.
 
Birth               November 1, 1967
Address        PO Box 1356
CH - 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland
 
Whatsapp     +41 76 377 17 90
Skypename  esiffert
Email           emmanuelsiffert@gmail.com
Website        www.emmanuelsiffert.com
Online conducting book: www.approachtoconducting.com
 
Current Position
2022               Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes, Mexico
2022               Guest Professor, Opera Repertoire, Instituto Superior de Arte, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
 
Past Positions
2014-2021    Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Orquesta Sinfónica de San Juan, Argentina
2013-2018    Resident Conductor, Free Opera Company, Zurich, Switzerland
2013-2017    Guest Conductor for Ballet, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
2012-2015    Principal Guest Conductor, Wales Concert Orchestra
2011-2015    Music Director, Wales International Academy of Voice, Saturday Academy
2007-2009    Principal Conductor, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, Quito
2000-2010    Principal Conductor, Swiss Chamber Orchestra
2000-2009    Principal Conductor, Orchestra Sinfonica Aosta, Italy
1998-2007    Principal Conductor, European Chamber Opera, London
  
Teaching-activity
2017-2022   Teacher for Opera-Repertoire Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón
2016-2022   Buenos Aires – Universidad Cattolica (UCA)
2017-2019   Royal College of Music (RCM) – London
2018           China Conservatory of Music – Beijing
2010-2021   Seminars and Masterclasses for Conducting (Quito, Porthcawl, Volgograd)
2008-2014   Coach for Opera-Ensemble in different International Summer Opera-Courses

Education
1983-1989   Violin, Universities of Fribourg and Basel (Bachelor + Phd)
1986-1989   Chamber music, University of Basel (PhD Degree)
1989-1990   Violin with Sandor Végh in Salzburg
1989-1993    Conducting with Edwald Körner, Horst Stein, Ralf Weikert (University of Bern – Study Certificates)
1993-1994    Conducting with Jorma Panula (Helsinki - Study Certificate)
1994-1995    Conducting with Carlo Maria Giulini (Milan - Study Certificate)
 
Honors and Awards
1993, 1995   Conducting Prize: Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein
 
Violin career
1990-1994   Violinist “Camerata Academica, Salzburg”
 
Assistant conductor
2006              Opéra de Lyon – Gérard Korsten
2001-2002   Teatro Lirico di Cagliari – Rafael Frübeck de Burgos/ Gérard Korsten
1998              Grand Théâtre de Genève – Armin Jordan
1995              Opera Festival Avenches
1995-1997   St.-Gallen Opera – John Neschling

Languages
Native             German, French
Fluent             Italian, English, Spanish
 
Guest, Opera Houses
2013-2018   Free Opera Company, Zürich
2015-2016   ISA – Instituto Superior de Arte – Teatro Colón – Buenos Aires
2012-2014   Opera Volgograd, Russia
2013            Opera-Festival La Perla, Zürich
2010-2013   Teatro Municipal – Lima, Peru
2005-2006   Teatro Nichelino – Torino, Italy
2008            Teatro Sucre – Quito, Ecuador
2002-2006   Moldavian National Opera, Chisinau
2002-2003   Städtische Bühnen, Nürnberg

Ballet
2022            National Ballet of Norway
2020            National Ballet of Ecuador
2013-2017   Ballet Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
2017-2019   Ballet San Juan, Argentina
2012-2013   Ballet Volgograd, Russia
2011-2012   Royal Ballet Covent Garden, London
2002-2003   English National Ballet, London
1997-1998   Ballet Theater St.-Gallen


CD’s
2019, 2021                      San Juan Symphony Orchestra – Argentina
2006, 2011, 2018, 2021   Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – London (Naxos)
2016                               Orchestre de l’Haute Ecole de Musique – Lausanne
2012                               Orquesta de la Provincia de Rosario
2001, 2003, 2009   Swiss Chamber Orchestra
2005, 2006, 2007   Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra
2002-2006             Orchestra Sinfonica, Aosta, Italy
2005                      Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
2005                      Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
2000                      National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa
1997                      Orchestra La Consorterie
1997                      Swiss Youth Chamber Orchestra
1994                      Orchestre de Chambre de Fribourg
 
