Ursula Koelner studied violin with Nicolas Chumachenco and piano with Annette Weisbrod. After completing her concert diploma in Basel with Hansheinz Schneeberger, she began her orchestral work in the Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra and later in the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. For almost 30 years she has been teaching at the Zurich Conservatory, which is now integrated into the Zurich City Music School. She also looks after students with a minor in violin at the Zurich University of the Arts and in their educational training. In her long teaching activity, she was able to inspire many children, young people and adults for music. Her own concert as a musician means a lot to her, curious, searching for more in-depth statements and larger contexts, Ursula Koelner is inspired by different styles and shows little fear of contact.
She plays early baroque literature on her baroque violin or gypsy music from Romania and Russia as well as tangos from Piazzolla and Swiss folk music with her TRIO D`ACCORDO. In 2004 she was allowed to premiere Franz Rechsteiner's liturgical solo cantata for alto, violin and organ at Christmas in the Jesuit Church in Lucerne. During the development and performance of the Concertino for violin, positive organ, string orchestra and timpani in 2017, Franz Rechsteiner was busy with his own new work, a violin concerto. At the end of the year he presented his work “musica lyrica” to Ursula Koelner, and now it will be performed for the first time.
Due to the uncertain situation regarding the COVID pandemic, the Grenzlos project will be postponed to spring 2022. More information and the new dates will be published on the website soon.
Christoph Croisé (1993*) is lauded for ‘delicate yet virtuosic’ playing (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘seamless subtleties of tone colour’ with ‘plenty of edge’ (The Strad). The Swiss-French-German cellist Christoph Croisé is quickly building an international reputation as one of the most captivating young concert soloists to emerge in recent years.
At the age of 17, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall, where he has performed on several occasions since. He also appears regularly in further world-renowned concert halls including the Tonhalle Zurich, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wigmore Hall London, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Residenz Munich, the Capella St. Petersburg, the Philharmonia St. Petersburg and the State
Christoph Croisé began playing the cello at the age of seven under the tutelage of Katharina Kühne. Since 2007, he has been studying with Alexander Neustroev and, as of 2013, with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Berlin University of Arts. He has additionally benefited from major artistic advice from Steven Isserlis, Michael Sanderling, David Geringas, Walter Grimmer, and Frans Helmerson. Christoph Croisé plays on a Goffriller cello made in Venice in 1712.
Born in 1986, Ruven auto-didactically got in touch with music from a young age and later on, at the age of eight, piano and drums set lessons started. It became clear quite fast that his focus would lay on Drums/Percussion and over the time, different projects emerged in which he could gain experience as a percussionist/drummer. Being 16 years old, Ruven Ruppik developed a strong interest in Western classical music and classical percussion; a few years later, in 2004 he won the national German competition „Jugend Musiziert“ in the category „Solo performance classical percussion“. He achieved the highest score and won the special price of the Japanese „Irino-Foundation“ for contemporary music and the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“. He started to tour as a soloist all over Germany. Switzerland, Japan, France etc followed. During the time of his classical percussion studies, where he mainly focused on contemporary music, Ruven got in contact with music from the balkan countries. He immediately felt connected to the traditional music from this region and next to western classical - or contemporary music he started to study and perform traditional music from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia etc.
Around this time he played and toured in various contemporary music projects and „world music ensembles“ all over Europe, China, Oman, Macedonia etc. In addition Ruven Ruppik had the great honour to work with very recognised artists from the Western classical music scene such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Peter Prommel, Martin Christoph Redel, Jaap van Sweden, just to name a few.
After his studies in Western classical music, he studied a bachelor of world-percussion in the worldmusic deparment of Codarts in Rotterdam and graduated with the highest mark and special honours. Additionally he studied a Master of Music in „North indian classical music - Tabla“ under the guidance of the great Tabla player Niti Ranjan Biswas and Bansuri Legend Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and graduated with „Cum Laude“. Ruven Ruppik expresses himself through different music styles such as Flamenco, Mediterranean Music, Ottoman Music, Latin/Brazilian Music and explores the rich world of North indian classical music.
Souvenir - a wistful memento of a past trip, a happy memory or an inspiring piece of something strange. Who doesn't know these little objects that you bring home! And they also exist in music: melodies from foreign countries, melancholy daydreams and exciting combinations of old and new.
Souvenir is a varied and exciting program from the Baroque to Brazil, played by a very special ensemble. The Young Zurich Harmonists bring together sixteen excellent young musicians and, together with the expressive soloist Valeria Curti, promise a high-quality and emotional concert experience.
Three young composers, 17 young music students and an exceptional pianist. It is well known that Mozart composed masterpieces as a child. But who knows the young Polish composer Karłowicz and who knows that Chopin wrote his touching and monumental first piano concerto when he was only 20 years old?
The Junge Zürcher Harmoniker play works by young composers from nearly three centuries, whose talents exceeded all norms. The maturity of the compositions and the variety of processed emotions fascinate and touch us to this day. All the more so when this music is played by equally young, talented artists.