Madras Chamber Orchestra Internship

Summer 2013

Perform Alongside The Greats

The Madras Chamber Orchestra has historically performed concerts for the likes of India's best musicians, including Ilaiyaraaja and A.R. Rahman. Perform with and learn from masters of both Western Classical and Indian Carnatic -- fusing together two styles of beautifully intricate culture.

The United States Consulate, the British High Commission, German Consulate, and the British Council have also arranged many performances for the M.C.O. Master classes have also been held with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Stradivari String Quartet, and the Philadelphia String Quartet. The Orchestra had the pleasure of playing a concert under the baton of the noted conductor Jane Glover of the London Mozart Strings. The orchestra played two concerts with Leon Speirer, who was at the time the chief concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The Madras Chamber Orchestra has been appreciatively noted as “the only all Indian orchestra in India” by the Hindu Newspaper.

Meet the Maestro: Bernard Wacheux; Conductor, Violinist

Bernard Wacheux leads a triple career as a violinist, soloist/chamber player, conductor and teacher. He perfected his art at the Royal Conservatory of Music Brussels in the class of Master Arthur Grumiaux and later with Tibor Varga.

Bernard Wacheux started his career in Germany where he taught violin at “Siegen, MusikSchule”, and performed as soloist with the orchestras of Frankfurt and Koblenz under the baton of G. Schraeder with whom he later studied with.

In France he studied conducting with the French conductor Robert Delcroix-Professor at the National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris, where he later became assistant professor. At the same time he also conducted the French orchestra of the County of Flandres and was appointed professor of violin and conductor at the National Conservatory of Lille. Wacheux founded the "Alpha Piano Trio” and the “Lille string quartet”, with whom he performed throughout France and several European countries. He also gave master classes in violin and chamber music at the National Concert of Music in St. Cere (Lot) and lead the orchestra.

Wacheux later conducted the orchestra of Antananarivo, Madagascar of which he is a founding member and with whom he performed throughout the island. He later became President of the French branch of ESTA (European String Teachers Association), chaired for all Europe by Sir Yehudi Menuhin from whom he received musical advice as a pedagogue, violinist and conductor.

For 10 years Bernard Wacheux lead the Orchestra “The French Soloists” that he took to France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Turkey and India. He was also the artistic director for the Mozart Opera Foundation.

Wacheux is currently the music director of the Madras Chamber Orchestra and takes on regular touring to major cities of India, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Netherlands, Madagascar, Morocco, Turkey, and the USA.

Contact for information

Bernard Wacheux

Violinist, Conductor

Adithya Ganesh

Former 1st Violinist