Nadège Foofat is a conductor, violinist, violist, and advocate for innovation in thought, action, music, and culture.
During the 2019-2020 season, Nadège made her debuts with the Lima Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in the United States. In November of 2020, she will conduct Symphony New Brunswick in Canada in three performances as part of their Music Director Search. Other recent appearances include concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018, Nadège was one of six conductors selected for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview for her “experience, talent, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras” by the League of American Orchestras.
A passionate educator, Nadège has held the positions of Orchestral Director and String Coordinator at Keene State College in New Hampshire from 2018-2019, as well as Visiting Guest Conductor at Shenandoah Conservatory in the Spring of 2020. Nadège is also a member of the Executive Council of the Institute for Composer Diversity.
As former Assistant Conductor to Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, Nadège worked on historical productions of Wozzeck, Lulu, Walküre, Madama Butterfly, Zauberflöte, and Stilles Meer, and new productions of Fidelio and Parsifal, as well as Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at the Elbphilharmonie, including with Hamburg's St. Michaelis Choir, and the International Musikfest Hamburg.
From 2009-2014, Nadège was the Founder and Music Director of the Esopus Chamber Orchestra, a twenty-five-member award-winning professional chamber orchestra based in the Hudson Valley, New York. In 2014, Nadège served as Associate Conductor for the Naxos recording of Darius Milhaud's L'Orestie d'Eschyle, which was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award (Best Opera Recording).
Trained as a violinist and violist, with a bachelors degree from The Juilliard School and a masters degree from Yale University, she has performed solo recital and chamber performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, the Banff Centre, and MoMA summer music festivals. She holds a Doctor of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Université de Montréal, and a Diplôme de perfectionnement in contemporary orchestral conducting from the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, (Switzerland). Nadège is a leading expert on the orchestral works of the early romantic French composer, Louise Farrenc.
Born in Canada, Nadège also holds citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is based out of Virginia, where she resides with her husband, composer Jonathan Newman, and two children.