Swiss Chamber Soloists

Thomas Zehetmair

Violin

Thomas Zehetmair’s ability to skillfully blend his musical interests is unparalleled. He enjoys widespread international acclaim not only as a violinist, but also a conductor and chamber musician, making him one of the most prominent artistic personalities of today. Since the 2016/17 season he is Principal Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Founded in 1629, the […]

Ruth Killius

Viola

After studyind at Ulrich Koch and Kim Kashkashian and engagement as principal viola player at the Camerata Bern, Ruth Killius played as soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Camerata Salzburg, Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Symphony Orchestra, […]

Daniel Haefliger

Violoncello

A versatile musician, Daniel Haefliger is as renowned as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher as he is as organizer, lecturer and translator, and has also initiated numerous educational and musicology projects. As a cello player, trained by Pierre Fournier and André Navarra, he has performed regularly in important music centres such as Berlin, London, […]

Felix Renggli

Flute

Felix Renggli was born in Basel/Switzerland and studied the flute with Gerhard Hildenbrand, Peter-Lukas Graf and Aurèle Nicolet. He gave up his chair as a solo flautist with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen, to start a freelance career in the same position with several orchestras in Europe (Tonhalle Zürich, Festival Orchestra Lucerne, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Chamber […]

Jürg Dähler

Viola

Jürg Dähler, Born in Zurich, completed his studies on the violin and the viola at the Music Academy in Zurich with the highest honours. Various prizes and scholarships enabled further studies with Sándor Vegh, Pinchas Zukerman, Kim Kashkashian and Fjodor Druzhinin. That was followed by influential encounters with artists such as Brenton Langbein, Heinz Holliger, […]

Heinz Holliger

Oboe

Heinz Holliger was born in Langenthal (Switzerland, canton of Berne) on 21 May 1939. During his grammar-school education he already studied oboe with Emile Cassagnaud at the Conservatoire of Berne and composition with Sándor Veress. From 1958 he continued his studies with Yvonne Lefébure (piano) and Pierre Pierlot (oboe) in Paris. Between 1961 and 1963 […]

Ilya Gringolts

Violin

Ilya Gringolts studied violin and composition in Saint Petersburg and at the Juilliard School (with Itzhak Perlman). Winner of the 1998 International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini”, he was also awarded two special prizes for the youngest ever competitor to be placed in the final and the best interpreter of Paganini’s Caprices. Ilya has undertaken extensive tours […]

Lawrence Power

Viola

Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner. His artistry and penetrating musicianship gains him constant plaudits around the world, reflected in turn in eloquent reviews: ‘no musician today better equipped to play than the minstrel-like Power’ (Financial Times), ‘Power seduces you permanently’ […]

Hopkinson Smith

Lute

Born in New York in 1946, Hopkinson Smith graduated from Harvard with Honors in Music in 1972. The next year he came to Europe to study with Emilio Pujol in Catalonia and Eugen Dombois in Switzerland. He then became involved in numerous chamber music projects including the founding of the ensemble Hespèrion XX. Since the […]

Sarah Wegener

Soprano

Sarah Wegener approaches every role with intensity, as if it were chamber music. She enthrals listeners with the richness and warmth of her voice, for example in performances of Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Eliahu Inbal in Hamburg and Kent Nagano in Montreal, as well as in her War and Peace programme shaped around works by […]

Emanuel Abbühl

Oboe

Emanuel Abbühl, born in Berne, Switzerland, studied with André Lardrot and Heinz Holliger. He has received many awards and was a prize winner at the international competitions in Geneva and Prague. He was principal oboist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2006 to 2015 held the same position with the […]

Tomoko Akasaka

Viola

Tomoko Akasaka is a versatile violist who is appreciated for her extraordinary charisma and stage presence as soloist and chamber musician. She won numerous international awards, including the first prize at the 12th International “Japan Classical Music Competition” and the 3rd prize at the 53rd International Music Competition of ARD (2004). She has appeared as soloist […]

Sergio Azzolini

Bassoon

Sergio Azzolini (Bolzano, 1967) is an Italian bassoonist and music conductor. He studied from 1978 to 1985 at Conservatorio Claudio Monteverdi in Bolzano with Romano Santi and then at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, under Klaus Thunemann (until 1989) At this time, he was already a soloist in the European Union Youth Orchestra. Considered […]

