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Members of the Orchestra

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA is an ensemble that brings together internationally acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, and music teachers, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala who exclusively perform works of the symphonic repertoire in this configuration. 

Since its founding in the summer of 2003, the first chair-principals who have played and/or continue to play together include such artists as the violinist Kolja Blacher; the violists Wolfram Christ and Antoine Tamestit; the cellists Jens Peter Maintz, Natalia Gutman, and Julian Steckel; the flutists Jacques Zoon and Emmanuel Pahud; the clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Alessandro Carbonare; the oboists Lucas Macías Navarro and Albrecht Mayer; the horn players Alessio Allegrini and Ivo Gass; the trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich; the trombonist Jörgen van Rijen; the timpanist Raymond Curfs; as well as the members of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and of the Alban Berg, Hagen, and Leipzig String Quartets. And the list goes on and on …

    • First Violins

      • Ahss, Gregory (concertmaster): concertmaster Camerata Salzburg
      • Christ, Raphael (concertmaster): first concertmaster Bochum Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart
      • Antcheva, Evelina: Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
      • Arzberger, Stefan: Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts
      • Briner, Isabelle: former Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Carreño, Alejandro: First concertmaster Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, first violin Simón Bolívar String Quartet, guest Berlin Philharmonic
      • Dausacker, Julia: concertmaster Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
      • Draganov, Daniel: assistant section leader Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra
      • Gavrikov, Semion: section leader second violins Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
      • Kastl, Manuel: first concertmaster Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Staatstheater Nürnberg), Orchestra Mozart
      • Matz, Anna: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Niebuhr, Hildegard: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Schied, Geoffroy: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Senese, Francesco: Orchestra Mozart
      • Weber, Yunna: Staatskapelle Berlin
      • zu Castell, Annette: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Second Violins

      • Altenberger, Korbinian (leader): concertmaster Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Baubin, Stephanie: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Baumann, Johannes: Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
      • Büning, Tilman: Leipzig String Quartet, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
      • Heubes, Christian: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Huang, Mei-Ching: The Philadelphia Orchestra
      • Iliescu, Adrian: first concertmaster Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
      • Kagan, Maria: Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto
      • Kisza, Pawel: section leader second violins Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
      • Schmidt, Claudia: Orchestra Mozart, Badische Staatskapelle
      • Seiler, Kio: Zurich Chamber Orchestra
      • Selzer, Fjodor: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Simon-Renes, Irina: chamber musician, former section leader second violins Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Tesini, Giacomo: Orchestra Mozart, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
    • Violas

      • Christ, Wolfram (solo viola): soloist, professor University of Music Freiburg
      • Abasolo Candamio, Maite: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
      • Christ, Tanja: former Berlin Philharmonic
      • Hagen, Silvia: chamber musician
      • Hagen, Veronika: Hagen Quartet
      • Linke-Holická, Barbara: chamber musician
      • Muthelet, Béatrice: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Neher, Julia: solo viola Tromsø Chamber Orchestra
      • Niewöhner, Dirk: assistant principal violist Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Pfiz, Marie Teresa: former Oslo Philharmonic
      • Rossi, Danilo: solo viola Teatro alla Scala
      • Tissot, Delphine: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Winkler, Jörg: solo viola Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, former solo viola Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Cellos

      • Fenjö, László (solo cello): professor University of Music Karlsruhe and Scuola universitaria di Musica Lugano
      • Hagen, Clemens (solo cello): Hagen Quartet
      • Maintz, Jens-Peter (solo cello): professor Berlin University of the Arts
      • Bonomini, Paolo: solo cello Camerata Salzburg
      • Chuat, Iseut: soloist
      • Eichberg, Hannah Suhyoung: Berlin University of the Arts
      • Faludi, Stefan: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Geminiani, Gabriele: solo cello Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
      • Grenet, Benoît: solo cello Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
      • Pfiz, Konstantin: soloist, Clemente Trio
      • Ruge, Thomas: solo cellist Munich Philharmonic
      • Steinaecker, Philipp von: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Basses

