Music

I studied the recorder with Hans-Martin Linde at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, before completing my formal studies in Belgium with Bart Kuijken, Paul van Nevel and Paul Dombrecht at the Royal Conservatoires in Antwerp and Brussels, where I was awarded diplomas for recorder (1974) and chamber music (1975).

With my ensembles Duo/Trio Basiliensis I have performed in most European countries, the United States and South Africa, and my recordings have been well received, being singled out for their stylish performances.

Throughout my teaching career I have campaigned vigorously for the recorder as a real instrument, and over the years have championed it and its music uncompromisingly. While still in Belgium I taught at the Conservatoire in Antwerp,  and, on my return to Switzerland, at the conservatoires of Zurich and Berne and the teachers‘ training college in Fribourg. From 1990 I lived and worked for 18 years in England where I held teaching posts at Roedean School and Christ‘s Hospital. I also gave regular courses at West Dean College near Chichester.

In the 1990s I became increasingly fascinated by the early sources and their  practical application in the recorder repertoire. My performances of the English repertoire in particular has been strongly influenced by the recorder and flageolet tutors of the 17th and 18th centuries. The performace style which I developed from this research has been, gratifyingly, much admired. I have published articles reflecting this research and have edited a definitive edition of the solo recorder works of Jacques Paisible, which was published by Dolce. The research is also reflected in a CD recording,  with music from the Sibley manuscript (click here for more details)