Swiss Chamber Soloists



Giorgio Paronuzzi


Sylvia Nopper


Thomas Zehetmair


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


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


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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Ilya Gringolts


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


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


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 […]

Geir Draugsvoll


Geir Draugsvoll is internationally considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument, the bayan. Through collaborations with many composers, Geir Draugsvoll must also be characterized as one of the pioneers on this young instrument, and he has premiered a large number of works. This includes “Fachwerk” by Sofia Gubaidulina, which is […]

Sarah Wegener


Sarah Wegener approaches every role with intensity, as if it were chamber music. She captivates listeners with the richness and warmth of her voice, in performances such as Mahler’s 8thh Symphony under Kirill Petrenko in Bregenz, Eliahu Inbal in Hamburg and Kent Nagano in Montreal, as well as in her War and Peace programme shaped […]

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 […]

Tomoko Akasaka


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


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


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


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


Yuka Tsuboi was born in Tokyo and admitted in 1994 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


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


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 […]

Ronny Spiegel


Ronny Spiegel was born in Winterthur (Switzerland), in 1982. At the age of six he started taking violin lessons from his grandmother Katharina Hardy. In 1993 he got accepted to the Yehudi Menuhin School in London, where he was a student of Natasha Boyarskaya. Ronny has participated in numerous masterclasses with Yehudi Menuhin, Tibor Varga, […]

Urs Walker


Anton Kernjak


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 […]

Jan Golebiowski


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 […]

Rosanne Philippens


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 […]

Cäcilia Chmel


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


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 […]

Sebastian Braun


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 […]