International Masterclasses
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn and Piano
Musikinsel Rheinau CH
Juli 31 - August 6, 2023


Sarah Rumer, flute

Sarah Rumer has been principal flute of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva) since 2004. After studying with Günter Rumpel at the Musikhochschule of Zurich, she continued in Vienna with Dieter Flury. She won several scholarships, as well as the most important competitions in Switzerland, and was a prizewinner at different international competitions, for example, the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in Odense (Denmark), the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen(Germany) and the Kobe International Flute Competition (Japan), where she also received a special prize for her interpretations of Mozart. As soloist she has performed with the Tokyo Ensemble, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and she often performs chamber music, including at the Lucerne and Verbier Festivals. In the past few years teaching has also taken a prominent position in her career; she is professor of flute at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne, a founding member of the Masterclasses in Rheinau and has given masterclasses in Portugal, Japan and Korea. She has performed in countless radio broadcasts and has recorded a CD of works by Ferdinand Ries.


Bernhard Röthlisberger, clarinet

Studies with Thomas Friedli, Antony Pay, Michel Arrignon, Ernesto Molinari (bass clarinet). From 1993 to 2010 he was a member of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, since 2010 he is principal clarinet and bass clarinet of the Bern Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with internationally renowned conductors such as Jonathan Nott, Reinhard Goebel, Vasily Petrenko, John Neschling or Mario Venzago.
Highlights of recent years were concerts with Sabine Meyer, Hélène Grimaud and Maximilian Hornung, and the recording of the bass clarinet concerto by Othmar Schoeck with the Bern Symphony Orchestra for Musiques Suisses. He teaches bass clarinet and orchestral excerpts at the conservatories of Zurich and Bern.

Henrik Rabien, bassoon

Olivier Darbellay, french horn

was born in Bern and grew up in a musical family. He studied the cello at the Bern Conservatory with Patrick Demenga and Peter Hörr as well as the horn with Thomas Müller in Bern and Basel. He completed his horn studies with Bruno Schneider in Freiburg i.Br., graduating „with excellence“. Since his first prize at the „Tribune des Jeunes interprètes“ in 2000 in Lisbon, as well as being named „Soloist of the year 2000“ at the Union of French Radios Competition, he performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the most prestigious halls and festivals across Europe, North America and Asia.
Olivier Darbellay specialises as much in the historical repertoire performed on period instruments as well as in the contemporary repertoire, where he works closely with composers such as Holliger, Pauset, Gubler and Darbellay and regularly perfoms world premieres.
He plays principal horn with the Berne Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Darbellay is a dedicated teacher, holding masterclasses and workshops across the world, as well as professorships at both the academies of Lucerne and Lausanne.

Benjamin Engeli, piano

is one of the most versatile Swiss musicians of his generation. His career as a soloist, each week Benjamin Engeli commutes around 1000 kilometers by train for his many concerts, his teaching job at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium in Feldkirch, his various Jury engagements and his commitment as a father of a four-year-old daughter. His versatility is also reflected in his impressive piano repertoire. As a soloist he appears with renowned orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Benjamin is also a gifted chamber musician: as a member of the Tecchler Trio he won the 2007 ARD Music Competition, and is now appearing with the Ensemble Kandinsky and other musical partners in venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Vienna Musikverein. As member of the Gershwin Piano Quartet he likes to cross musical borders and is also active as an arranger of music by many different composers, ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Michael Jackson. Engeli hails from a musical family and started his musical education on various instruments at an early age. He studied horn at first before eventually concentrating on his principal instrument, studying with Adrian Oetiker at the Musik-Akademie Basel. He undertook further studies with Homero Francesch, Lazar Berman, Andrzej Jasinski, Maurizio Pollini and Andràs Schiff.

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