Uruguayan conductor Nicolás Pasquet traveled to Germany to continue his musical education and has stayed on in Europe, leading various ensembles in an unusually varied career that has emphasized work with young people.
Pasquet was born in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo in 1958. He studied violin and conducting at the city's State Musical Academy and went on for further studies in Stuttgart and Nürnberg, Germany. Nods as a selected young conductor from the German Council of Music in 1984 and 1986 confirmed his musical emphasis, and the following year he took his first prize at the International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France. That led to several conducting posts and international tour appearances with German orchestras. Those tours went as far afield as Namibia and left Pasquet with a lifelong enthusiasm for international musical education. Since 2012, in addition to his musical and educational responsibilities in Germany, he has been conductor of the South-East Asian Youth Chamber Orchestra, headquartered at Mahidol University in Bangkok and drawing its membership from several countries in the region.
Pasquet became conductor of the Pécs Symphony Orchestra in Hungary in 1993. He led the orchestra on tours of Germany and Switzerland. He also championed the music of Hungarian composers, an effort that earned him two major Hungarian music prizes in Budapest. For the Marco Polo label he recorded the complete symphonic works of the nearly forgotten Hungarian composer László Lajtha, who was highly esteemed in the French neoclassical scene of the middle 20th century; the Marco Polo recordings have been reissued by Naxos and remain widely available. Pasquet moved to the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany in 1996 and made several more recordings. He later conducted the Coburg State Theater Association in Bavaria, organizing its concert series and remaining closely associated with the group in later years. He has also conducted state youth orchestras in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and Hessen. Pasquet has led the youth-oriented Belvedere Chamber Orchestra in Weimar to a pair of first prizes at the German Youth Orchestras Competition. He has been professor of conducting at the Franz Liszt University in Weimar since 1994.