Maestro Claude Villaret

Former Principal Guest Conductor, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

Former Principal Guest Conductor, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

Claude Villaret was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. His career as a conductor has taken him to leading music centers such as Berlin, Milan, Torino, Zurich, Salzburg, Buenos Aires, London, Prague, Athen, Vienna, Lucerne and Geneva in famous concert halls like Buenos Aires Teatro Colon, Tonhalle Zürich, Megaron Athen, KKL Lucern, Teatro Solis Montevideo, Smetana Hall Prague, Teatro Mayor Bogota, Sala Sao Paolo in Sao Paolo and other international venues with orchestras such as: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London (England) Berliner Symphoniker (Germany), Symphony Orchestra Zurich (Switzerland) , Nara Philharmonic (Japan) Wien Residenz Orchester (Vienna), Sinfônica Nacional (Brasil) Athen State Symphony Orchestra (Greece) Astana National State Orchestra (Kazakhstan) Orchestra I solisti di Milano (Italy) Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo (Uruguay), Orquesta Sinfônica da USP (Sao Paolo)

From 1998 to 2006 he was principal guest conductor of the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional (Brazil), during the seasons 2002 – 2004 permanent guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica UNT de Tucuman (Argentina). In 2004 he was appointed chief conductor/artistic director of the TKO Chamber Orchestra Thurgau (Switzerland), in 2005 he was also appointed a principal guest conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.

His recent conducting repertoire includes the operas, La Boheme, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore. In addition he enjoys he enjoys being innovative in conducting many first performances of both Swiss and foreign composers and realizing projects combining video installations with contemporary music.