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Simon Fuchs

was born into a family of musicians in Zurich. A student of his father, Peter Fuchs, he graduated from the Zurich Music Conservatory in 1983. He won first prizes at the Swiss Competition for Young Musicians in Riddes on the oboe, followed by distinctions and prizes at the international music competitions in Geneva amd Milan and at the international music competition “Prague Spring”. He recorded several CDs for the label Tudor Records, i.e. a first ever recording of the “Quintetti” of F.A. Hoffmeister, as well as Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto under the direction of David Zinman for Arte Nova. Simon Fuchs has been solo oboe with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra since 1989; from 1984 to 1989 he held the same position with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his engagements as a soloist and chamber musician, Simon Fuchs has been a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts since 1999 and teaches masterclasses in Switzerland and abroad on a regular basis.

Emanuel Abbühl
born in Berne Switzerland - studied with André Lardrot and Heinz Holliger and received many major awards for wind instruments. He was principal oboe and/or soloist with the major orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Mariinski Orchestra, Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic under V. Gergiev, Sir C. Davis and performed chamber concerts with Heinz Holliger, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida and others. He was principal oboe of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and 2006 till 2013 principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2011 he has been Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music London. He is a professor for Oboe at the academies of music at Basel and Mannheim.

Jean-Louis Capezzali
studied at the Versailles Conservatory in France, where he received a gold medal and an honour prize. In 1979, after receiving the National Certificate of Aptitude to become an oboe professor, he was awarded the position of principal oboe with the Concert Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris. He was a prizewinner at the Geneva (silver medal, 1982) and Prague (1986) international competitions. In 1984 he was appointed principal oboist of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra based in Paris. In 1988 he was named oboe professor at the Paris National Conservatory of Music, and was also appointed oboe professor at the Lyon National Conservatory of Music where he currently teaches. In 2009, he was appointed oboe professor at the Haute Ecole of Music in Lausanne. Jean-Louis Capezzali enjoys a career as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing with leading ensembles and performing at music festivals throughout the world. In his master classes he represents the French School of oboe playing.


Matthias Racz

began his first musical training during his school days in Berlin. At the musical Carl-Philipp-Emanuel-Bach-Gymnasium he had the opportunity to study with Fritz Finsch, in these days professor for bassoon at the Conservatory Hanns Eisler. After graduation and numerous first prizes at the federal competition "Jugend musiziert", he continued his studies 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 German Academic Scholarship Foundation. At the International Bayreuth Music Competition "Pacem in Terris" in 2000 he received 3rd prize in the overall ranking of all woodwind instruments. In 2002, he won 1st prizes both at the international music competition "Prague Spring" and 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 Stage". Until today he has played countless concerts as soloist with renowned orchestras, including 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 include the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra and the major bassoon concertos by Mozart, Hummel and Weber and most recently with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and mainly French works for bassoon and small orchestra (both under the baton of Johannes Klumpp); these CDs and various recordings of TV- and radio broadcasters showcase his artistic accomplishments.
Since the start of his career, Matthias Rácz has been 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 at his academy project "Ongaku-juku Opera". Since then, numerous master classes have lead 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 has held the same position at the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly.
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Laurent Lefèvre
studied at the Paris National Superior Conservatory, where he received Premier Prix diplomas in bassoon and chamber music in 1987. First Prize winner at many international competitions - Toulon Competition (1988), Fernand Gillet Competition of the International Double Reed Society (1989), Geneva Competition (1995) - he has held the position of principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Paris National Opera since 1991.
Very active as a chamber musician, Laurent Lefèvre is a member of the Paris-Bastille wind ensemble and of the Claude Debussy wind quintet, a group which won the Jury's Special Prize at the Tokyo International Competition, as well as the Second Prize at the Munich ARD International Competition (no first prize was awarded that year). Recently he created with pianist Junko Oka "l’ensemble Minamo"


He frequently performs as soloist with prestigious orchestras such as the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, the Tokyo Mozart Players, the Orchestra of the Auvergne, Les Siècles, and the Paris Opera Orchestra, and under the direction of renowned conductors such as M-W Chung, Seiji Ozawa.
A frequent guest of important festivals such as Lucerne, Davos, la Roque d'Anthéron, la folle journée à Nantes, Tokyo et Bilbao, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Seoul Spring Festival and many others, he is often invited to perform as guest principal bassoon with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Passionate about pedagogy, Laurent Lefèvre taught at the Lyon National Superior Conservatory from 1998 to 2008. He has been on faculty at the CNSMD in Paris since 2012, and he has given master classes throughout  Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya), in Caracas, Venezuela, and at McGill University in Montreal.
Laurent Lefèvre has recorded the complete chamber works of Poulenc with pianist Alexandre Tharaud on the Naxos label, the Six Bagatelles and Ten Pieces for wind quintet of Ligeti with the Debussy Quintet, the Mozart Serenades and the Beethoven Octet with the Paris-Bastille wind ensemble, as well as the Devienne Quartets for bassoon and strings, all on the Harmonia Mundi label, and he also recorded Richard Strauss' Duett-Concertino, with clarinettist Jean-François Verdier and with pianist Emmanuel Strosser « le basson européen »

Stefano Canuti
was born in Parma, Italy in 1961 and started learning classical guitar aged 9, switching to the bassoon at 17 when he was taught by Ovidio Danzi. He joined the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra as first bassoonist, later moving to the RAI Orchestra of Torino. He has subsequently played with many orchestras worldwide, including playing solo bassoon with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado and principal bassoon with the Symphonica Toscanini with M° Lorin Maazel. Stefano teaches all over Europe, the USA, South America and China and currently holds the title of Bassoon Chair at the Conservatorio di Musica "Campiani" di Mantova. Many of his students are now working with major orchestras. In June 2004, he was invited to permanently collaborate with the Fundaciòn del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela. Since 2006 he teachs as professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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