Just in: Ex-trombone is Munich’s next conductor

Just in: Ex-trombone is Munich’s next conductor


norman lebrecht

December 08, 2022

The Munich Symphony Orchestra has appointed Joseph Bastian as its music director from next summer.

Bastian, 41, was Principal Bass Trombone with Bavarian Radio in Munich until February 2016 when Robin Ticciati fell sick and he rose from the ranks to take over three concerts.

Since then he has switched bone permanently for baton as Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne in France, and of the Asian Youth Orchestra.

Bastian who is French-Swiss, lives in Munich with his wife, the soprano, Lydia Teuscher, and their two children.

photo: Andrej Grilc/Knight Classical


  • Hayne says:

    Yearly liver checks, please…

  • Andrew Powell says:

    Lydia Teuscher sang some impressive Mozart and Mendelssohn (the extended and tricky ‘Infelice’) here in June with the BRSO.

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Very big surpise to take someone young not famous.

  • alexis piantedoux says:

    a very good deal for the orchestra, he’s a fine conductor

  • Julien says:

    Misunderstanding for some people. It’s Munich Symphony Orchestra, not Philharmonic. Not the same category.