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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): Erster Konzertmeister Bochumer Symphoniker, Konzertmeister Kölner
      • Albracht, Cindy: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Antcheva, Evelina: Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
      • Arzberger, Stefan: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Briner, Isabelle: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Hamann, Sebastian: chamber musician, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg/Br. and Hochschule Luzern – Musik
      • Hilton, Kirsty: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Juda, Iris: chamber musician, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
      • Kastl, Manuel: first concertmaster Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Staatstheater Nürnberg), Orchestra Mozart
      • Kunstovny, May: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Lang, Brigitte: assistant concertmaster NDR Sinfonieorchester
      • Peled, Benjamin: Royal Concergebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
      • Quenelle, Laurent: London Symphony Orchestra
      • Schied, Geoffroy: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Senese, Francesco: Orchestra Mozart
      • Summers, Timothy: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • zu Castell, Annette: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Second Violins

      • Altenberger, Korbinian (leader): first concertmaster Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Brind, Alan: London Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, European Camerata
      • Büning Tilman: Leipzig String Quartet
      • Commandeur, Michiel: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Fitz, Verena-Maria: Bayerisches Staatsorchester
      • Heubes, Christian: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Holthuis, Paulien: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Kagan, Maria: Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto
      • Kagan, Alexander: concertmaster NorrlandsOperans Symfoniorkest
      • Keramidis, Iason: Munich Philharmonic
      • Kisza, Paweł: section leader second violins Symphoniker Hamburg
      • Peters, Naomi: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Schmidt, Claudia: Orchestra Mozart, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe
      • Seiler, Kio: Zurich Chamber Orchestra
      • Tesini, Giacomo: Orchestra Mozart, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
      • Wosniakowsky, Katarzyna: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Violas

      • Christ, Wolfram (solo viola): soloist, professor University of Music Freiburg
      • Abasolo Candamio, Maite: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
      • Bremond, Florent: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Christ, Tanja: former Berlin Philharmonic
      • Hagen, Silvia: chamber musician
      • Hagen, Veronika: Hagen Quartet
      • Jacobsen, Volker: Professor Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, formerly Artemis Quartet
      • Muthelet, Béatrice: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Neher, Julia: solo viola Tromsø Kammerorkester
      • Niewöhner, Dirk: Vorspieler der Bratschen Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • Rossi, Danilo: solo viola Teatro alla Scala, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana/Lugano
      • Sachs, Raphael: SWR Symphony Orchestra
      • Steller, Chaim: assistanz solo viola Konzerthausorchester Berlin
      • Waskiewicz, Danusha: Orchestra Mozart
    • Cellos

      • Maintz, Jens-Peter (solo cello): professor Berlin University of the Arts
      • Hagen, Clemens (solo cello): Hagen Quartet
      • Benker, Claudia: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
      • Chuat, Iseut: soloist
      • Faludi, Stefan: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Grenet, Benoît: solo cello Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
      • Morin, Christophe: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Persichilli, Alfredo: solo cello Teatro alla Scala
      • Pfiz, Konstantin: solo cellist Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Polidori, Massimo: solo cello Teatro alla Scala
      • Ruge, Thomas: solo cellist Munich Philharmonic
      • von Gutzeit, Konstanze: solo cellist Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
      • von Steinaecker, Philipp: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Basses

      • Grenda, Slawomir (solo bass): solo bass Munich Philharmonic
      • Borsarelli, Paolo: professor Conservatorio Statale «Giuseppe Verdi» di Torino and Maastricht Academy of Music
      • di Ronza, Roberto: former assistant solo bass Munich Symphony
      • Gonzalez Seijas, Johanee: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Khachatryan, Hayk: Zurich Opera House
      • Kratochvil, Stepan: Munich Philharmonic
      • Ruge, Axel: assistant solo bass WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
      • Serra, Alessandro: assistent solo bass Teatro alla Scala
      • Vega, Victor: Munich Philharmonic
    • 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 Maja, Rui: Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (Lisbon) and Plural Ensemble (Madrid)
      • Gállego, Júlia: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Simeoli, Maurizio: former Teatro alla Scala
      • Tonelli, Chiara: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Oboes

      • Macías Navarro, Lucas (solo oboe): professor University of Music Freiburg, Assistant Conductor Orchestre de Paris
      • Heidinger, Dina: solo oboe Deutsche Oper Berlin
      • Pastor, Miriam: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
      • Schied, Emma: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Yoshii-Smith, Mizuho: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Clarinets

      • Carbonare, Alessandro (solo clarinet): solo clarinet Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
      • Alberola, Vicente: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Lattuada, Davide (bass clarinet): Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
      • Mo, Chi-Yu: London Symphony Orchestra
      • Schenkel, Raphaël: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Bassoons

      • Rácz, Matthias (solo bassoon): solo bassoon Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
      • Santana, Guilhaume (solo bassoon): solo bassoon Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern
      • Lohrer, Klaus (contrabassoon): Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer
      • Santi, Chiara: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Van Holen, Simon (contrabassoon): Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
    • Horns

      • Allegrini, Alessio (solo horn): solo horn Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
      • Gass, Ivo (solo horn): solo horn Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
      • Abächerli, Florian: Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
      • Asensi, José Miguel: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Castelló, José Vicente: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Heimann, Tobias: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Huber, Tobias: Essen Philharmonic
      • Kröger, Hasko: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
      • Russo, Giuseppe: Orchestra Mozart, Human Rights Orchestra
      • Wegloop, Jonathan: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    • Trumpets

      • Friedrich, Reinhold (solo trumpet): professor University of Music Karlsruhe
      • Berwaerts, Jeroen: Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, soloist
      • Dicken, Christopher: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Sadler, Matthew: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Tamiati, Francesco: solo trumpet Teatro alla Scala
    • Trombones

      • van Rijen, Jörgen: 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: solo tuba Staatskapelle Berlin
      • Røisland, Thomas: The Danish National Symphony Orchestra
    • Timpani

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

      • Friis-Hansen, Mathias: The Royal Danish Orchestra
      • Haeldermans, Mark: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Piechotta, Martin: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
      • Wucherpfennig, Dirk: Konzerthausorchester Berlin
      • Zonderop, Hans: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Harp

      • Gandino, Gaël: Bavarian State Orchestra
      • Christ, Sarah: former Vienna Staatsoper, chamber musician
      • Hoile, Emily: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Celesta

      • Cacciari, Enrico Maria: Zurich Opera
      • Takezawa, Eriko: Chamber Musician
    • Organ

      • Cacciari, Enrico Maria: Zurich Opera