Born in 1987 in Detmold, Germany and raised in Italy, the Swiss Oboist Simone Sommerhalder had his first lessons at the age of nine with Remo Peronato and Prof. Hans Elhorst at the Conservatory of Lugano. Later he studied with Adriano Mondini at the Conservatorio “G.Verdi” of Como, graduating with highest honour, and with Diethelm Jonas at the Hochschule für Musik of Lübeck. He attended masterclasses by Francesco Di Rosa, Omar Zoboli, Luca Vignali, Maurice Bourgue, Hansjörg Schellenberger and Ingo Goritzki.
In 2006 he appeared as a finalist in the Eurovision Young Musicians competition in Vienna, performing W.A. Mozart’s oboe concerto with the Wiener Symphoniker, broadcast live on TV throughout Europe.
A former member of Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, and of the Orchestra Filarmonica “Arturo Toscanini” under Lorin Maazel, who appointed him assistant principal oboe of the newly founded orchestra of the Opera of Valencia in 2006. There he recorded Wagner’s complete Ring cycle as solo English Horn under Zubin Mehta. In 2010 he held the position of solo English Horn with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano.
His recording of Amilcare Ponchielli’s Capriccio with the Staatskapelle of Mecklenburg and Matthias Foremny for the MDG label won the renowned “Echo-Klassik-Preis” award in 2012.
Since 2008 Simon Sommerhalder holds the position of principal English Horn with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, and since 2016 he is a member of the Gewandhaus Woodwind Quintet.
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Principal oboe of the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera of Rome
On 2006 he appeared as a finalist in the Eurovision Young Musicians competition in Vienna
Principal oboe of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks of Munich. Professor at Univerisität Mozarteum of Salzburg
Principal oboe at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. Professor at the Hochschule – Musik of Lucerne
Ramon Ortega Quero
Two-time ECHO Award winner, is recognized around the world as one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation
Artistic director and principal professor. Principal oboe of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester
Alexei Ogrintchouk is one of the most outstanding oboists performing today
Former professor at the Conservatoire National SupErieur de Musique of Paris and at the Conservatoire de Musique of Geneva. Soloist
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