OrchestrAMATA TEAM

Members from three top-tier orchestras, Tonhalle Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich (Zurich Opera House), and Luzern Sinfonieorchester, will not only be part of OrchestrAMATA and lead as principal players in their respective groups, but also coach and train the orchestra members in selected sectionals. They combine exceptional experience at the highest level, pedagogical impetus and an inspirational presence, and will provide the best possible learning experience and support for all participating members. Last but not least, the joy of playing should be at the core of the whole project.

Ruxanda Ioana Gereb
RUXANDRA IOANA GEREB
VIOLIN

Ruxandra Ioana Gereb comes from Romania and started her violin lessons at the age of 5. After studying with Mihaela Tomescu, Nicolae Bilciurescu and Stefan Gheorghiu at the Bucharest University of Music, she switched to Adelina Oprean at the Basel Music Academy in 2006. There she obtained the master’s degree in music performance in 2009 and the master’s degree in music pedagogy in 2011. She learned her skills through masterclasses, among others, rounded off with Alexandru Gavrilovici, Semion Yaroshevici and Avy Abramovici.

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Mauel Oswald
MANUEL OSWALD
CONDUCTOR

Swiss conductor and violinist Manuel Oswald is the ideal example of a true 21st century classical musician: an artist who combines creative curiosity with his numerous artistic skills.

A prolific chamber musician and artistic co-director of the MOMU Chamber Music Festival, recent highlights include a tour of China with the Stradivari Quartet, performances with the Camerata Variabile in Switzerland and Croatia, collaborations with multipercussionist Pierre Favre, Bach specialist Rudolf Lutz, as well as directing the second edition of MOMU to critical acclaim.

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Fiona Milla Jäntti
Fiona Milla Jäntti
VIOLIN

The violinist Fiona Milla Jäntti is characterized by her musical versatility. Her artistic activities range from baroque to contemporary music. She is a laureate of several competitions. In september 2019 she was awarded second price together with her duo partner Ryo Yamanishi in the „European Chamber Music Competition“. In may 2015 she won an honouring prize for the best interpretation of a 21st century composition at the „International Knopf violin competition 2015“. In the same month she was also awarded with the „Edwin Fischer recognition prize 2015″ of the music university Lucerne.

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Isaac Duarte
Isaac Duarte
OBOE

Isaac Duarte is a co-soloist oboist and English horn player at the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich (Switzerland).
Born in Olinda, Pernambuco State, Brazil, he studied at the Federal University of Paraíba, was the first oboist of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Recife (Pernambuco, Brazil), and teacher at Centro de Criatividade Musical de Pernambuco (Center of Musical Creativity of Pernambuco) before starting his studies with Peter Fuchs at the Konservatorium und Hochschule der Künste Zürich (Zurich University of the Arts).

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sebastian schindler
Sebastian Schindler
HORN

Born in Leimen Sebastian Schindler´s teachers were Georges Delvigne, Horst Ziegler and Prof. Christian Lampert.
He began playing in the World Youth Wind Ensemble and the Bayreuth Festival Youth Orchestra before joining the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in 2003. He was also member of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra.
2003-2008 Sebastian Schindler was Principal Horn in the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Fiona WEB
FIÓNA KRAEGE
CONCERTMASTER

Fiona Kraege started to play the violin at age five and entered the professional study class of P. Amoyal at the Lausanne Conservatory at age nine. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in 1998 and her Master’s degree in 2002, whereupon she went on to study with G.Stuller and T. Varga. She was accepted into Z. Bron’s class at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste, with whose guidance she received her Konzertdiplom with special mention in 2006, and the Soloist Diploma two years later.

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Lev Sivkov
CELLO

Lev Sivkov was born into a musical family in Novosibirsk, Russia, in 1990. He began to play the cello at the age of five.
He moved to Basel, Switzerland, aged 16 to study with Ivan Monighetti, continuing his studies in Stuttgart with Conradin Brotbeck, and most recently in Freiburg with Jean-Guihen Queyras.
He also participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, Wolfgang Schmidt at the Kronberg Music Festival, Germany, and Ferenc Rados at the Prussia Cove Music Seminars, England.

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Michel Willi
VIOLA

Studien bei Aida Stucki Piraccini und Primoz Novsak. Meisterkurse bei Igor Ozim und Abraham Shtern in Los Angeles
1993/1994 Preisträger der Kiefer-Hablützel-Stiftung & des Schweizerischen Tonkünstlervereins.
1993-1998 freies Mitglied des Stadt-Orchesters Winterthur, des Orchesters der Oper Zürich, und der Bayrischen Kammerphilharmonie. Seit 1998 Mitglied des Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.
Mitglied im Niziol-Quartett Zürich 2000-2010
Mitglied im Schweizeroktett.

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Hugo Bollschweiler
CONDUCTOR

Heralded for his vibrant and enthusiastic music making, Hugo Bollschweiler has emerged as one of conducting’s outstanding new talents, combining warmth, excitement, and an ability to connect and engage with audiences of all ages. Hugo currently serves as principal conductor and artistic director of the Aargau State Youth Symphony Orchestra, the stadtorchesterSCHLIEREN, the Orchestergesellschaft Affoltern am Albis, the Orchesterverein Chur and the SinfonieON.

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