Zurich University of the Arts14.07.2023 – 22.07.2023
Professor Nicolás Pasquet was born in Montevideo, Uruguay where he studied Violin and Conducting at the State Music Academy. Later he completed his studies at the Music Academy in Stuttgart and Nürnberg, Germany.
In 1984 and 1986, he won the National Selection for Young Conductors of the German Council of Music, and in 1987, Mr. Pasquet was the Winner of the First Prize at the 37th International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France.
From then on, Nicolás Pasquet has been working with several renowned German and foreign Orchestras. he has led several international concert tours to Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, South America (Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia), USA, Australia, South Korea, and Namibia, and several countries of the South East Asia.
In 1993 he became Chief Conductor at the Symphony Orchestra of Pécs, Hungary with which he led concert tours in Germany and Switzerland, along with the regular concert series in Pécs and Budapest. Pécs Symphony under the baton of Pasquet also recorded the complete series of the Symphonic Works by the Hungarian composer Lászlo Lajtha for the label Marco Polo (total of 7 CDs). In 1998, honouring Mr. Pasquet’s support, promotion, and performing of Hungarian music, he was awarded the Béla Bartók/Ditta Pásztory Prize and the Lászlo-Lajtha Prize in Budapest.
Following that appointment, Prof. Nicolás Pasquet was Chief Conductor at the Philharmonic Orchestra in Neubrandenburg, Germany (Neubrandenburger Philharmonie), where he conducted concerts, concert tours in Germany and abroad, and several CD recordings. There also was a regular co-operation with the Deutschlandfunk Köln (National Broadcasting) and the Deutschland Radio Berlin (National Broadcasting).
Nicolás Pasquet was also Chief Conductor at the Coburg State Theater Orchestra, where he was responsible for the concert series. Since then, he has had a close relationship with this Bavarian Orchestra.
Mr. Pasquet has recorded (and continues so) a large discography for the labels Marco Polo, Naxos, and Beyer. His last production was the recording of Pierre Rode’s complete works for violin and orchestra with the violinist Friedemann Eichhorn and mainly the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1994 Nicolás Pasquet was appointed Professor in Conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar, Germany where he coaches an international conducting course and serves as Chief Conductor of the symphonic orchestra. He also has led master courses in Spain, Austria, Brazil, Great Britain, and Czech Republic. He is a member of several national and international competition juries.
Prof. Pasquet works intensely with youth and student orchestras, such as the Baden-Württemberg, Bavarian Youth Orchestra, and Hessen State Youth Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Belvedere in Weimar (with which he was two times Winner of the 1st Prize at the German Youth Orchestras Competition), and the Interregional Youth Orchestra Baden-Württemberg/Ochsenhausen (IRO), which gathers young musicians from 10 countries every summer. He has conducted the South-East Asian Youth Chamber Orchestra, which gathers young musicians of several countries of the region, having its base of work in the Mahidol University, Salaya/Bangkok (Thailand), and the OJCA, the Central-American and Caribbean Youth Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Nicolás Pasquet is Chief Conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the state of Hesse, Germany (LJSO Hessen).