Nathalie Stutzmann

Conductor, contralto and singing teacher at the University of Music (HEM), Geneva

"My strength is my ability to convey my passion for music, and to never give up."

My career path

I’m a conductor, which means I interpret sheets of music and convey the emotions that the music makes me feel.

I’m passionate about music, the magic of an orchestra, making music with other people and seeing musicians and the audience happy. Music with a capital ‛M’ ! Being a musician is not a job, it’s a way of life !

My career path. I studied music from a very young age – I come from a family of musicians who played a variety of instruments. I had a great career as an opera singer and worked with some of the best conductors in the world for 30 years. I had the odd faithful follower, and other people I called on myself for support.

A downside or obstacle ? As a woman, it’s more difficult to make yourself heard and there are more obstacles to overcome, especially when it comes to getting a fixed-term job as a musical director. There are too many hurdles to count ! But it’s essential to stick to your guns in all situations in my line of work.

I’m proud of my unusual career, and that I kept going when faced with the difficulty of being a woman in a ‛man’s job’. My strength is my ability to convey my passion for music, and to never give up.

The Proust Questionnaire

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Au-delà de votre profession

Musique, musique, musique et l’art sous toutes ses formes, la mer, la nature, les animaux, la cuisine, le théâtre, les grands vins, la peinture, le sport et la littérature.

Des personnes qui vous inspirent

Kathleen Ferrier et Carlos Kleiber.

Un livre & un film

Lettres à un jeune artiste (Hermann Hesse) et Humans (Yann Arthus-Bertrand).

Un modèle

Les femmes qui m’ont précédée : Marin Alsop ou Susanna Mälki. Les hommes qui me soutiennent depuis toujours : Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa.

Une couleur

Le bleu marine

Un rêve

Voir une femme diriger le concert du nouvel an à Vienne.