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Nadège Foofat is a conductor, violinist, violist, and advocate for innovation in thought, action, music, and culture. In April of 2018, Nadège made her conducting debut with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, chosen for her “experience, talent, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras” by the League of American Orchestras.

During the 2019 season, Nadège will make her debuts with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. A champion of equal representation for women in orchestral programming, this season Nadège's concerts will include works by Amy Beach, Jennifer Higdon, Mary Howe, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Missy Mazzoli, Leslie Opatril, Florence Price, Joan Tower, and Gwyneth Walker.


In the 2017-2018 season, Nadège served as Assistant Conductor to Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. In this role, she assisted on productions of Wozzeck, Lulu, Walküre, Madama Butterfly, Zauberflöte, and Stilles Meer, new productions of Fidelio and Parsifal, as well as for Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at the Elbphilharmonie, including performances with Hamburg's St. Michaelis Choir, and the International Musikfest Hamburg.

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). 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.


Nadège has led violin and viola concertos from the instrument, performed on baroque viola, played in a Piazzola tango group, and improvised in a jazz-raga trio. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, the Banff Centre, and MoMA summer music festivals as a soloist and in various chamber groups. She holds a Doctor of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Université de Montréal, a Diplôme de perfectionnement in contemporary orchestral conducting from the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, (Switzerland) a Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in viola performance.


Born in Canada, Nadège is also a citizen of the United Kingdom and United States.