 
Online book about Conducting.
www.approachtoconducting.com

Special projects
Orchestral works by Swiss Composers
(recording and musical-edition project, in collaboration with the VDE-GALLO label and the Music Department of the University in Lausanne)
 
Conducted Orchestras (professional contracts)
Philharmonia Orchestra, London
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London
Orchestra of the English National Ballet
London Mozart Players
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
 
Norsk Opera Orchestra - Oslo
National Symphony Orchestra of South-Africa
Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Armenien Philharmonic Orchestra
Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
  
Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria
Slowenische Philharmonie
Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra
Wiener Mozartorchester
Symphonieorchester St.-Gallen
 
Lutoslawski-Philharmonie Wroclaw
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano
Berner Symphonieorchester
Ensemble 2e2m, Paris
Plzen Opera-Orchestra
 
Chamber Orchestra Durres, Albania
Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra “George Enescu”
Nordböhmische Philharmonie Teplice
Basler Kammerorchester
Swiss Chamber Orchestra
 
Sudecka Philharmonie
Rubinstein Philharmony, Lodz
Orchestra Sinfonica Aosta
Dohnanyi Erno Symphony Orchestra Budapest
Orchestra  of European Chamber Opera
 
Nürnberger Philharmoniker
Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
European Union Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra of the National Opera of Chisinau
Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
 
Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Cairo Symphony Orchestra
Moldavian Radio-and Television-Orchestra
KwaZuluNatal Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban, South Africa
 
Ecuador National Symphonic Orchestra
Loja Symphony Orchestra, Ecuador
Orquesta Sinfonica Uncuyo, Mendoza, Argentinia
Orquesta Sinfonica Aguascalientes, México
Rundfunksinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
 
Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, Ecuador
Orquesta Cuidad de Lima, Perú
Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacan, México
Welsh Concert Orchestra
Orchestre de Chambre Fribourgeois
  
Yaquina Chamber Orchestra, Oregon
Montevideo Philharmonic, Uruguay
Asti Filarmonica, Italy
Perú National Symphony Orchestra
Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela
 
Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, México
Prag Concert Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra of the Opera Volgograd
Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio Filarmonia, Lima, Perú
Orquesta Sinfonica de Rosario, Argentina
 
Chamber Orchestra CHAARTS, Zürich
Orquesta Sinfonica di San Juan, Argentina
Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland
Orquesta Sinfonica Concepcion, Chile
Orquesta Sinfonica de Salta, Argentina
 
Sinfonisches Orchester Zürich
Fundacion Orquesta Sinfonica de Bogota
Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Argentina
Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires
Philharmonic Orchestra Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte
 
Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, Beirut
China National Symphony Orchestra, Beijing
Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
Guayacuil Symphony Orchestra, Ecuador
Orquesta Sinfonica de la Provincia de Rio Negro, Argentina
 
Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe – Argentina
Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Opera Orchestra, Vietnam
Orquesta Filarmonica de Chile
Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Turkey
Colombia National Symphony Orchestra
 
Orquesta Filarmonica de Mendoza, Argentina
National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Orquesta de Camera de Chile
Arequipa Symphony Orchestra, Peru
Orquesta Sinfonica Provinvial de Santa Fe, Argentina
 
National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay
Academia Stefano Tempia. Torino
 
Youth Orchestras
Orchestre du Conservatoire de Gennevilliers
Orchestra „La Consorterie“ – Aosta
Swiss Youth Chamber Orchestra
Landesjugend-Sinfonieorchester des Saarlandes
Orchestra of de Volgograd Music-Academy, Russia
 
Orquesta Filarmonica Juvenil de Guayaquil, Ecuador
National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay
Sinfonia por el Peru, Lima
Orchestra of the Royal College of Music, London
Orchestre de l’HEMU (Haute Ecole de Musique) – Lausanne, Switzerland
 
Orquesta Sinfonica Universidad Autonoma Aguascalientes, México
Orchestra of the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Orquesta Fest&Arts – Fundacion Zaldumvide – Quito, Ecuador
Orquesta de la Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador