Those who qualify for the 2013 Final will be accompanied by the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne conducted by Jésus López Cobos.

The Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (OCL)

Founded in 1942 by Victor Desarzens, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne has earned international renown for the city of Lausanne. The ensemble, a “Mannheim” formation, performs some 100 concerts a year under the artistic direction of Christian Zacharias. In residence at the Salle Métropole in Lausanne, the orchestra performs regularly at major concert halls throughout Switzerland, most notably on its yearly concert tour produced by Espace 2, the ensemble’s privileged partner since its beginning. The OCL also performs frequently abroad, such as at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Alte Oper in Frankfort, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as well as at festivals such as the BBC Proms in London, the International Festival in Edinburgh or the Folles Journées in Nantes and in Tokyo.

The Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne has been conducted by some of the greatest conductors: Ernest Ansermet, Günter Wand, Paul Hindemith, Frank Martin, Neeme Järvi, Jeffrey Tate, Heinz Holliger, Bertrand de Billy... It has collaborated with early music specialists such as Ton Koopman, Roger Norrington and Fabio Biondi for a number of years. During the course of its nearly 70 years of existence, the orchestra has been led by only five artistic directors: Victor Desarzens (1942-1973), Armin Jordan (1973-1985), Lawrence Foster (1985-1990), Jesús López Cobos (1990-2000) and Christian Zacharias (since 2000). In collaboration with the Lausanne Opera it also regularly performs in the orchestral pit every concert season.

As part of its mission to serve the public and attract young listeners, the orchestra offers a number of “discovery” concerts for families and schools every concert season. The OCL is also the first Swiss orchestra to engage a composer in residence (every two years). The ensemble has made over 250 recordings; since the arrival of Christian Zacharias it has collaborated with the German label MDG among others. Its recordings of Mozart’s piano concertos in particular have earned international praise from the press.

The OCL is subsidized by the city of Lausanne and the canton of Vaud and is a member of the Association of Professional Swiss Orchestras (ASOP). The majority of its concerts are recorded by Espace 2 and made available to the public for listening on request at its website
Jesús López Cobos

Born in Spain, Jesús López Cobos was awarded a PhD at the University of Madrid and a diploma in composition at the Conservatoire of Madrid. His studies in choral and orchestral conducting were completed at the Vienna Academy of Music. He won first prize in competitions in Besançon and Copenhagen (Nikolai Malko) and became symphonic director at the Prague Opera before assuming the role of Director of the Opera at La Fenice in Venice.

In 1971 he became « Generalmusikdirektor » of the Berlin Opera, where he remained until 1990. In 1975, he worked with the Philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles and London, remaining with the latter for six years as Principal Guest Conductor and touring to Japan and Spain.

With a career conducting many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, Vienna and Munich, the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Boston, Jesús López Cobos has participated in the most renowned international festivals, such as Edinburgh, Salzburg, Berlin, Prague, Lucerne, Montreux, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Hollywood Bowl, etc.

From 1990 to 2000, Jesús López Cobos was Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and, from 1986 to 2001, of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra becoming their lifelong Music Director Emeritus. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Responsable Artistique of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and patron of the Spanish National Orchestra between 1984 and 1988. From 2003 to 2010, he was Music Director at Teatro Real de Madrid and patron of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra with his own series of concerts.

Since the 2010-2011 season, he has been Principal Guest Conductor at the Galician Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia).

His many recordings with Philips, Decca, Virgin, Teldec, Telarc, Denon, Claves, Cascavelle, etc. include an exclusive series for Telarc with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra showcasing the works of Falla, Ravel, Bizet, Franck, Mahler, Respighi, Villa-Lobos, Chostakovich, among others. His most recent CD was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003. With the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, he recorded a cycle of Haydn symphonies for Denon and a series of Rossini operas for Teldec, of which The Barber of Seville and The Italian in Algiers have been edited.