The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has appointed Jean-Claude Picard as its new assistant conductor, after receiving applications from 162 hopefuls in 28 countries. The French-Canadian follows Christian Kluxen in the two-year post, supported by the John Mather Charitable Trust. The scheme gives budding conductors the opportunity to develop their craft by working with music director Peter Oundjian and a number of guest conductors in a variety of RSNO concerts and outreach projects.
‘We received applications from many talented individuals but Jean-Claude shone through as the clear winner,’ said Oundjian. ‘He is already an accomplished musician, having gained experience as a flautist with several ensembles as well as garnering significant exposure on the podium. It is a pleasure to welcome him to the RSNO family. In the coming years he will come to play a vital and rewarding role in the musical life of Scotland.’
Jean-Claude Picard has been a professional flautist since 2003, most recently appearing with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been conducting professionally since 2007, and has worked alongside such conductors as Neeme Järvi and Kurt Masur.