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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 into the Paris Conservatoire, he won first prize by unanimous acclaim at the Young Musicians’ Autumn Festival and also received the Best Contemporary Performance Prize (2009). This prize launched his career by allowing him to play six solo concerts. Soon after, he won other 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 of principal oboe for the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (2009). In 2013, he became the principal oboist 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.  

   As a lover of chamber music, Lachat became a member of the Klarthe Quintet, with which he won another prize at the international ARD competition in Munich (2014). He played regularly with the quintet and with other chamber music groups at numerous festivals throughout France, Italy, and Switzerland: Palazzetto 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, in the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Basel Symphony Orchestra (2018), and in the Mozart Oboe Concerto, first with the Monaco Orchestra (2011) and then the Basel Orchestra (2014). He played in the Bach Double Concerto alongside violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann (August 2009) and Daniel Hope (February 2020). He has performed Bach’s Oboe Concerto at the Tonhalle Maag in Zurich, and the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  

   He has worked as a solo oboist with eminent conductors, including 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, Lachat has performed 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, and Hessische Rundfunk (Frankfurt).