Born and raised in Switzerland, Patrick Furrer studied piano in Zurich and conducting in Bern, Vienna and Aspen. He started his professional career at the Theater Basel as a répétiteur and conductor, working in many productions. Later he served as 1st Kapellmeister at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck. He has led numerous new productions at various opera houses, such as Hansel and Gretel, Jonny spielt auf, Un ballo in maschera, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and The merry wives of Windsor in Innsbruck, L’elisir d’Amore at the Volksoper Vienna, Don Giovanni in Lucerne, Die Fledermaus with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (where he also conducted Mahler 5 & 9) and Béatrice et Bénédict at the (Northwestern) Bienen School of Music. He also conducted performances of Cosi fan tutte, Otello, The Magic Flute and Werther in Innsbruck, Rigoletto in St. Gallen, Ballo in maschera and Magic Flute in Mannheim, Hansel and Gretel in Nürnberg, Penthesilea, La Bohème and Flying Dutchman back in Basel as well as Hoffmann at the Zurich Opera House. In the symphonic field, Patrick conducted orchestras like the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the symphony orchestras of Basel, Bern, St. Gallen and Biel, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester, the Orchestre du Conservatoire National de Paris. He also conducted the opening ceremony of the Swiss National Exposition.
Patrick has worked in the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera New York since 2011 and will make his conducting debut in the upcoming season with Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten”.