Pianist and conductor
Described by Maestro David Zinman as „a very talented musician, who has a much promising career lying ahead“, the young Swiss conductor and pianist Antoine Rebstein has already caught international attention.
He conducted major orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and performed in famous halls such as the Philharmonie Berlin and the St Petersburg State Capella Concert Hall.
Since October 2009, Antoine Rebstein is the principal conductor and artistic director of the Junges Orchester der Freien Universität Berlin. He co-founded the chamber orchestra Ensemble Cully Classique, which he conducted several times as their musical director in Switzerland and Germany. In 2016, Antoine Rebstein founded the Kammerensemble Berlin with which he explores the vast repertoire of orchestral chamber music and works closely with talented young soloists.
He was often invited to perform in Russia, for example with the St Petersburg State Capella, the Murmansk Philharmonia, the Russian Chamber Orchestra Kursk or the Philharmonia Tomsk. His subsequent concert tours in Russia were enthusiastically received by the press and public. Further tours are planned for 2017 and 2018.
In 2013, he gave his debut at the Verbier Festival with the Barber of Seville. The New Year’s concerts in Palermo in 2014, 2015 and 2016 were a great success with the public as well as the orchestra, additional concerts are planned for the coming season. In 2016, he was invited by the festival Va Jouer Dehors! to conduct the opera Ombra by Ugo Bottacchiari. In 2018-2019, he will be leading a pedagogic project around the opera The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, including three performances for the grand public.
In Berlin, he is dedicated to the promotion of young talented musicians: He conducted in the great hall of the Konzerthaus multiple operas and concerts in cooperation with the Komische Oper Berlin. He lead a CD recording of pieces by Kurt Schwaen and Hans Sandig for symphonic orchestra.
Antoine Rebstein started his career as a pianist, first with Christian Favre at the conservatory of Lausanne, then with Prof. Galina Iwanzowa at the Academy of Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, where he obtained his concert diploma with great success. Afterwards he furthered his pianistic and musical education with Prof. Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he additionally studied choir conducting.
He commenced orchestral conducting with Rolf Reuter, the former music director of the Komische Oper Berlin. In 2007 he was accepted to pursue his studies in the conducting class of Prof. Christian Ehwald at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, where he obtained his master in 2012.
He took part in masterclasses given by Jesus Lopez Cobos, Leonid Grin, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Ennio Nicotra and David Zinman.
As a pianist, he also regularly gave concerts in leading places such as Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebow in Amsterdam, Tonhalle in Zurich, Mozarteum in Salzburg or Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago and was invited by numerous orchestras and famous conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Yehudi Menuhin and David Zinman. In 2003, he gave his «Début» recital at the Lucerne Festival.
Antoine Rebstein is laureate of many international piano competitions and distinctions such as the Prix Leenards, Kiefer-Hablitzel Prize, Prix Migros and Prix de la Fondation Irène Dénéréaz, and is promoted by the Arts Global Foundation.
Furthermore, the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia supported him in recording a CD of two piano concertos of contemporary Swiss composers with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths.
In 2006, Antoine Rebstein recorded at Claves Record the CD «Piano Left Hand Recital» honoured by a 5-Diapason Award and which obtained enthusiastic international press reviews. In 2007, Televisione Svizzera Italiana produced a large portrait of him with a recital and a program of chamber music.