Swiss Chamber Soloists

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 2019/20 season he is Chief Conductor of the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester as well as from […]

Ilya Gringolts

Violin

The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts wins over audiences with his incredibly skillful playing and sensitive interpretations and is always seeking out new musical challenges. As a sought-after soloist, Ilya Gringolts devotes himself to the great orchestral repertoire as well as to contemporary and rare works; he is also interested in historical performance practices. His concert […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Sophie Lücke

Double bass

The bass player Sophie Lücke was born at Wernigerode (Germany) in 1988. She started her music studies with Janne Saksala at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin when she was 5. She got her Master at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Rinat Ibragimov class, in 2012. She went on studying with […]

Johannes Berger

Fortepiano

The organist and harpsichordist Johannes Berger, one of the outstanding organists and harpsichordists of his generation, was born in Rosenheim/Germany and received lessons on various keyboard instruments from an early age. He studied the Organ, Harpsichord and Church Music in Munich, where his formative teachers were Harald Feller and Christine Schornsheim. He then continued to […]

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 […]

Sarah Wegener

Soprano

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 […]

Matthias Würsch

Percussion

Matthias Würsch studied at the Basel Musik-Akademie where he got his soloist diploma; then he improved himself with Jean-Pierre Drouet in Paris. He used to play with many orchestras such as The Basler Kammerensemble, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva), The B.E.A.M., Ensemble Phoenix (Basel) and still Basel Concertino. As a soloist, he was invited to […]

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 […]

Olivier Darbellay

Horn

Olivier Darbellay was born in Bern in 1974 and started his musical studies at the Bern Conservatory as a cellist in the class of Patrick Demenga and Peter Hörr and as a horn player with Thomas Müller and David Johnson as his teachers. He completed his studies with Bruno Schneider in Freiburg, specialising also in […]

Diego Chenna

Bassoon

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 […]

Ernesto Molinari

Clarinet

The Swiss clarinetist Ernesto Molinari was born in Lugano in 1956. He studied clarinet in Basel and bass clarinet in Amsterdam and is an accomplished soloist on each of the instruments in the clarinet family. Numerous compositions have been composed especially for him, and his fearless approach to playing has inspired a new generation of […]

Thorsten Johanns

Clarinet

Clarinetist Thorsten Johanns is highly sought after and esteemed in equal measure for his stylistic versatility and keen communication skills as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and teacher. Aged only 22, he received his first engagement in 1998 as deputy principal clarinet in Essen Philharmonic whilst still a student of Ralph Manno at Cologne […]

Miro Hanauer

Direction

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Laura Marzadori

Violin

Laura Marzadori joined the Scala Theatre Orchestra as leader violin in 2014, at just 25 years. Before taking up this position she played only as a soloist and as a chamber music violinist, never in an orchestra. However, the commission members with Daniel Barenboim as its president, unanimously elected her as the Concertmaster. In this […]

Enrico Bronzi

Violoncello

Born in Parma in 1973, Enrico Bronzi is the cellist of the Trio di Parma, with whom he has carried on an intense concert activity since 1990 appearing in the most important concert halls of Europe, the United States, South America and Australia (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Filarmonica in Berlin, Konzerthaus […]

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 […]

Sari Leijendekker

Mezzo-soprano

Caroline Melzer

Soprano

THE STANDARD, Ljubisa Tosic, 27/9/2019 Caroline Melzer dazzles with her “clear, broad, and bright soprano“ (Eleonore Büning FAZ) and her unusually wide repertoire, ranging from big lyrical and jugendlich-dramatic roles to Operetta divas and contemporary works written specifically for her. She studied singing with Rudolf Piernay and Vera Scherr and song interpretation with Ulrich Eisenlohr […]

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 […]

Thomas Grossenbacher

Violoncello

Thomas Grossenbacher was born in Zurich and he is the First Cello solo at the Zurich Tonhalle. After studying the cello with TatjynaValleise, Mischa Frei and Claude Stark at the Zurich Academy, he got his teaching diploma. He improved himself with David Geringas at the Lübeck Academy and he got his virtuosity with distinction. Menahem […]