Jan Schultsz

Jan Schultsz is an internationally renowned conductor, chamber musician, lied accompanist and festival director. Proficient in historicallyinformed performance practice, his particular area of interest is the rediscovery of forgotten works and the casting of new light on wellknown repertoire.

The primary focus of his interpretative work is the music of the classicalromantic era. Jan Schultsz is a highly soughtafter guest conductor, not only in Switzerland. The Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Symphony Orchestra Basel, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague, as well as soloists such as Khatia Buniatishvili, Renaud Capucon and Gaultier Capucon have performed under his baton.

As an opera conductor, his career path has led him to the Norske Opera in Oslo, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest and the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liege. His repertoire primarily encompasses rarities by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi.

From 1999 to 2009 Jan Schultsz conducted the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchatel. In 2000 he founded Opera St. Moritz, where he served as Artistic Director until 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jan Schultsz studied horn and piano at the conservatory in his hometown and at the conservatories in Basel and Lausanne. Between 1991 and 1995 he pursued studies of conducting in Basel, Bern and Zurich with Manfred Honeck and Ralf Weikert. Masterclasses led him to Jorma Panula, Sir Edward Downes and Ilya Musin.