After studying guitar under Prof. Anders Miolin at Zurich University of the Arts, Ervin Huonder was awarded his concert-diploma in 2008, receiving the honour “with distinction” for his final concert. As an important part of his education he studied theorbo and Baroque guitar as well as figured bass under Eduardo Egüez. Ervin Huonder received additional important stimuli in masterclasses with Hopkinson Smith, Carlo Marchione, Alvaro Pierri, Stepan Rak and Toshio Hosokawa.
His interests include discovering less well-known compositions for guitars und lute instruments, for which he won first prize of the Marguerite Meister Foundation in 2006.
In 2008 his outstanding work was recognised by the award of sponsorship prizes by Canton Graubünden and by the Eliette von Karajan Foundation.
Ensemble Quasi fantasia
Teaching diploma at the Winterthur Conservatory (Ch. Jäggin), teaching at the Musikschule Zürich, gives concerts, currently plays quint-guitar.
Teaching diploma in Mainz, Germany (Michael Koch), concert diploma at the Winterthur Conservatory (Ch. Jäggin), sponsorship award from Musik Saarbrücken, gives concerts, currently plays octave-guitar.
Teaching diploma and concert-certificate at the Winterthur Conservatory (Ch. Jäggin), teaching in St. Gallen, numerous concerts und first performances, plays 6- und 10-string guitars.
Studied guitar with Christoph Jäggin and Wilhelm Bruck in Karlsruhe; has been teaching since 1991 at the Zürich Conservatory.
“We met during our studies and later formed our quartet with the goal of acquiring music from ‘off the beaten track’ for our instruments, and making it accessible to an interested audience. We also broke new ground when we commissioned the guitar-luthier Ermanno Chiavi to build a special set of instruments: Analogous to other instrumental quartets we play octave-, quint-, terz-, 6-, 10-, and 13-string guitars. We arrange music especially for our instruments and also commission new compositions that can make use of our extended sound possibilities”.
“In Anders Miolin we are confronted with a true artist, who makes us forget that he is also a virtuoso because he has mastered that unusual quality and virtue called poetry.” Leo Brouwer, composer, conductor and guitarist, Habana, Cuba The highly distinguished artistry of Anders Miolin is characterized by a unique sound, a unique repertoire and a unique instrument. Anders Miolin’s excitingly innovative programs are boundless journeys in time and space, revealing new worlds of musical art. Through his worldwide concerts, master classes and several recordings for the renowned label BIS, Anders Miolin has won international acclaim as an exceptional artist of the highest order. Anders Miolin is professor of guitar at the Zürich University of the Arts Anders Miolin records with a Chiavi Guitar
Studied classical guitar in Winterthur (Christoph Jäggin) and Karlsruhe (Prof. Wilhelm Bruck).
His approach to music is characterized equally by intensive analysis of tradition, e.g. historical performance-practice, but also by an unbridled experimentation, which manifests itself in working with many composers, as well as in improvisation. In the field of contemporary music, he drew attention to himself with numerous premieres, including works by Klaus Huber, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Johannes Schöllhorn, Myriam Marbe, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Fritz Voegelin and Bettina Skzypczak.
He received further stimuli from the composers Dieter Schnebel, Fred Frith, Jürg Wyttenbach and Toshio Hosokawa. He does not hesitate to use instruments such as electric guitar, balalaika, banjo or to prepare his instrument to reflect the needs of composers. His love of old music and historical performance-practice led him to the study of the theorbo, a baroque bass lute and the art of figured bass.
Markus Hochuli appears as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous ensembles, as well as an additional instrumentalist in several orchestras. His concert career has taken him to Italy, France, Germany and Denmark. In August 2000, his first CD "MARSYAS" (a duet with Matthias Arter, oboe and baroque oboe) appeared on the German label "en avant records". He teaches at the Zurich Conservatory, and in 2001 was honoured for his artistic achievements by the Aargau Trustees with an award for artistic creation.
Jorge Luis Zamora
Born in 1966 in Matanzas, Cuba, Jorge Luis Zamora studied guitar at the University of Havana under Aldo Rodriguez. He completed his studies in 1985 with distinction. After his studies he took part in the most important guitar competitions. He was a prize-winner at famous festivals such as “Silesian Autumn” in Tichy, Poland, “Manuel Ponce” in Mexico, “Int. Guitar Festival and Contest of Havana” in Cuba, “René Bartoli” in Marseille. His most important honour was the first prize in the international guitar competition of Radio France in Paris. Jorge Luis Zamora is one of the most promising bearers of hope for Cuban music, which can be seen from the list of festivals where he has won prizes. His abilities are not only demonstrated by prizes won in competitions. Jorge Luis Zamora - still living and working in Havana, Cuba - is consistently being invited to the major guitar festivals. He has celebrated great successes in concerts all over the world. Of special mention are his appearances at Volos in Greece, at the “Guitar Week” in Paris, at guitar festivals in Madrid, Havana, Guatemala City, in Poland, Korea, China, the former USSR, the Czech and Slovakian Republics, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Hungary, France, Spain and Martinique.
His concert tours take him to Asia, Latin America and Europe. As a soloist he plays with various symphony orchestras, especially overseas, and of course in Cuba. His repertoire includes works by Bach, Brouwer and Barrios via Piazzolla to Rojas. Jorge Luis Zamora can combine European and Latin American composers with Afro-Cuban rhythms and joie de vivre - he offers his listeners classical guitar at the highest level, enriched with Caribbean undertones.
Christoph Jäggin was born in 1956 in Romanshorn (Switzerland). He studied classical guitar at the Winterthur Conservatory (teaching-diploma and graduation-certificate) and with Karl Scheit at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (1979 concert-diploma with distinction). His skill in interpreting new and old music resulted in him having works dedicated by many composers including Niccoló Castiglioni, Klaus Huber, Rudolf Kelterborn, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Yori-Aki Matsudaïra, Graciela Paraskevaídis, Harri Suilamo, Jacques Wildberger, Christian Wolff and Jürg Wyttenbach.
For many years Christoph Jäggin was a lecturer in the Winterthur Department of Zurich University for Music and Theatre.