Swiss Chamber Soloists

Jan Kobow


Berlin native and tenor Jan Kobow has been a recognized figure in the music world since winning first prize in the 1998 Leipzig Bach Competition. He has established an international reputation as a Baroque vocal musician and has been invited to perform worldwide by amongst others: Masaaki Suzuki, John Eliot Gardiner, Sigiswald Kuijken, Philippe Herreweghe, […]

Tedi Papavrami


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, […]

Ilya Gringolts


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 […]

Sarah O’Brien


Sarah O’Brien is an extraordinarily versatile harpist who proves that the harp is no longer to be confined to a narrow Romantic frame but has a voice of its own, from baroque to contemporary literature. Sarah O’Brien has been principal harpist with the royal Concertgebouw orchestra Amsterdam and the Munich philharmonic for over 20 years. […]

Alexandra Conunova


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 […]

Sarah Wegener


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 […]

Sérgio Pires


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 […]

Emanuel Abbühl


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 […]

Heinz Holliger


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 […]

Daniel Haefliger


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


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 […]

Claudio Martinez Mehner


Born in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martinez Mehner began his music studies at an early age at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid” in Madrid with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquín Soriano. In addition to his piano studies, he participated in the Spanish National Youth Orchestra as a violist and in the Chamber Orchestra […]

Patrick Demenga


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 […]

Diego Chenna


Diego Chenna studied with V. Menghini at the Turin Music Conservatoire and with Sergio Azzolini at the MHS in Stuttgart. In those same years, he played with the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester and the European Union Youth Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado, who had invited him to play in Lucerne Festival Orchestra and to cooperate […]

Marie-Lise Schüpbach


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 […]

Thomas Zehetmair


Thomas Zehetmair’s ability to skilfully 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 artist personalities of present day. His international career as a conductor is defined primarily by his position as Artistic Partner […]

Ruth Killius


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, […]

François Benda


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 […]

Jürg Dähler


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, […]

Gilles Vonsattel


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 […]