      • Stotijn, Rick (solo bass): Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Borsarelli, Paolo: professor Conservatorio Statale “Giuseppe Verdi” di Torino and Faculty of Arts Maastricht/Zuyd University
      • Di Ronza, Roberto: former assistant solo bass Munich Symphony Orchestra
      • Khachatryan, Hayk: Philharmonia Zürich, musicAeterna orchestra of Perm Opera
      • Kratochvil, Stepan: Munich Philharmonic
      • Moro, Rodrigo: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Ruge, Axel: assistant solo bass WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
      • Serra, Alessandro: Teatro alla Scala
    • Flutes

      • Zoon, Jacques (solo flute): professor Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, former solo flute Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe
      • Borges Maia, Rui: Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (Lisbon), Plural Ensemble (Madrid)
      • Grehl, Pirmin: professor Karlsruhe and Lucerne University of Music
      • Jeschek, Jill: solo piccolo Brussels Philharmonic
      • Simeoli, Maurizio: former Teatro alla Scala
      • Tonelli, Chiara: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Oboes

      • Macías Navarro, Lucas (solo oboe): professor University of Music Freiburg
      • Ortega Quero, Ramón (solo oboe): solo oboe Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Baltar Gardón, Roberto: sormer solo oboe NDR Radiophilharmonie
      • Frutiger, Martin: solo cor anglais Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, professor Lucerne University of Music
      • Heidinger, Dina: solo oboe Deutsche Oper Berlin
      • Pastor, Miriam: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
    • Clarinets

      • Carbonare, Alessandro (solo clarinet): solo clarinet Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
      • Bessac, Jessica: Orchestre National de France
      • Chiodi Latini, Christian: Teatro alla Scala
      • Cormani, Perla: Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, Alessandro Carbonare Clarinet Trio
      • Lattuada, Davide (bass clarinet): Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
      • Schenkel, Raphaël: solo bass clarinet Bremen Philharmonic, University of the Arts Bremen
    • Bassoons

      • Racz, Matthias (solo bassoon): solo bassoon Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
      • Santana, Guilhaume (Solofagott): professor University of Music/Saarbrücken, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Lohrer, Klaus (contrabassoon): Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer
      • Santi, Chiara: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • van Holen, Simon: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
    • Horns

      • Gass, Ivo (solo horn): solo horn Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
      • Asensi Martí, José Miguel: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Dausacker, Nobert: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Deuber, Pascal: solo horn Bavarian State Opera
      • Heimann, Tobias: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Huber, Tobias: Essen Philharmonic
      • Muñoz Toledo, Paulo: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
      • Siri, Andrea: Philharmonia Zürich
    • Trumpets

      • Friedrich, Reinhold (solo trumpet): soloist, professor University of Music Karlsruhe
      • David, Mark: Academy of St Martin in the FieldBerner, Sebastian: solo trumpet Staatsoper Stuttgart
      • Dicken, Christopher: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Sadler, Matthew: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Toro, Marco: solo trumpet Teatro alla Scala
      • van Hasselt, Wim: University of Music Freiburg
    • Trombones

      • van Rijen, Jörgen (solo trombone): solo trombone Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
      • Hampson, Mark: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Morandini, Daniele: solo trombone Teatro alla Scala
      • Verbeek, Alexander: solo trombone Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Tuba

      • Keller, Thomas: Staatskapelle Berlin
      • Polkinhorn, David: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
    • Timpani

      • Curfs, Raymond: solo timpani Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Percussion

      • Friis-Hansen, Mathias: The Royal Danish Orchestra
      • Haeldermans, Mark: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Kaszas, Mihaly: North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
      • Pilz, Christian: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Saveri, Gianluca: Tetraktis Percussioni Perugia
      • Wucherpfennig, Dirk: Konzerthausorchester Berlin
      • Zonderop, Hans: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Mendoza,Felix: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
    • Harps

      • Zimmermann, Teresa: Munich Philharmonic
      • Christ, Sarah: former Vienna Staatsoper, chamber musician
    • Celesta

      • Cacciari, Enrico Maria: Zurich Opera