Conductor Raymond Spons was born in Eijsden in 1970. His musical carreer started at the Rijks Muziekacademie in Gravensvoeren raymondspons(Belgium) and was completed at the conservatory of Maastricht where he graduated as percussionist and teacher. A while later, chamber music was added to his graduation forms. He had followed master classes with Rainer Seegers (Berliner Philharmoniker), Georg Breier (WDR en Bayreuther Festspiele) and Franz Lang (SWR Baden-­‐Baden).

His orchestra experience was gained in the Nationaal en Europees Jeugdorkest, which led to a contract at the Limburgs Symfonie Orkest as first perscussionist and stand‐in timpanist. Moreover, he works on a freelance basis with several other orchestras in the Netherlands and in foreign countries with world-­famous conductors, including Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symfonie Orkest, Stadttheater Aachen, and the Duesseldorfer Symfoniker

Next to his career as percussionist, Spons finished his study to become conductor in 2003 with Jan Stulen (Maastricht Conservatory). After following many different master classes with the Promenade Orkest and Het Brabants Orkest, he is currently employed in different orchestras as assistant or back­‐up conductor. As assistant of Jan Stulen, he conducted his first opera (The Consul/Menotti) during a co-production of the Conservatory Maastricht and the Limburgs Symphonie Orkest. Raymond conducted the Limburgs Symphonie Orkest in 2005 and 2006 during an annual series of carnavalconcerts, and has worked as assistant conductor for Ed Spanjaard during several performances of music of Charles Yves. He also conducted the educational project, Revue de Cuisine (LSO/theatre group ‘’Het Vervolg’’). From 2005 onwards, Raymond has become chief conductor of the University Orchestra Maastricht.

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