Hubert Soudant
Hubert Soudant is a Dutch
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...

Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. The primary duties of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, and to listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble...

. He played the French horn as a youth. He has won prizes in several conducting competitions, including the Besançon Young Conductor Competition
International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors
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 and the Karajan International Conducting Competition.

Soudant has held music directorships with the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra (1974–1980), the Radio France Nouvelle Orchestra Philharmonique (1981–1983), l'Orchestra Toscanini (starting in 1988), l'Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
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 (1994–2004) and Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg
Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg
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 (1995–2004). He has also served as the principal guest conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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. He became principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
The , or TSO, was established in 1946 as the Toho Symphony Orchestra . It assumed its present name in 1951.Based in Kawasaki, the TSO performs in numerous concert halls and serves as the pit ensemble for some productions at New National Theatre, Tokyo, the city's leading opera house...

 in October 1999, and music director in September 2004.

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