Stefan Blunier is a Swiss conductor. He began studying music in his native city of Bern, then concentrated his energies on piano, horn, composition, and conducting when he attended the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. As a student, he founded a new music ensemble and performed as a piano soloist and an accompanist in lieder recitals. Taking the traditional course of conductors, Blunier worked in opera houses in Mainz, Augsburg, and Mannheim before becoming music director and chief conductor of the Staatstheater Darmstadt, a post he held from 2001 to 2008. Additionally, he has conducted operas in Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, and Berlin, and made a name for himself outside Germany by conducting in Montpellier, Oslo, and Bern. In 2010, he appeared with the English National Opera in a performance of Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers.
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