Swiss Chamber Soloists

Jakub Jakowicz

Violin

Jakub Jakovicz learned violin with his father, Krzysztof, with whom he studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He was also the last pupil of Tadeusz Wroński. In 1998, to an invitation from Krzysztof Penderecki, he performed the composer’s Capriccio under the baton of Jerzy Maksymiuk at the Penderecki Festival in Cracow. […]

Giorgio Paronuzzi

Harpsichord

After the musical studies (diplomas of piano, harpsichord and composition) and University (Laurea in Philosophy) in Italy, Giorgio Paronuzzi continued its formation in the field of the baroque Historical praxis at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Winner of prizes of Composition and Harpsichord he dedicated himself since several years to the 17th – 18th century music, […]

Sylvia Nopper

Mezzosoprano

During her studies at the Musik Akademie Basel, Sylvia Nopper became very quickly a much sought-after interpreter for contemporary music. Many of the more than 150 works she has premiered were written especially for her, among them many works for the stage, which had sparked off her enthusiasm for music theatre and contemporary opera. Above […]

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

Ruth Killius studied with Ulrich Koch and Kim Kashkashian and was principal viola player of the Camerata Bern. She 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 […]

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

The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts wins over audiences with his extremely virtuosic playing and sensitive interpretations and is always seeking out new musical challenges. As a sought-after soloist, he devotes himself to the great orchestral repertoire as well as to contemporary and seldom-played works. He has premiered compositions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Augusta Read Thomas, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Urs Walker

Violin

Jan Golebiowski

Horn

Jan Golebiowski was born in Warsaw, where he completed his first musical education.He continued his studies at the Musikhochschule Freiburg (Germany) and Akademie Basel with Bruno Schneider and Christian Lampert. After his first engagement at the Staatsoper Hannover he became solo hornist of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. In addition to his solo and […]

Cäcilia Chmel

Violoncello

Cäcilia Chmel Geboren in Bregenz, nach Matura Beginn des Cellostudiums an der Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien bei Prof. Tobias Kühne. Lehrbefähigungs- und Solistendiplom mit Auszeichnung. Ein Austauschstipendium und ein Stipendium des Bundesministeriums für Wissenschaft und Kunst ermöglichten ein weiteres Studium bei Frans Helmerson am renommierten Musikinstitut Edsberg in Stockholm. Nach dem […]

Roberto González Monjas

Violin

Highly sought-after as a conductor and violinist, Roberto González-Monjas is rapidly making a mark on the international scene. A natural musical leader with strong vision and clarity, Roberto possess a unique mixture of remarkable personal charisma, an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and fierce intelligence. Roberto is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Dalasinfoniettan where his […]

Christian Elliott

Violoncello

Christian Elliott enjoys a varied career as chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist. He was appointed Principal Cellist of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 2016, with whom he has appeared as soloist and director. He is also a member of the Phoenix Piano Trio whose upcoming discs feature works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Niels […]

Kuba Jakowicz

Violin

Founded in 1994 by Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair, the Zehetmair Quartett now ranks among the world’s finest string quartets. The quartet is renowned for its refined, intellectual interpretations characterised by an pristine, uncompromising approach. The four virtuosos perform at an exceptionally high technical level, instilling in their music an exceedingly rare combination of […]

Hanna Weinmeister

Violin

Hanna Weinmeister was born in Salzburg in 1969, and whilst still at school she studied under Bruno Stein-schaden at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After matriculating she studied first under Gerhard Schulz at the Vienna Musikhochschule, and then for two years in the Master Class of Zakhar Bronn in Lübeck. At an early age Hanna Weinmeister […]

Sophie Klussmann

Soprano

With a voice that is warm, wide-ranging and dark-hued, and commanding a repertoire that extends from the baroque to the present day, German-born soprano Sophie Klussmann is in demand as a concert singer, as a recitalist and on the opera stage. In recent seasons her engagements have included a world tour of Mozart concert arias […]

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