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Hubert SOUDANT, conductor


Born in Maastricht, Hubert Soudant won numerous first prizes at several international competitions, such as International Conductors Competition of Karajan in Berlin,Competition of Cantelli in Milano, Concours International de Besançon.

Whether it is a concert or an opera, Hubert Soudant conducts the most prestigious European orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Rundfunk Orchestra ,the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Staatskapelle, the Orchestra of the "komische Oper" Berlin, K.B.S. Symphony Orchestra of Seoul, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, National Orchestra of Paris and a  great part of the Italian orchestras, such as Orchestra della  Scala di Milano, Santa Cecilia in Rome.

As an opera conductor he conducted operas almost all over the world – among others at the Théâtre de la Bastille and almost all Italian opera houses like Parma, Catania, Palermo, Trieste, Bologna, including the  Scala di Milano. He participates also prestigious international festivals, such as the Spring Festival of Prague, the Bruckner Festival of Linz, the Salzburg Festival, the Mozart Festival Salzburg, Wiener Festwochen, Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Spoleto Festival and Ravenna Festival.

Hubert Soudant was the principal guest conductor of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Music Director of Radio France Nouvelle Orchestre Philharmonique, Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and for the past 13 years for Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. Since September 2004, he is the Music Director of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Japan – this position will be extended position through August 2014.

At the Mozart Festival Salzburg 2003 he conducted “Cosi fan tutte” and at the Salzburg Festival “Jeanne D’arc au Bûcher” by Arthur Honegger. For the opening of the  Italian opera season 2006, he conducted “Don Giovanni” with Franco Zeffirelli as director. In April/May 2006, at the New National Theater in Tokyo he successfully conducted “Titus” which was selected to be the best opera performance of the year. At la Fenice in 2007, Hubert Soudant conducted “Erwartung” by Arnold Schönberg, which was received with greatest ovations. Hubert Soudant is to be regular guest of this opera house in the future. 

He recorded Tchaikovsky’s symphonies no. 4, 5 and 6, Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto as well as Liszt’sPiano concertos for which he received Grand Prix du disque from the Liszt Society in Budapest with London Philharmonic Orchestra for Pye Records.  Ravel Cantatas with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for Rizzoli Records, Compositions of French composers with French National Orchestra of Pays de la Loire for Forlan Records, Mozart Symphonies, Bruckner Symphonies no. 4 and 9, Beethoven piano Concertos no.1, 2, 3,4 and 5 with Valery Affanasiev and the Mozarteum Orchestra for Oehms Records.

In July 2004, Hubert Soudant was honoured by the city of Salzburg “The Ring of the city of Salzburg” for his outstanding achievements and with  the  “Golden Cross of Honour” from the region of Salzburg.

In March 2009, Hubert Soudant and The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra were awarded as “Best Concert Performance by Japanese Artist” at the 21st Music Pen Club Japan Awards which was given for the Schubert cycle during the 2008-09 season. This cycle was highly praised by numerous news papers and magazines such as “the most ripened fruit in 2008”, “exceptional well-balanced performance”.

His recording with The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s Symphony No.7, won Best Recording by Japanese Artist at the 22nd Music Pen Club Japan Awards announced on February 1st, 2010. His newest  recordings (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra) with  Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 &  No. 8, as well as Schumann’s complete Symphonies, have been hailed by the media.

Besides of his activities with his own orchestra in Japan, Hubert Soudant looks forward to a series of concerts with Europe’s most outstanding orchestras as well as to a series of International Festivals. 

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