Fréderic Théodoloz grew up in Grone in the Valais and was associated from childhood with the Valais brass bands La Marcelline de Grone and 13 Etoiles Formation B. He started playing the trombone at an early age. As a student of Roland Schnorhk at the Conservatoire Supérior de Musique in Geneva, he won prizes at national soloist competitions. In 1996 he completed his trombone studies with a diploma and in 2000 won the 1st prize for virtuosity.
Between 1996 and 2011 he played in various orchestras such as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, the Sinfonietta of Lausanne and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. He was second trombonist in the Porto National Orchestra and bass trombonist in the Durban Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aosta Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Orchester des Lumières.
In 2010 he began his conducting studies in Jean-Claude Kolly’s wind music directing class and graduated with a Master of Arts HES-SO in Music from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne. He continues to work with great figures in the brass band movement, including Robert Childs, Allan Withington and David King.
From 2009 to 2018 Frédéric Théodoloz led the Echo des Dent-Blanche des Haudères, a first-class brass band, and from 2012 to 2016 conducted the Brass Band Friborg. With this formation he won the title of runner-up at the Swiss Open Contest in Lucerne and the title of Swiss Brass Band Champion at the national competition in Montreux. The latter enabled him to represent Switzerland in the European Brass Band Competition in May 2013 in Oslo.
In addition to his diverse tasks as musical advisor, guest conductor and juror at home and abroad, Frédéric Théodoloz has been conducting the first-class brass band La Lyre in Conthey since 2015 and teaching in Valais.
He is co-director of the BPM Festival (Brass and Percussion Meeting) and leader of the Brass Band 13 Etoiles.
He has been the musical director of the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse Orchestra Academy since 2016 and works with renowned soloists such as Jeroen Berwaerts, Lionel Cottet and Giovanni di Angeli. From 2020 Frédéric will also be co-director of the Swiss Symphony Orchestra of the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse.