Paul Hess


Paul Hess is the President of the Académie de l’opera Association (Geneva), its conductor and musical director. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is a laureate of the Besançon International Conducting Competition and a recipient of a Fullbright Scholarship in Italy. He studied conducting with the Masters: Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Charles Mackerras, Rafael Kubelik, Stanley Pope, Franco Ferrara, Boris Goldovsky, and conducted concerts and operas in Boston, Salzburg, Buffalo, Rome, Siena, Bologna, Treviso, San Remo, Trapani, Besançon, Geneva, Basel and Bern, and prestigious orchestras such as the OSR, OCG, OCL, BBC. He is also a regular member of the jury for international opera competitions.

Paul Hess is also a cartoonist and humorous portraitist. His drawings have been published in various specialised music magazines, including Il Mondo de la Musica (Rome) and Clavier (United States). He has been exhibited at the Rome Opera (100 drawings), at Victoria Hall in Geneva, at the B. F. M. in Geneva, at the Radio Suisse Romande in Lausanne, at the Télévision Suisse Romande in Geneva and at the G.A.T.T. in Geneva.

His career as a musical director; symphonic orchestras, ballets, operas, operettas, musicals, choirs, and his talent as a draughtsman and his pedagogical abilities, lead him today quite naturally towards teaching and passing on knowledge and expertise to new generations.