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Marc Lachat

Principal Oboe, Carol Colburn Grigor Chair

About this Artist

“The sensitive and brilliant Marc Lachat possesses that supple, soft, never-nasal oboe sound that conjures up the rose-scented poetry of a baroque poem in the Largo movement.” 

(Die Welt) 

After being accepted by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he unanimously won first prize at the Young Musicians’ Autumn Festival as well as the Best Contemporary Performance Prize (February 2009). This prize launched his career by allowing him to play six solo concertos. 

Soon after, he won several highly-prestigious international competitions: the ARD in Munich (2011) and the Prague Spring international competition (2013).   

Passionate about orchestras, he trained with the French Youth Orchestra and then with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.  

He was then awarded the position as Oboe Soloist for the Monaco Monte-Carlo Orchestra (October 2009). A few years later, in 2013, he became the Oboe Soloist for the Basel Orchestra. 

He stood out for his light and airy style and, at the request of Sir Roger Norrington, he joined the Zurich Chamber Orchestra alongside his position in Basel. 

In addition, as a lover of Chamber music, he became a member of the Klarthe Quintet, with whom he won another prize at the renowned international ARD competition in Munich (September 2014). He played regularly with the quintet and with other Chamber music groups at numerous festivals throughout France, Italy and Switzerland (Palazetto Bru Zane Festival in Venice, Auvers-sur-Oise Festival, Arromanches Festival, Vier Jahrenzeiten Konzerte in Blumenstein, Kultur in Zehntenhof, and The Queille Festival). 

His talent has allowed him to play many times as soloist for the Strauss Concerto with the Basel Symphony Orchestra (January 2018), and for Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, first with the Monaco Orchestra (January 2011) and then the Basel Orchestra (October 2014). He played in the Bach double Concerto, alongside renowned violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann (August 2009) and Daniel Hope (February 2020). He has performed Bach’s Concerto at the Tonhalle Maag in Zurich, as well as Vaughan-Williams’ Concerto with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra. 

He has worked as Solo Oboist with eminent conductors, amongst others Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Marek Janowski, François-Xavier Roth, Tugan Sokhiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Pierre Boulez, Georges Prêtre, and Lorin Maazel.

As principal oboe, he plays with leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, l’Orchestre de Paris, Hessische Rundfunk (Francfort).