The artistic director
Choose the programming, train the choristers, animate the weekly rehearsals such as work weekends, perform the orchestral accompaniment on the piano, plan the rehearsals with the orchestras, prepare the latter, direct the concerts, give a line of development and an identity to the choir, maintaining relations with institutional partners and professional musicians by promoting young talents, collaborating with the committee for administrative management and concert preparation, these are the tasks that require a bundle of skills and permanent dialogue.
Born in Annecy, Matthieu Schweyer took over the direction of the Orphée Vocal Ensemble in 2002. Since then he has conducted Cherubini’s Requiem, Brahms’ Chant du Destin, Dvořák’s Mass in D, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s Cantata WoO 87, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Saint John’s Passion (Bach), Fauré and Schumann’s Requiem, Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Mass in B (Bach ), Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Beethoven’s Fantasy op.80 and Hummel’s Mass op.111, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and the Miserere, Magnificat, Requiem in D by Zelenka, Gloria by Poulenc, the Psalms Symphony by Stravinsky, the Misatango by Palmeri, the Stabat Mater by Dvorak, the Requiem by Mozart, Joshua by Handel, the Creation by Haydn, the 9th Symphony by Beethoven the Carmina Burana and the Stabat Mater by Rossini.
After starting at the Conservatory of Music in Annecy where he obtained the Gold medals for cello and then for piano, Matthieu Schweyer continued his training with a concert diploma and a piano teaching diploma with Sébastien Risler at the higher conservatory of music from Geneva. At the same Conservatory, he also obtained Certificates in choral conducting (class of Michel Corboz), counterpoint, solfège and conducting. He holds a French state diploma in accompaniment and conducting.
Matthieu Schweyer is professor of artistic education coordinator of the keyboard department at the conservatory of Haut Bugey agglomeration, in France. In Geneva he directs the Ensemble Vocal Orphée. He divides his time between teaching and concerts, and performs regularly both on the conductor and on the piano, in recitals and in chamber music.