Swiss conductor Michel Corboz has died on September 2 at the age of 87.He is well known as a choir conductor who an emblematic figure of the vocal art, had founded in 1961 the Lausanne Vocal Ensemble, which he directed for nearly 50 years.

Born in 1934, Michel Corboz studied at the conservatory of Fribourg, where he studied composition and solo singing, but quickly became attracted to conducting. In 1964, he met Michel Garcin, the artistic director of the Erato label, an encounter that would be decisive for the rest of his career. Michel Corboz made hundreds of recordings, among them the Requiems by Mozart, Fauré and Brahms, and the Bach Passions.

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