Tobias Haussig is a conductor and music educator. After completing five years of early studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin, he studied trumpet, instrumental pedagogy and conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts. He gained experience playing in an orchestra with RIAS Youth orchestra as well as with various state youth orchestras in Berlin, Brandenburg, and Saxony-Anhalt. During his studies he was a member of the Berlin Reggae/Dancehall Ensemble “Hans der Kleingärtner” and supported, among others, Udo Lindenberg, MIA, Peter Fox, and Seidenmatt in live performances as well as for studio recordings. Concert tours led him to Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the USA.
Through assistances and internships, Tobias Haussig was able to develop his conducting skills in a targeted manner - he has already worked with Sir Simon Rattle, Sebastian Weigle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. At the age of 18 he assumed the music director position with the wind orchestra of the "Junges Ensemble Berlin e.V." and in twelve years of partnership shaped a wind orchestra that regularly and successfully took part in competitions all over Germany. When he left Berlin in 2012, the orchestra appointed him its Honorary Conductor. Involved from the first conceptual stages in April 2014, he has been director of the Bläserphilharmonie Aachen and was instrumental in the planning and conception of the orchestra even before the first rehearsal. At the WMC in Kerkrade in July 2017, he achieved a gold medal with distinction in the 1st Division with the BPA.
Orchestral ConductorCopyright: Kelvin Hoffmann
Julio G. Vico, born 1992 in Cádiz, gained his first experiences on stage at the Drama Academy Strada Co. with plays by Lorca, Shakespeare and Tschechov, but soon he discovered that he'd rather be a musician. He was accepted into the Academy for Young Instrumentalists (OJA) under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy and subsequently joined the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim as a pianist. After his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid (RCSMM), his interest in contemporary music led him to the Munich Conservatory of Music to study with Professor Markus Bellheim. He then took his first position as an academist with the Phoenix Basel Ensemble and the Modern Ensemble in Frankfurt.
His success at international competitions and festivals led him to the Spanish National Orchestra (Jonde), where he worked from 2013 to 2016.
In 2016 he discovered his passion for conducting and began studying orchestral conducting at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf with Professor Rüdiger Bohn, where he also acted as répétiteur in the vocal class of Professor Konrad Jarnot. In the same year, he became music director of the Japanese Philharmonic (JPD) and the Komische Oper am Rhein (KOR) as well as pianist of the Tempus Loquendi Ensemble (TLE). Since 2018, he has been sponsored by the Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council.
During this past season, he appeared as a pianist with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra in the performances of "Petrushka" (Stravinsky) and "L'enfant et les sortileges" (Ravel) and also conducted orchestras in a performance of "Cenerentola" (Rossini), as well as in concerts and master classes, which he gives in China, Spain and Germany.
In April 2018 he took over the musical direction of Collegium Musicum Aachen, filling in for Raimund Laufen.
Music DirectorCopyright: Raimund Laufen
Raimund Laufen was born in Düsseldorf and studied piano at universities in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. He also studied conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar. From 2006 to 2008 he was engaged as a répétiteur with conducting responsibilities at the Staatstheater Hannover, before moving to the Cologne Opera in the same capacity in 2008. He conducted a wide repertoire of operas, operettas, musicals and ballets at both theatres. The Cologne new production of Britten's "The turn of the screw", in collaboration with director Benjamin Schad, was a nationwide success. In addition, in 2012, he took over direction of the International Opera Studio of the Cologne Opera and became music director of the Cologne Children's Opera. In 2013, he transferred to the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Aachen, as a lecturer. Since then he has directed several opera productions here in cooperation with Theater Aachen.
Raimund Laufen has conducted the Staatsorchester Hannover and the Gürzenichorchester Köln, and as a guest conductor he also worked with the Jena Philharmonic and the Vienna Volksoper orchestras. In connection with his work in Cologne he assisted conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Parallel to his studies and his engagements at the opera, he became enthusiastic about making music with amateur ensembles. With them he has followed his musical passion with symphonics and oratorios. Chamber music and song accompaniment round off his musical activities. In the 2017 summer semester Raimund Laufen took on the position of music director of Collegium Musicum at RWTH Aachen University.