Musicians


 
 

Caroline Delessert

Born in Switzerland in 1977, she grew up in the region of Valais. After a degree in music instruction in the Lausanne Music Conservatory (class of Brigitte Buxtorf), she enters the Zurich Music Conservatory having classes with Philippe Racine and Maria Goldschmidt. Being an accomplished musician, she obtains in 2004 the degree in concert performance with distinction, then the degree in orchestra performance one year later. During her years of studies, she improved herself through the master classes of Michel Debost and Philippe Bernold. Her passion for the orchestra repertoire leads her to play under conduction of Peter Eötvös, Howard Griffith, Ralf Weikert, Bernard Klee… Caroline Delessert is very concerned with the promotion of contemporary music and hence she contributed to the composition of the brand new «Ensemble Boswil», under Jürg Wyttenbach's conduction. She performs chamber music frequently. And she also contributed to the recording and composition of several contempory pieces of Swiss or international music. In addition, Caroline Delessert has worked on the interpretation and recording of pieces by the composer Guy Kummer-Nicolussi. The Trio Nota Bene invited her to record trios by Jean Daetwyler and with the “Zürcher Kammer Ensemble”, she recorded different pieces by Daniel Philip Hefti.

 


 
 

Pascal Reichler

Born in the city of Sion (Switzerland) in April 3RD 1956, Pascal Reichler is a classical and flamenco guitar teacher at the “Allgemeinde Musikschule Oberwallis (AMO)”. Graduated from the “Conservatoire Cantonal de Sion” (Master Alexandre Rodrigues’ class) and from the “Conservatoire Populaire de Genève”, he extended his studies for three years in virtuosity program and in several Master classes (Hopkinson Smith, Alberto Ponce,...).

He is the AMO guitar classes’ dean, where he also represented the professors’ board for four years. Pascal Reichler founded and still directs the “AMO” Guitar Orchestra,  has played in numerous concerts as a soloist or with different bands as “Concerto in D for guitar and orchestra by Castelnuovo-Tedesco” under Paul Locher’s conducting, the quintet “Fandango” by Luigi Boccherini with Camerata Lysi, Missa Criola, conducted by Hans-Rüedi Kämpfen,… He recently recorded the music of the album “Guitares Valaisannes” from the composer Guy Kummer-Nicolussi, which are preparing a new album. Pascal Reichler performs his activity as a flamenco guitarist and works with the percussionists Raphaël Pitteloud, Stephan Montangero and François Vlavel. He works also with others guitarists as Etienne Mayerat “El Niño de los Alpes “, Jose Torres “El Gurry“ and Manuel Castan. He plays for Alegria Flamenca dance school and with the dancers Alicia Lopez, Irène Gontan and Octavia de la Vega. He got specialized in the work of the guitarist Pepe Habichuela, from Granada (Spain).In 2011; he founds the group “El Trio Nuevo” with Andres Gil (cante flamenco) and Stephan Montangero (cajon). Since 2012, Octavia de la Vega regularly joins the trio for flamenco shows. Making the link between written music and oral passing on, Pascal Reichler is one of the few guitarists able to transmit and interpret this kind of music.

 



 

Manuel Voirol

Born in January 21ST 1975 in the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), Manuel Voirol obtained in 1988 the first certificate in violin, at the Music Conservatory of La Chaux-de-Fonds. At that time he became the youngest student in Switzerland to receive this distinction (access to professional classes). Following, he became a student of Master Tibor Varga, at the «Département Supérieur des Archets Sion » from 1989 to 1995, and studied at the same time at the Sion Music Conservatory to graduate in music theory, harmonics, counterpoint, piano, music history, analysis, pedagogy and singing. He continued his studies at the Bienne Music Conservatory and graduate in 1997, with the teaching diploma in violin, with high honours. Finally in 2000 he obtained a Master level 2, in concert for violin of the “Haute Ecole Spécialisée” in the city of Berne and at the « Haute Ecole de Musique et d’Art Dramatique ». As a violin teacher, his career led him to play throughout the world, with concerts in 2008 in Brazil with the pianist Francisca de Aquino (in Rio de Janeiro, Goiânia, Brasilia, Pirenopolis, Sao Paulo…), and in 2009 Manuel Voirol played also in the United States (New York and Harford). From 1999 to 2000 he used to be the violinist on tour of the group « Epis Noirs » in Switzerland and France. From 1997 to 1999 violinist of the Orchestral Ensemble of Malacuria Theatre group. From 1987 to 2002 he was also a solo violinist for various Orchestras in the city of Neuchâtel (ESRN, Orchestre Symphonique de Neuchâtel, Orchestre de Chambre de La Chaux-de-Fonds). From 1989 to 1995 Manuel Voirol worked with the Tibor Vargas Orchestra for several tournees in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany and Holland. In 2010, he was part of the Johannes Brahms Orchestra of Paris (France) and from 2001 to 2004 for the «Ensemble Instrumental Valaisan ». In all these years, he played also with different Swiss orchestras and the “Ensemble Parisien”. Since 2008 his career as an orchestra violinist led him as a holder and a substitute violinist in various orchestras in Switzerland and abroad working with “ORM Lausanne, Orchestre de la Riviera, Orchestre Symphonique de Neuchâtel, OS-M, Ensemble Ad Hoc, Orchestre de la Haute Ecole and Academy Tibor Varga”.





Yuram Ruiz 

Born in the city of Porlamar (Venezuela) in December 20TH 1984. He began his studies at “Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory» in Caracas with William Molina, his teacher, whom he followed to IUDEM University of Musical Study. He graduated in Venezuela at the Latin-American Cello Academy. In 2010 in Switzerland he got his bachelor at the «Lausanne Music Conservatory», subsidiary of Sion, in Marcio Carneiro’s class. After finishing his Master degree of interpretation, Yuram Ruiz, in 2013, obtained additionally a Master in instrumental pedagogy and became the Young Musicians Orchestra director of the Lugano Italian Swiss Conservatory. His musical experience led him to play under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle. He took part in different tours that led him to play at the Berlin Philharmonic (Germany), the Vienna Philharmonic (Austria), La Scala Theatre in Milan (Italy), the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), the Beethoven Festival in Bonn (Germany), and the Martha Argerich Festival (Argentina).

 

 




Stephan Montangero

Born in the village of Nendaz (Switzerland) in April 29TH 1970, Stephan is a musician of "world music" specializing in drums of India.

He studied tabla for 20 years under the leadership of two great masters; Pdt Ishwar Lal Mishra (Disciple of the legend, Pdt Anokhe Lal Mishra, Banaras Gharana) and Pdt Nayan Ghosh (son of Bhushan Nikhil Ghosh). Renowned as a soloist and accompanist, he has worked with internationally renowned artists as Ustad Ali Abbas Khan, Krishna Bhat, Amit Chakraborty, Sujay Bobade,… He is known for his diligent practice, the depth of sound, speed control and technical agility in classical tabla.

Stephan is a Andalusian Flamenco cajon player. He is accompanying several music groups as El nuevo trio, Son del Sur, and dance groups as Flamenco Alegria.

 




 

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