“Nicolas Rauss: marvelous conducting”
Geneva's Le Courrier
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1960, Nicolas Rauss studied choir conducting with Michel Corboz and orchestra conducting with Arpad Gerecz at the Conservatory of Geneva, culminating his studies with the Orchestra Conducting First Prize in 1984. He attended several international courses such as those given by Rafael Kubelik in Lucerna, Ferdinand Leitner at Salzburg, Hiroyuki Iwaki at Hilversum, and completed his studies by Vladimir Delman in Parma, where he was semifinalist of the “Arturo Toscanini” competition in 1986.
Since 1983, he has been invited to several swiss festivals, such as the Lucerna, Lausanne, Sion's Tibor Varga festivals and the “Archiv Stravinski” festival organized by Paul Sacher in Basle.
In 1987, he was unanimously awarded the First Prize in the 6 th International Orchestra Conducting Competition “Gino Marinuzzi” of Sanremo.
In Switzerland, he has conducted the “Suisse Romande” Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Italian Switzerland Radio -Television Orchestra, and the Biel Symphony; in Italy, the Emilia-Romagna Symphony, the Sanremo Symphony ; in Germany, the Hof Symphony, the Schleswig-Holstein, Niedersachsen and Bavaria State Youth Orchestras (with the last of them he worked frequently since 1990); in the ex-Yugoslavia, the Macedonian Philharmonic ; in Georgia, the National Orchestra; in Brazil, the Sao Paolo Symphony (Teatro Municipal), and the Porto Alegre Symphony. In Uruguay he has been regularly conducting the SODRE Symphony and the Montevideo Philharmonic, since 1984. In Chile , he has conducted the Chile Symphony, and in Argentina , the Mendoza, San Juan, Rosario and Cordoba symphony orchestras.
In tandem with these activities, he occupied the position of Orchestra Conducting Professor at the Geneva Music Conservatory, between 1992 and 1994.
He has been the Chief Conductor of the Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra, in Argentina, for five seasons (2000 and 2004). The following operas, presented during this period, are to be highlighted: Orpheus and Eurydice, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, as well as concerts series as “The Philharmonic Journeys”, “Haydn and Mozart in America with Colonial Musicians”, or the Verdi's Requiem, at Mendoza's Greek Theater, attended by 12,000 people.
Nowadays, he is guest conductor by several south american orchestras, specially by he Chile Symphony and by the SODRE Symphony in Uruguay.
Bern's Der Bund (Switzerland) comments: “there is not a gesture he makes that is not immediately followed by an intentional reaction of the orchestra”. Montevideo's El País reads: “the clarity of his baton and the remarkable plastic sense evidenced in the movement of his arms when giving dynamic, character and phrasing instructions are as eloquent as precise.”