What was the first MCO concert you attended? I first went on tour with the orchestra in July 2010. The first concert was in Santiago, Spain, and from there we traveled to Austria. The orchestra, with conductor Tugan Sokhiev, played Dvorák’s 8th Symphony and Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto. A wonderful introduction to the world of the MCO.
The first piece of music you fell in love with: Until my early twenties, classical music was terra incognita for me. Then I came into contact with Schubert’s music, more or less accidentally. His impromptus were the pieces that really sparked my interest.
What CDs would you want with you on a desert island? Olé by John Coltrane – for me, the definitive music of freedom.
Which aspects of your work do you like the best? It is especially fun for me to work within such a dynamic structure that is constantly in motion. It enables me to enjoy a certain freedom in designing my work, and it also constantly creates new challenges that make daily life more varied and exciting.
What do you like best about the MCO? The orchestra’s energy, and of course its sound.
Julien Berthoud joined the MCO Finance and Administration department in April 2010. He is responsible for accounting and controlling.
Born in France, Julien travelled to Germany for the first time in 2000 as an exchange student in the Erasmus program, spending a year in Leipzig as part of his studies of Political Science. His time in Germany made a lasting impression on him and resulted in many later visits to the country.
After various internships in Kiel and Berlin, Julien completed his Masters in European Arts Management in Paris and soon after took on the job of coordinating the Association of French Documentary Filmmakers.
After four enjoyable years in Paris, he finally gave into Berlin’s magnetic pull and came to the MCO, where he is happy to have an opportunity to explore another facet of his spectrum of interests.