The Foundation Council of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne is pleased to announce that Antony Ernst was appointed executive director of the orchestra, and will take office as from August 1st 2020. Before joining the OCL, Mr. Ernst was the director of the Royal Danish Orchestra. He will succeed Benoît Braescu, who will leave his post this summer after ten years at the head of the OCL.

“By appointing Antony Ernst, we opt for a strong professional experience in orchestra management, as well as great human qualities. Dedicated, federative and pragmatic, he will know how to ensure continuity while developing  new projects” says gladly Me Alexandre Curchod, President of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

Born in 1972, Antony Ernst worked for numerous institutions in Europe, New-Zealand and Australia, his home country. Benefiting from a wide experience in artistic programming and planning, he is also endowed with strong managerial and strategical skills in various cultural, politic and economic contexts. Before taking up his appointment as director of the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen, he spent six years at the Strasbourg Philharmony Orchestra as production manager and artistic delegate. Previously, he notably worked for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Dresden Staatsoper, the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome or the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Musicologist by training, also dramatist and lecturer, his mutli-faceted career path will undoubtedly benefit the OCL and its influence.

The Foundation Council of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne already wishes to thank Benoît Braescu for his excellent work at the head of the orchestra. He successfully stabilized the institution finances with an exemplary budget management and also fully contributed to the quality of the artistic programming thanks to his network and his deep musical knowledge. Mr. Braescu wishes to handle new artistic projects as from next summer.