François Benda

Clarinet

François Benda was born in Brazil, but his musical roots are in Europe. François Benda’s international career began in 1988, when he debuted as a clarinet soloist at Zurich’s prestigious concert venue Tonhalle and at the Victoria Hall in Geneva. In 1991 François Benda was awarded the Premio internationale per le Arti dello Spettaccolo in […]

Irene Abrigo

Violin

Winner of the 2015 Respighi Prize 2015, Irene Abrigo has made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, performing the NY première of the violin concerto by Dirk Brossé “Black, White and in Between”. In 2016 she also performs in Brazil the south America première of the Respighi’s Violin […]

Yuka Tsuboi

Violin

Yuka Tsuboi was born in Tokyo and admitted in 1944 at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. She studied the violin with Kumiko Eto, Hu Kun, Ana Chumachenko and Zakhar Bron and the alto with Jürg Dähler. She played au Royal Albert Hall et au Wigmore Hall London. Touring in Germany, she played the 3rd violin […]

Marie-Lise Schüpbach

Oboe

Marie-Lise Schüpbach was born in Zurich, where she studied oboe at the conservatory with Marcel Saillet and André Raoul. She went on to study with Heinz Holliger in Freiburg im Breisgau, where she graduated with honor. Her orchestral career began with the Cologne Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester. In 1979, she took the position of solo English horn at […]

Sérgio Pires

Clarinet

Sérgio Pires began his musical studies at the age of 8, and from 2007-13, went to the Academia de Música Valentim Moreira de Sá in Guimarães, Portugal, to study with Vitor Matos. He is currently finishing his Master Diplom with François Benda at the Hochschule für Musik der Stadt in Basel. Sérgio has won 1st […]

Urs Walker

Violin

Anton Kernjak

Piano

Anton Kernjak has received several awards and was a prizewinner at the international Johannes Brahms piano competition in Austria. An accomplished chamber musician, he has performed with different duo and trio partners throughout Europe, Canada, the USA and Japan. Some of his more notable appearances include the Tonhalle Zürich, the WDR Cologne, Wigmore Hall, London […]

Rosanne Philippens

Violin

Rosanne Philippens is an extraordinary communicator, with an innate musicality and an infectiously joyful yet sincere approach to music-making. She is in high demand across the Netherlands where she performs regularly in the major halls and series both as soloist and chamber musician. She is also a keen play/director and recently made her debut with […]

Sebastian Braun

Violoncello

Sebastian Braun was born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1990. He received his first cello lessons with Emanuel Rütsche at the age of five. He subsequently began his Music studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern in 2006. From 2007 onwards Sebastian studied with Conradin Brotbek at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart […]

Tedi Papavrami

Violin

When Tedi Papavrami arrived in France at a young age, he was faced with a country and a culture that were entirely foreign to him. Moved out of natural curiosity paired with a great yearning to master the French language – and also to overcome initial loneliness – he plunged into reading Stendhal, Proust, Flaubert, […]

Alexandra Conunova

Violin

Alexandra Conunova won in 2012 the first distinction of the Joseph Joachim of Hanover’s international violin competition : impressed by her master technique and her sensitivity, the jury unanimously commended her virtuosity. In 2015 ; while she was rewarded at the Singapour’s International Competition, she reached the final step of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in […]

Gilles Vonsattel

Piano

A “wanderer between worlds” (Lucerne Festival), Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. Comfortable with and seeking out an enormous range of repertoire, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the […]

Patrick Demenga

Violoncello

Born in 1962, Patrick Demenga studied at the Bern Conservatory, in Cologne with Boris Pergamenschikow as well as with Harvey Shapiro in New York and is one of today`s most sought after cellists. He appears regularly at the most renowed festivals and music centres throughout Europe, South Africa, the U.S., Canada, South America, Australia and […]

Edicson Ruiz

Double bass

Born in Caracas in 1985, Edison Ruiz decided to play the double-bass when he was just eleven years old. His first teacher and mentor Felix Petit guided him trough his studies in « El Sistema », the Venezuelan national youth orchestra foundation founded by José Antonio Abreu. At the age of 15, Edicson Ruiz took […]