Guillaume Bouillon, student
‘The life of a musician is such that you can't wait to finish your studies before embarking on a professional career.’
Why did you choose to study in Lausanne?
GB | I chose Lausanne for a number of reasons: firstly, because I had heard so many good things about Patrick Demenga, a teacher of the violoncello. The second reason is that the HEMU in Lausanne is part of the Bologna system and awards diplomas that are recognised in Europe.
What were your first impressions when you arrived in Lausanne?
GB | An impression of calm, with the mountains, the lake and a friendly atmosphere. It's a city of study, with a very lively arts scene, which I really liked.
Where did you study before starting a course of higher education in Lausanne?
GB | I gained several diplomas. I studied at the Conservatoire de Lille, then at the small Conservatoire de Cambrai, before continuing my studies in Valenciennes.
If you had to define the study environment in Lausanne in just three words, what would they be?
GB | Vibrant, diversified, open.
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your studies?
GB | The opportunity to play with the LCO, as the Conservatoire stages a concert in partnership with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra every year. I took part in it twice, which allowed me to play in public concerts with professional musicians. We performed Wagner's fifth and Rachmaninov's second.
What are you planning to do after your studies?
GB | The life of a musician is such that you can't wait to finish your studies before embarking on a professional career. For my next step, I would like to try and find the right blend of teaching, playing in an orchestra and chamber music.
Will you stay in Lausanne after finishing your studies if you have the opportunity to do so? And if so, why?
GB | Yes, if I have the opportunity to do so, I will try and stay in Lausanne or in Switzerland at any rate. There are two reasons: firstly, I really enjoy living in Switzerland, the natural beauty, the mountains, the lake. I absolutely adore nature. The second reason has to do with the artistic opportunities, not just those related to music, but exhibitions of painting and dance as well. Lausanne is a very vibrant centre for the arts.
Would you recommend Lausanne as a town in which to start your higher education?
GB | Yes, there are a great many internationally renowned colleges and universities. The University of Music provides an education that is recognised by other Conservatoires with very good teachers, all against a very pleasant backdrop.
And your fondest memory of Lausanne?
GB | There have been many...
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford