Simon Gaudenz is Music Director of Jena Philharmonic Orchestra. During recent years he has made a name for himself particularly as an interpreter of the classical repertoire. A fresh, new approach against the background of historically informed performance practice characterizes his concerts and recordings. In keeping with this philosophy, he is currently forming and shaping the musical profile of the Hamburg Camerata and was celebrating the 30 years anniversary season of this chamber orchestra looking back on a rich performance tradition.
Ever since his triumphs at two prestigious competitions, including the German Conducting Price, Europe's most highly remunerated prize of its kind, Gaudenz has performed as an internationally sought-after guest conductor with numerous renowned orchestras. The list includes the Symphony Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre National de France, WDR Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Russian National Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart and Saarbrücken Radio Orchestras, Monte-Carlo, Lyon and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestras and Bavarian State Orchestra.
He engages in enthusiastic collaboration with soloists such as Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Barbara Bonney, Renaud Capucon, Arabella Steinbacher, Sabine Meyer, Lauma Skride, Lise de la Salle, Martin Stadtfeld, Marianna Shirinyan, Julian Steckel and many others.
From 2004 to 2011 he successfully conducted the Collegium Musicum Basel serving as its artistic director and principal conductor. Prior to this time he was a founding member of the camerata variabile basel and this ensemble's artistic director until 2004. It was during this tenure as the principal guest conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra that he realized recordings of Mozart piano concertos and Schumann's complete symphonies.