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We are hiring!
At the Fondazione per l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana we are looking for an
Artistic and Administrative Director (70%-100%)

The ideal candidate will have comprehensive all-round experience in the world of orchestral management, ideally in the sphere of growth and development within an organisation comparable to the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. If you also have a broad network of contacts at the international level, significant expertise in business economics and are a natural leader, you might be the person we are looking for!

Level of employment: 70-100% (28-40 hours a week)
Place of employment: Via Canevascini 5, 6900 Lugano-Besso
Applications: by e-mail to presidenza@aosi.ch
Deadline: 28 February 2023
Starting date: to be confirmed
Duration of employment: permanent
Accountability: the role is directly accountable to the Foundation board
For further information: Mario Postizzi (President of the board), tel. +41 91 912 20 70


  • • Supervision of all artistic, operational, administrative and economic aspects of the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI)
  • • Development of a general artistic vision for the Orchestra and its audiences and the implementation of this through the sourcing of guest artists and the musical programming of the concerts
  • • Management of relations with principal stakeholders (financiers, political bodies, partners, sponsors, audiences, media, etc.)
  • • Financial planning, control of the budget
  • • Management of the Orchestra and of the production and administrative teams, both in the realms of individual employment contracts as well as the Collective employment contract
  • • “Sale of OSI product” via traditional concerts as well as cultural mediation formats aimed at attracting new audiences; maintenance of excellent levels of occupation of the halls

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements

  • • Comprehensive management experience in the world of the performing arts, ideally in the orchestral realm
  • • Broad network of contacts in the musical sphere on the international scene
  • • Significant expertise in finance and business economics
  • • Integration within the social and institutional fabric of Ticino, or an aptitude to become integrated within it in a short period of time
  • • Excellent interpersonal, social and communication skills
  • • Outstanding skills in leadership, decision-making, negotiation and conflict-management
  • • High-level ability to work in an efficient manner and over long hours, including under pressure
  • • Residency in Ticino or willingness to establish it as the centre of personal interests within 3 months of the expiry of the trial period
  • • Excellent knowledge of Italian, English and German

Required documentation

  • • Cover letter outlining the specific interests in the role
  • • Curriculum vitae with contact details of referees (minimum 2)
  • • Certificates of studies/graduation
  • • Certificates of employment
  • • Medical certificate or self-certification attesting to state of health
  • • Criminal record statement (this will be requested from candidates invited for interview)

Candidates may be asked to undergo an assessment in the final selection stage.

Incomplete, generic or non-relevant applications will not be considered

The Fondazione per l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana has a staff of nine people and manages the OSI, comprising more than 40 professional musicians employed on a permanent basis.

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Permanent musicians

2nd Concertmaster with service relief, (approximately 1/3 as concertmaster, else with obligation to play on first stand)
Level of employment: 100%

Preliminary round: Sunday 05 February 2023
Final rounds: Monday 06 February 2023
Application deadline: Thursday 08 December 2022

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