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Oliver Rudin (Bass, Choral Conductor)

Born: March 3, 1981 - Basel, Switzserland

The Swiss bass, choral conductor and music teacher, Oliver Rudin started his musical career at the tender age of 4: in the French TV-series École des fans at the Théâtre de l'Empire in Paris, he sang with Mireille Mathieu. Subsequently, he took private violin and piano lessons and became a soloist at the Knabenkantorei Basel. He sang Der Knabe in Alban Berg's Wozzeck and in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at Theater Basel, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem in Lausanne, in Klaus Huber's Senfkorn in Geneva und Strasbourg, and in Felix Mendelssohn's Elias at the Tonhalle Zürich among others. At the age of 14 he began his studies as a young violinist at the Hochschule für Musik Basel. Afterwards, he studied choir conductorship and school music II. In 2004, he produced and conducted the (first) performance of the Tinguely Oper within the frame of “Les Muséiques” at the museum jean tinguely basel for his diploma and then graduated with an award. Rudin studied with Rudolf Barshai, Alexander van Wijnkoop, Jost Meier and Raphael Immoos, and also visited several summer master classes with Edith Kraft (The Juilliard School for Music, New York). In autumn 2007 he completed his post-graduate studies in culture management at the University Basel with Master of Advanced Studies.

In 1997 Oliver Rudin founded the band without instruments The Glue and has been active as a singer, songwriter and manager of the band ever since. With The Glue he can already look back on over 750 concerts worldwide and various successes. Among others, the album “Boca Juniors“ was awarded "Best of 2005“ by Swiss Radio DRS 1 and 2, the band was invited as Swiss representative to the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2006 in Germany, in the area of music they were chosen as cultural award bearers of Basel (BL) 2010, and they reached the 5th place with an own composition (“Come What May”) in the Swiss final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. The absolute highlight was The Glue winning the 2nd prize as well as the award for “best own composition” (Song: Sandburgenbauen) at the “Harmony Sweepstakes Regional Competition” on Broadway in New York in March 2011. In october 2012 they performed in front of more than 20,000 spectators at one of the most prestigeous jazz festivals in Asia, the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan.

Oliver Rudin has worked for over 10 years as a music teacher at the Gymnasium Kirschgarten in Basel, where next to subject teaching, he also directs the annual choir and orchestra concerts and he is now also responsible for the coordination of talent advancement. Moreover, he has been a dedicated praxis teacher at the teacher training college for several years, recently he also became a lecturer of music education (module “music performance”).

In summer 2006 Oliver Rudin took over the direction of the Gospelchor am Basler Münster with which he puts on the very popular, annual Gospelnacht at Basler Münster. Since May 2011, he has been directing the award-winning vocal ensemble Voices of the music school in Münchenstein. In March 2008, he founded the Männerstimmen Basel with former members of the Knabenkantorei Basel and has been their musical director ever since. The Männerstimmen Basel have repeatedly been honoured internationally: At the Tallinn Choir Festival 2009 (Estonia) as "Best Male Choir", at the Ohrid Choir Festival 2010 (Macedonia) with a 2nd place and the award for the "Best Contemporary Performance", and at the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition with the 3rd place and the "Schuman/Europe Trophy" for the best interpretation of a contemporary European opus (Rudolf Jaggi: "Basel 2010"). In summer 2012 they won under his direction in the category "Male Choirs" the Gold Medal and were awarded the title "Champions of the World Choir Games 2012" in Cincinnati, USA. In May 2014, he won the 2nd prize with his female choir Voices at the international choir competition in Venice/Caorle (I) ("Venezia in Musica 2014") and got also the special awards for the best artistic program and the prize for the most promising conductor.

Oliver Rudin is a member of the Chor der J.S. Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen under the direction of Rudolf Lutz.

As a singer with The Glue and as a choir director with the Männerstimmen Basel, concert trips have led Oliver Rudin to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Africa, USA, Canada, Morocco, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Slovenia, Estonia, France, Spain, Ireland, Italy and to Switzerland.

Oliver Rudin has been supported by the Schweizerische Studienstiftung for several university years.

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Source: Oliver Rusin Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Rudolf Lutz


Member of Chor der J.S. Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen:
BWV 1, BWV 30, BWV 63, BWV 67, BWV 70, BWV 92 [2016], BWV 93, BWV 95, BWV 107, BWV 110, BWV 115 [2016], BWV 116, BWV 119, BWV 176, BWV 180, BWV 198

Links to other Sites

Oliver Rudin - Musiker (Official Website) [German/English/French]

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