General Director : Noémie L. Robidas
Administrative Director : Andrew Ferguson
Training Development Director : Alain Chavaillaz
Research Development Director : Angelika Güsewell


HEMU – Vaud
HEMU – Classical Music Director : Nicolas Farine
HEMU – Jazz Music Executive Assistant: Thomas Dobler
HEMU – Pop Music Executive Assistant: François Vion

HEMU – Fribourg-Freiburg
Director : Philippe Savoy
Executive Assistant : Benedikt Hayoz

HEMU – Valais-Wallis
Director : Aurélien D'Andrès
Executive Assistant : Jörg Lingenberg


Finances: Christophe Descamps, executive assistant
Studies and Examinations Offices: Silvie Christen
Human Resources: Laurence Jovicic
Communication: Nicolas Ayer & Romaine Delaloye
Production Office: Rodolphe Moser
Technical Support: Dorothée Lebrun



A former national councilor, very involved in the musical, associative and political fields, Mrs. Josiane Aubert used to be a member of the Science-Education-Culture commission of the National Council, which she chaired. She participated in the elaboration of the law on encouraging universities (LEHE). She also chaired the Orchestre des jeunes de Suisse romande and the École de Musique de la Vallée de Joux, and sat on the committee of the Association vaudoise des Conservatoires et Écoles de Musique for almost thirty years. Her fine knowledge of how training works has also led her to become involved as vice-president of the School of Social Work and Health Sciences (HETSL) Foundation.

Mrs. Barbara Vauthey is head of the department of University affairs (SAfU) of the Canton of Fribourg.
She represents the Canton of Fribourg on the Board.
She managed the HEMU-CL by delegation from March 2018 to February 2019.

Mrs. Maya Breitenstein Knobel is administrative assistant in the Culture department of the City of Lausanne.
She represents the City of Lausanne on the Board.

Mr. Jacques Cordonier is head of the Culture department of the Canton of Valais.
He represents the Canton of Valais on the Council.

Mr. Michael Fiaux is operations manager in charge of the Hautes écoles, HES and HEP domains within the General Direction of Higher Education of the Canton of Vaud.
He represents the Canton of Vaud on the Board.

President of the Board of Trustees for the Swiss Music Competition for the Youth, Ms. Helena Maffli, joined the Board and the Board’s Bureau in May 2019. This pianist and pedagogue of Finnish origin, who is very much appreciated in the house, managed the Lausanne Conservatoire for 13 years before handing over the keys in 2012. She was a member of the European Union committee of Music Schools (EMU), which she then chaired for 7 years. She was also a member of the European Council for Music and the Swiss Association of Music Schools (ASEM) committees. Helena Maffli is involved as vice-president of the Foundation for Music Education (FEM) and president of the pedagogical commission.

Mr. Pierre Barrois has been manager for 23 years of the French Youth Orchestra, a national orchestra funded by the French Ministry of Culture. He was orchestra director at the Verbier Festival for 4 years, and since 2005 he has been vice-president of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO). The EFNYO organizes mobility programs for musicians with partner orchestras in Europe, as well as exchanges of administrative staff allowing for the learning and sharing of different practices. At the French Youth Orchestra, Mr. Barrois has set up a training program combining theater and musicology, which leads to innovative and interactive musical interventions, particularly with audiences with difficult access to music, in places of detention, with the elderly or young people in difficulty. He joined the Board of the HEMU-CL Foundation in May 2019.

For over 30 years Eric Grosjean has put his life at the service of music. He is a copywriter, PR journalist, radio host and producer. He is particularly known for his words and ideas, which have been used on all RTS radio channels. The local sphere of contemporary music holds no secrets for him. Better still, he has been a fundamental player for many years, always attentive to the opening up of Switzerland and the European network. He is the initiator of multiple projects with the aim, again and again, of putting the young Swiss music scene in the spotlight. He joined the Board of the HEMU-CL Foundation in May 2020.

Deputy Head of the Strings Department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Mr Evan Rothstein has been a member of the Foundation Board since May 2019. A graduate violinist and musicologist, he has been a professor of chamber music at the Guildhall since 2011 and at the Summer String Academy (Indiana University in Bloomington) since 1997, after having taught at the University of Paris 8 for 11 years. Educational consultant for ProQuartet - European Chamber Music Centre for 6 years, he was elected President of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association (ECMTA) for two 3-year terms. He has published articles on subjects ranging from the music of Charles Ives to the musical theater of Georges Aperghis, and has collaborated with the publications of the Cité de la musique (Paris), the Théâtre de Châtelet and the Festival Musica. Mr Rothstein also contributed to Ensemble Magazine by writing a bi-monthly column for 3 years. He has also served on juries for numerous chamber music competitions throughout Europe, and has given international conferences and workshops.

Violist and violinist Christoph Brenner joined the Board of the HEMU-CL Foundation in June 2019. Fluent in three languages, he holds a degree in Italian history and philology in addition to his diplomas as a concert performer and pedagogue. Member of the first Foundation Board of the Swiss Music Competition for the Youth, he was a member of the Competition's Artistic Commission for almost 10 years. He was President of the Conference of Directors of the Swiss Universities of Music (CHEMS) from 2010 to 2013. He has been General Manager of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and Director of its Scuola Universitaria di Musica (school affiliated to the Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana - SUPSI) since 1999. Like the HEMU and the Lausanne Conservatoire, this institution brings together the school, pre-HEM and university levels.

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