International Masterclasses
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn and Harp
Musikinsel Rheinau CH
August 5-11, 2018

Sarah Rumer, Flute
Sarah Rumer has been principal flute of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva) since 2004. After studying with Günter Rumpel at the Musikhochschule of Zurich, she continued in Vienna with Dieter Flury. She won several scholarships, as well as the most important competitions in Switzerland, and was a prizewinner at different international competitions, for example, the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in Odense (Denmark), the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen(Germany) and the Kobe International Flute Competition (Japan), where she also received a special prize for her interpretations of Mozart. As soloist she has performed with the Tokyo Ensemble, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and she often performs chamber music, including at the Lucerne and Verbier Festivals. In the past few years teaching has also taken a prominent position in her career; she is professor of flute at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne, a founding member of the Masterclasses in Rheinau and has given masterclasses in Portugal, Japan and Korea. She has performed in countless radio broadcasts and has recorded a CD of works by Ferdinand Ries.

Pamela Stahel, Flute / Piccolo
Pamela Stahel spent her youth in the USA. Growing up in a musical family, she began the violin at the age of five. Several years later she discovered the flute which quickly became her main interest. Later she went on to study music performance with Bernard Z.Goldberg, Soloflutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Studies with William Hebert, Julius Baker as well as masterclasses with Marcel Moyse furthered her education. Her first orchestral experience included engagements with various American orchestras such as the Canton & Akron Symphonies & Fort Wayne Philharmonic as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony. The development of a European career began in Zurich where she intensified both solo and orchestral studies with Andre Jaunet. Invitations to guest in Switzerland followed with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra DRS for Swiss Television & Virtuosi di Praga as well as with other European orchestras. Her engagement with the Philharmonia Zurich; the Zurich Opera Orchestra, started in 1990. Currently she works with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Zubin Metha, Bernard Haitink, Franz Welser-Most & Christoph von Dohnanyi. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Stahel performs with various ensembles such as the Labyrinth Ensemble, ensemble kontraste zh, chamber soloists lucerne, the yofin ensemble & opera nova which involves projects on historical instruments, premiers of contemporary works and crossover. Previously Ms.Stahel taught at the Music Conservatory of Lucerne. She is devoted to furthering young musicians and presently teaches a piccolo and chamber music class at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Lucas Macias Navarro, Oboe
Lucas Macias is the Principal Oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, under Mariss Jansons, and of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Born in 1978 in Valverde del Camino, Spain, he began studying music at the age of 9 at the Huelva Conservatory. In 1995 he took lessons from T. Indermuhle at the Zurich Conservatory. After two years he was chosen by Heinz Holliger for the Soloist diplomat at the Conservatory of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany). He completed his studies at the Karajan Academy with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and in Geneva with Maurice Bourgue.
He won first prize in the Swiss National Competition in Riddes (Concours National d'Execution Musicale), the Giuseppe Tomassini International Competition for Oboe (Petritoli, Italy) and the International Oboe Competition of Tokyo in 2006, organised by the Sony Music Foundation. For many years he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, where he played with conductors such as P. Boulez, S. Ozawa and Claudio Abbado. After playing with Claudio Abbado he was asked to become the Principal Oboist of Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, which Abbado conducts. He has also played with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as Principal Oboist, as well as in the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra etc. As a soloist and chamber music player, he has played with Claudio Abbado, Heinz Holliger, Ton Koopman, Till Fellner, Jacques Zoon, N. Chumachenko, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, Camerata Bern, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists.
Since october 2012, Lucas is Professor at the Hochschule fur Musik Freiburg.

Bernhard Röthlisberger, Clarinet
Studies with Thomas Friedli, Antony Pay, Michel Arrignon, Ernesto Molinari (bass clarinet). From 1993 to 2010 he was a member of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, since 2010 he is principal clarinet and bass clarinet of the Bern Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with internationally renowned conductors such as Jonathan Nott, Reinhard Goebel, Vasily Petrenko, John Neschling or Mario Venzago. Highlights of recent years were concerts with Sabine Meyer, Hélène Grimaud and Maximilian Hornung, and the recording of the bass clarinet concerto by Othmar Schoeck with the Bern Symphony Orchestra for Musiques Suisses. He teaches bass clarinet and orchestral excerpts at the conservatories of Zurich and Bern.

Matthias Racz, bassoon
studied with Prof. Dag Jensen at the University of Music and Theatre in Hanover and received various grants, such as scholarships by the ‘Jürgen Ponto Foundation’, the ‘Villa Musica’, the ‘PE Promotion for Students of Music’ and the ‘Study Foundation of the German people’. At the International Bayreuth Music Competition ‘Pacem in Terris’ in 2000 he received the 3rd prize in the overall ranking of all woodwind instruments. In 2002, the 1st prize at the International Music Betting competition "Prague Spring" followed and the same year he won also the International ARD Music Competition in Munich. Matthias Rácz made his debut as a soloist at the age of 15 with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra in the German television production "Young Artists on the podium". Until today numerous concerts as soloist with renowned orchestras followed, among these the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble Resonanz. As soloist with various ensembles and as well for solo recitals he was guest soloist at many important music festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the Mozart Festival Schwetzingen and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
His CD productions document his work, as well as the recordings of various TV- and radio broadcasters.
Since the start of his career Matthias Rácz is highly engaged in the advancement of young talents. Despite his young age, he was invited in 2003 by Maestro Seiji Ozawa to Japan as a lecturer to his academy project ‘Ongaku-juku Opera’. Since then numerous master classes are leading him around the globe. Moreover he is artistic director for bassoon at ‘The Muri Competition’ in Switzerland and holds the chair for bassoon at the Zurich University of the Arts.
At 21, he was already principal bassoonist of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne. Since 2003 he is in the same position in the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly.

Olivier Darbellay, French Horn
was born in Bern and grew up in a musical family. He studied the cello at the Bern Conservatory with Patrick Demenga and Peter Hörr as well as the horn with Thomas Müller in Bern and Basel. He completed his horn studies with Bruno Schneider in Freiburg i.Br., graduating „with excellence“. Since his first prize at the „Tribune des Jeunes interprètes“ in 2000 in Lisbon, as well as being named „Soloist of the year 2000“ at the Union of French Radios Competition, he performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the most prestigious halls and festivals across Europe, North America and Asia.
Olivier Darbellay specialises as much in the historical repertoire performed on period instruments as well as in the contemporary repertoire, where he works closely with composers such as Holliger, Pauset, Gubler and Darbellay and regularly perfoms world premieres.
He plays principal horn with the Berne Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Darbellay is a dedicated teacher, holding masterclasses and workshops across the world, as well as professorships at both the academies of Lucerne and Lausanne.

Anne Bassand, Harp
Anne Bassand studies the harp with Catherine Eisenhoffer, then with Marie-Claire Jamet, before perfecting with Susann McDonald at the University of Indiana (USA). She also benefited from the teaching of Pierre Jamet and of the pianist György Sebök. In 1992, she is a prize-winner of the International Harp Competition of the United States. Fascinated by contemporary music, she is a member of the "Ensemble Contrechamps" in Geneva. She played in festivals such as: Festival der Zukunft in Ernen, Autumn festival in Paris, Festival "Wien Modern", Festival of Witten, Neue Tag für Musik in Zürich, Archipel festival in Geneva. She teaches the harp Musikhochschule of Lucerne and chamber music in the "Haute Ecole de Musique" of Lausanne.

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