Heralded for his vibrant and enthusiastic music making, Hugo Bollschweiler has emerged as one of conducting’s outstanding new talents, combining warmth, excitement, and an ability to connect and engage with audiences of all ages. Hugo currently serves as principal conductor and artistic director of the Aargau State Youth Symphony Orchestra, the stadtorchesterSCHLIEREN, the Orchestergesellschaft Affoltern am Albis, the Orchesterverein Chur and the SinfonieON. A native of Switzerland, Hugo received his training at the Conservatoire de Fribourg, the Musik-Akademie Basel, Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Institute of Music and the Zürich Hochschule der Künste where he earned his Soloist Diploma in Viola Performance and his Master in Orchestral Conducting with the highest distinctions. His teachers have included Roberto Diaz, Victoria Chiang, Michel Rouilly, and Christoph Schiller (viola) and Johannes Schlaefli, Christof Brunner, and Markand Thakar (conducting). He has toured five continents and performed and taught at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Lucerne, Donaueschingen, Davos, Montreux, Kuhmo, and Yellow Barn festivals, and the New Zealand and Hong Kong Arts festivals. He also served as faculty member and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and artistic director of the Norse Chamber Music Festival. Hugo has conducted, among others, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Berner Symphonieorchester, the Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra, the argovia philharmonic, the Sofia Academic Chamber Orchestra, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste Orchestra and the Zürich Youth Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the premieres of new works by Paul Hanmer, Balz Aliesch and Hans-Jürg Meier. As an orchestral musician, Hugo played in principal positions with the Swiss Chamber Orchestra, the Swiss National Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâtel. Hugo was on the faculty of the Cincinnati College Conservatory Accent09 Festival, Norse Chamber Music Festival, the Austin Chamber Music Festival and Workshop and the Escola de Musica do Estado de Sao Paulo. Hugo Bollschweiler has been featured on Sony Classical and NEOS.