Antoine-Pierre de Bavier

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Antoine-Pierre de Bavier
Also known as Antoine de Bavier
Origin Switzerland
Occupation(s) Clarinettist, conductor
Instruments Clarinet
Associated acts Luigi Amodio, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Antoine-Pierre de Bavier, often referred to as Antoine de Bavier, was a celebrated twentieth-century Swiss clarinettist and orchestral conductor.

De Bavier was a pupil of the clarinetist Luigi Amodio and of Wilhelm Furtwängler.[1] His earlier career was dedicated more particularly to his instrumental work as a clarinettist. He collaborated with the Végh Quartet in their early recording of the Brahms clarinet quintet, and was among the very few soloists[2] to have worked and recorded with the Quartetto Italiano, with whom in 1952 he recorded the Mozart clarinet quintet. In 1956 he made a landmark recording of the Brahms clarinet sonatas.[3]

A live recording exists of his performance of the Mozart quintet with the Barylli Quartet at the Salzburg Festival in 1956.[4] In that year he was also conducting in Mexico City, for instance, in a performance of the Mozart flute and harp concerto with Gildardo Mojica (flute) and Judith Flores Alatorre (harp).[5] He was for a time conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.[6] During the fifties, due to health problems, he was forced to leave his brilliant soloist career. He was persuaded by Wilhelm Furtwängler to start a new musical life as a conductor. As a matter of fact, he conducted important orchestras and worked with great soloists, among which the famous Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (four concerts in Germany and Italy, from 1956 to 1961).

De Bavier taught chamber music at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy), and was on the international jury for German radio competitions. He gave concerts in the most famous European and American cities.[7]

Later in his career de Bavier became particularly associated as conductor with the Suk Chamber Orchestra of Prague.[8] At the Settimane Internazionale di Musica da Camera at Kastelruth (Bolzano) in 1997 and 1999 (the XII and XIV Settimane) he was the guest conductor, on the former occasion dedicating the festival to the work of J.S. Bach.[9] Similarly he took the Prague Chamber Orchestra, with Mirjam Tschopp as solo violinist, to the Teatro Filarmonico at Brescia (a Mozart concert),[10] and conducted Mirjam and Sibylle Tschopp with the Filarmonica at Verona in 2002.[11]

De Bavier conducted a performance of Mozart's serenade the 'Gran Partita' (K 361) at Villa Arvedi in Cuzzaro, Grezzana, with a company of distinguished international instrumentalists, issued in 1999.[12]


  1. ^ Sipariodischi website, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2008-10-27. .
  2. ^ G.A. Borciani website, [1], for this specific.
  3. ^ C.J. Lawson, The Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet (Cambridge: University Press 1995), p. 207.
  4. ^ Andante label. Review by Tim Page, Andante Magazine "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-02-20. Retrieved 2008-10-27. .
  5. ^ Leonard de Lorenzo, My Complete Story of the Flute (Texas Technical University Press, 1992), p. 2.
  6. ^ Naxos information re Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, [2].
  7. ^ Sipariodischi biographical note, cf link in earlier footnote above.
  8. ^ Suk Chamber Orchestra website, [3], including two photos of de Bavier conducting at Kastelruth.
  9. ^ Corriere della Sera, 2 Sept 1997 [4] and 5 Sept 1999 [5].
  10. ^ Saturday 16 September, in QuiBrescia "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2008-10-27. .
  11. ^ Archive programmes of Verona Filarmonica, September 2002 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2008-10-27. .
  12. ^ Stradivarius label CD.