OLIVIER ANTHONY THEURILLAT
The 45th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference
6.01.21 – 6.05.21
Olivier Anthony Theurillat
Session: Roger Delmotte – Une passion pour la musique
Olivier Anthony Theurillat is a Swiss trumpeter and conductor.
In addition to his general studies, he attended La Chaux-de-Fonds Conservatoire under Patrick Lehmann, graduating in 1991. Additional studies took place at the Versailles Conservatoire (1991-92 under Roger Delmotte), Paris Conservatoire CNSM (1992-95 under Antoine Curé) and The Juilliard School (1995-96 under Raymond Mase). While principal trumpet of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (1996-2002), he studied orchestral conducting at the “Haute Ecole de Musique” of Geneva, achieved with a Master degree in 2003.
Theurillat has won prizes at numerous trumpet solo competitions including those in Munich (ARD), Geneva (CIEM), Albert (Maurice André International Competition), Paris (Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship) and USA (National Trumpet Competition). He has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe and the United States performing more than thirty different solo works with such ensembles as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Suisse Romande Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Virtuosi di Praga, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre Symphonique Français, Festival Strings Lucerne, Camerata Schweiz, Collegium Musicum Basel, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Also an active performer working with composers, Theurillat has premiered new pieces written by Jean Balissat, Emile de Ceuninck, Arturo Corrales, Xavier Dayer, Richard Dubugnon, Vivian Fung, Jacques Henry, Horatiu Radulescu, Jean-Claude Schlaepfer (CD recording of his work “Ascensus”, for trumpet and low strings, with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert), Julien-François Zbinden. Jazz trained in the Paris Conservatoire, he has worked/performed with jazz artists like pianists Thierry Lang and Antoine Hervé, vibraphonist Franck Tortiller, saxophonist Daniel Schnyder and bassist Heiri Känzig.
He has appeared as guest professor/performer/conductor at the IV International Trumpet Festival in West Chester University (PA), Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival (São Paulo), Swiss Youth Orchestra, Junge Philharmonie Elbe-Weser, The Juilliard School, Royal Academy of Music London, Latvian Music Academy Riga, Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Geneva, Lucerne and Fribourg Conservatoires, Eurocuivres Summer Academy (France), Tibor Varga Summer Academy in Sion (Switzerland), Bitola (Macedonia), Curitiba (Brazil). In addition, he has been a guest trumpeter with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble InterContemporain Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Klangforum Wien and all the major Swiss orchestras. He has recorded as a soloist and orchestral player for numerous labels including Claves, Teldec, EuroArts, Deutsche Grammophon, Swiss Radio, Grammont, Cascavelle, Arte Nova, cpo, Dabringhaus & Grimm and Gallo-VDE.
In the ancient music field, on baroque trumpet, Theurillat has worked regularly alongside of Austrian baroque trumpet expert Wolfgang Gaisböck, and played under Giovanni Antonini, Ton Koopman, Werner Ehrhardt, Fabio Biondi, Christophe Rousset, with ensembles such as Concerto Köln, L’Orfeo Barockorchester Linz, Camerata Salzburg, Camerata Bern.
Currently, Theurillat is assistant principal trumpet of the Berne Symphony Orchestra. Between 2006 and 2018, after Gabriele Cassone and before Eric Aubier, Theurillat has held the principal position of trumpet teacher, head of brass and conductor/founder of the ensemble Brass & Rhythm at the Lausanne Conservatoire of Music (HEMU). He was also Artistic Director and Founder of the first HEMU Brass Festival held in Fribourg in 2018.
Since a few years, Olivier Anthony Theurillat is an official artist recording by IndéSENS Records, a renowned French label. He is featured both as a classical and jazz soloist with two jazz albums “1st Set” and “Tie-Break”, and two classical albums “Early Recordings” and “Quiet City”, including some of the most well-known trumpet pieces like Honegger’s Intrada, Enesco’s Legend, Haydn’s Concerto and Copland’s Quiet City.
In 2013, Theurillat played his first concert as leader of his own jazz band. Since then, he dedicates much of his free time to jazz music and is lucky to find some regular coaching by Wynton Marsalis, who has known Theurillat for more than 20 years.