Nicolas Waldvogel was recently awarded First Prize by the National Opera Association, leading Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor. Active in opera and in the symphonic repertoires, both in Europe and in the United States, he has guest conducted the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande among others. His recent credits include a performance of Ives immense Fourth Symphony, Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Bach’s B-minor Mass, and the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos. This season, he will be conducting all the seven Sibelius symphonies with the State Philharmonic “Dinu Lipatti.”

After obtaining a Ph. D. in Music History from Yale University, Nicolas Waldvogel was invited to the Tanglewood Festival as a Conducting Fellow. His teachers included Gustav Meier, John Nelson and Seiji Ozawa. He assisted Horst Stein at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, for a production of Wagner’s Ring der Nibelungen. He then led the Family Concerts of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and with Alan Gilbert - with whom he has worked extensively. He is currently guest conductor of the State Philharmonic “Dinu Lipatti” and Director of the Conservatory Orchestra at the University of the Pacific.