Philippe Bach

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  • Chief Conductor, Berner Kammerorchester
  • Chief Conductor of Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden

Philippe Bach is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden in Chur, Switzerland and Chief Conductor of the Berner Kammerorchester. He was Music Director (GMD) at Das Meininger Theater from 2011 until 2021, and held the positions of First Kapellmeister and Deputy Music Director at Theater Lübeck from 2008-2011. A winner of the 2006 Jesús López-Cobos Conducting Competition, he was subsequently assistant to López-Cobos at the Teatro Real in Madrid from 2006-2008. He regularly performs as guest conductor with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Bern Symphony and has also conducted many European Orchestras, including the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Helsinki Philharmonic, Szczecin Philharmonic, Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice.

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During his long tenure in Meiningen, a city of exceptional music heritage, whose economy is centred around the Opera House, Philippe Bach conducted numerous opera productions building over the years a stage repertoire list of over 60 works and collaborating with directors such as Gerd Heinz (Tristan) and Rudolf Frey (Rosenkavalier). Notable productions included Die Meistersinger von Nüremberg, Rienzi, Das Liebesverbot, Die Zauberflöte, The Rape of Lucretia, Rigoletto, Le Grand Macabre, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne of Naxos and Katja Kabanova. In addition to the main repertoire, Bach’s interest in new music led him to explore the operas of composers such as Henze, Maxwell Davies, and develop a special relationship with the music of Thomas Adès (Tempest, Totentanz and Powder Her Face). An advocate of music from his native Switzerland, he re-introduced the operas of Othmar Schoeck to German audiences. He also introduced a significant number of new composers and premieres to the orchestra’s concert seasons.

Philippe Bach’s passion for bringing to the public lesser-known works has led him to build an impressive list of ‘Interesting and unusual works’, which he enjoys presenting in thematic programmes built around a well-known major work or composer, both with his orchestras and in his guest conducting engagements. It is also reflected in his recordings. In 2017, he recorded works by Schoeck with Patrick Demenga and the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana for the RSI. Teaming up with Itamar Zorman and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, he recorded Paul Ben-Haim works for violin and orchestra which was released on BIS in 2019 and highly praised.

Philippe Bach studied French horn at the Musikhochschule Bern and the Conservatoire de Genève, as well as orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule Zürich with Johannes Schlaefli, where he finished his studies with distinction. In 2005 he was the recipient of a fellowship from the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. From 2004-2006 he was Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Aude-Marie Auphan (Director)
Nicolas Papageorgiou (Director)


Beethoven – Symphony no.4
Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden, Jan 2021

Schumann – Symphony no.4 (excerpt)
Szczecin Philharmonic, Oct 2017

Trailer for ‘Powder Her Face’
(das Meininger Theater, 2016)

Trailer for ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’
(das Meininger Theater, 2016)




Useful links

Official website

Das Meininger Theater

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden

Berner Kammerorchester