Facundo Agudin is a Swiss-Argentine conductor born in Buenos Aires. After completing a Master’s programme in Conducting at the Universidad Católica Argentina under Professors Néstor Andrenacci and Guillermo Scarabino, he was trained in medieval music in Bologna under Pedro Memelsdorff and completed postgraduate studies on Historical Composition at the Schola Cantorum in Basle, where he resides since 1996. As a baritone, his six-year professional experience with the Swiss Chamber Choir and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, singing under Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Armin Jordan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gennadii Roshdestwenskii, David Zinman and in particular Valery Gergiev, provided major impulses for his further development as a conductor. In 2007, he was granted the First Prize at the Colin Metters Seminar with the St Petersbourg Symphony Orchestra. Based in Basle, he is artistic and music director of Musique des Lumières, as well as of contemporary opera company Opera Obliqua. He is co-founder of Neue Opernprojekte Basel and Festival Stand’Eté. Since 2009, he has also been Principal Conductor of the Patagonia Symphony (Argentina) in cooperation with the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires. Between 2006 and 2008, he worked as principal Guest Conductor at the Armenian National Opera Theatre, and recently became a guest of the Mariinsky Theatre conducting Gounod’s Faust in 2014 and 2015.
Together with Daniel Barenboim and Alejo Pérez, Agudin integrates the short list of nominees to the award « Best Argentine Conductor 2015 », granted by the national Music Critics Association.