Baroque oboe

Under the guidance of its professor Patrick Beaugiraud, a renowned soloist and chamber musician, the baroque oboe class at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM) prepares its students for a multifaceted career in music, ranging from the interpretation of the soloist repertoire to that of polyphonic and orchestral works, but also to the teaching and passing on of knowledge.

The students in the class are encouraged to take part in numerous activities arranged by the HEM’s department of music of the past, which regularly invites eminent performers and researchers from all over the world to give Masterclasses and seminars. The goal is to encourage the development of a thoughtful approach, with a view to achieving a deeper contextualization of the practice and repertoire of their instrument.

Finally, the baroque oboe class regularly collaborates with the HEM’s other departments, and with internationally acclaimed Swiss ensembles, on ‘side-by-side’ artistic projects, which constitute a real gateway to the professional world.


Patrick Beaugiraud

Professor of Baroque Oboe

Patrick Beaugiraud studied oboe with César Ognibène, Jacques Chambon, Maurice Bourgue, and Heinz Holliger, before playing for two years with the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon. He then dedicated himself more particularly to the interpretation of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoires on original instruments. Appreciated by the best Baroque ensembles, he is notably sought after by the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Collegium Japan, and the Ricercar Consort. His discography is rich with recordings of oboe concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, and numerous Bach cantatas, under the direction of Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki, Sigiswald Kuijken, or Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. More recently, he has recorded Handel's cantatas, Mozart's quartet with oboe, and Couperin's "Les Goûts Réunis." He is also a founding member of the wind quintet Le Concert Impromptu. Holder of the State Diploma, he has taught modern oboe at the music schools of Macon, Montélimar, and the CNSM of Lyon before joining the Haute école de musique de Genève to teach Baroque oboe.


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