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Phileas Baun


Phileas Baun studied classical guitar, early/contemporary music and conducting at the Musikhochschule Trossingen (Michael Hampel, Rolf Lislevand), the Royal Conservatory Den Haag (Zoran Dukic) and the Musikakademie Basel/Schola Cantorum Basilensis (Stephan Schmidt, Peter Croton, Rodolfo Fischer).

As a soloist, Phileas Baun is regularly invited by orchestras throughout Europe. In 2017 he played the premiere performance and cd production of the double concerto „A Due“ by german composer Jörg Iwer together with Prof. Michael Hampel and the Sinfonieorchester Villingen-Schwenningen. Performances of the „Concierto de Aranjuez“ by Joaquin Rodrigo include the „Kammerorchester Basel“ or the „Junge Sinfoniker Frankfurt“.

»[...]the audience was thrilled by the poetic, sometimes painfully dramatic homage and cheered the ambitious, multi-layered production with standing ovations.« (Südkurier)

Together with two soloists from the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Phileas Baun founded the "Alato Trio" in 2020. For the unique instrumentation of two female voices with guitar, a completely newly arranged repertoire was developed, which focuses on duets of the German Romantic period around the composers Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn. The current program around the composers Fanny Hensel and Clara Schumann was recorded in January 2023 in a radio production by Deutschlandfunk and subsequently included in the RIAS Chamber Choir's own CD series.

Phileas Baun has been intensively involved with an interdisciplinary approach in his artistic work for many years. The multimedia stage performances "DISORDER", "Homenaje - Hommage a Manuel de Falla" and "Come, Heavy Sleep" (premiere 2024 Theater am Ring Villingen) search for new forms of expression in the intersection between staged concert, music theater, opera and sound installation. The intensive examination in the field of interdisciplinary arts resulted in the project study program "Post Grad Indie" in 2021, which Phileas Baun conceived as a cooperation between the Hochschule für Musik and Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel and supervised in the academic year 2021/22.

»[...] this "multimedia stage event" became an unforgettable experience for all those who, in a disenchanted world, have retained a sense for poetry, for soulful, deep and often surprisingly new worlds of sound, as well as the ability to marvel and listen.« (Neckarquelle)

Phileas Baun is an active performer of contemporary and experimental music, both as a soloist and in chamber music. With „The Interstring Project“, an expertimental guitar ensemble founded in 2019, he has played numerous concerts in all over Europe (Berlin, Paris, Rotterdam, Valencia, Basel, Salzburg,, including premiere performances as well as own compositions. An important part of his work is the close collaboration with composers and institutions (IRCAM Paris, GMEM Marseille, ZKM Karlsruhe), continuously developing and expanding the guitar repertoire of the 21st century. Notable projects were premier performances at the Donaueschinger Musiktage (works by Sarah Nemtsov, Benjamin Dupé) as well as the performance „Moving Sounds“ with the contemporary juggler Jerome Thomas (using motion tracking juggling balls to convert movement into sound) in coproduction with the IRCAM Paris. Since 2021 Phileas Baun is curating and organizing the „Next Generation“ program of the Donaueschinger Musiktage.

Phileas Baun is the winner of numerous national and international music competitions, winner of the german Lions Music Prize 2019, scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Hirschmann Stiftung Luzern as well as the first guitarist ever to be awarded the main prize at the „Iris Marquardt Competition“, the department wide competition at the Musikhochschule Trossingen.

In 2021 Phileas Baun has been appointed to a teaching position at the University of Music Freiburg. Additionally he is regularly invited to hold lectures, workshops and masterclasses at leading institutions in Europe such as the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Musikhochschule Basel and the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiyv.

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