Reto Bieri | Contrechant | ECM New Series 2209



Reto Bieri was born in Zug, Switzerland, in 1975, and grew up listening to Swiss folk music before discovering the world of classical music. He studied the clarinet with Francois Benda in Basel, and at the Juilliard School in New York with Charles Neidich. His subsequent musical development was also strongly influenced by chamber music lessons from composer György Kurtag and pianist Krystian Zimerman. In 2001 Bieri won the UNESCO-sponsored International Rostrum for Young Performers award, and since then has been invited to play all over the world, as soloist and chamber musician. He plays with various orchestras, such as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Moscow Radio), the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Tibor Varga Festival Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Schweiz, Orchestra Pablo Sarasate Pamplon, with conductors including Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kurt Masur, Roger Norrington, Tibor Varga and Howard Griffiths.

Reto Bieri’s musical partners include violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, cellist Sol Gabetta, pianists Mihaela Ursuleasa, Riccardo Bovino and Henri Sigfridsson, the Casal Quartett (Zürich) and the Tecchler Trio (Zürich). He also plays chamber music with such partners as Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Jacques Zoon, Dénes Várjon, Gautier Capuçon, Raphael Oleg, Carolin Widmann, Gérard Wyss, Peter Sadlo, with the following quartets: Carmina (Zürich), Casals (Barcelona), Johannes (Lyon), Petersen (Berlin), as well as with the Basler Steichquartett and the Altenberg Trio (Vienna). He has previously collaborated also with the Rosamunde Quartett, and projects in preparation include performances of Tigran Mansurian’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Violoncello with ex-Rosamunde cellist Anja Lechner.