The director of SUM
Christoph Brenner earned a degree in violin (with Françoise Zöldy-Pfister) and in viola (with Christoph Schiller). He continued his studies with Christoph Schiller at the Musik-Akademie Basel (Concert diploma) and with Piero Farulli at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He attended diverse masterclasses, for example with Bruno Giuranna and Hatto Beyerl and studied chamber music with Walter Levin at the Basel Music Academy. In addition to his musical studies he received a Masters degree in History at the University of Basel (with Markus Mattmüller) and in Italian Philology.
After several years of intense activity in chamber music, music education, orchestral and solo performance, he was appointed teacher of viola and chamber music at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana. In 1999 he became Director General of the same institute.
For nearly ten years, until 2009, he was a member of the Foundation Board and afterwards the Experts commission (Fachkommission) of the Swiss Music Competition for Youth.
From March 2010 to May 2013 he held the role of President of the Swiss Conference of Universities of Music.
In his spare time he participates in activities such as being an expert for national and international musical competitions.
The vice-director of SUM
Hubert Eiholzer played a crucial part in the transformation of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana into a University of Music of international standing. He has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Oxford, as well as a diploma in piano teaching from the Conservatoire de Fribourg.
He is interested in the way musical research can deepen our understanding of performance, composition and musical perception, and can be an important tool in the professional life of a musician – an interest he is exploring in close collaboration with musicians active within the Conservatorio. He played a key part in developing the profile of research within conservatoires, first as secretary to F&E – Profil der Musikhochschulen, a committee set up by the Consiglio Svizzero per le Scienze in 1995 and directed by Thürig Bräm, and then as co-organiser of the First European Conference on Research Relevant to the Work of Music Academies and Conservatoires (Lucerne, 1999).
In 2000 he was involved in founding the Centre for the Co-ordination of Musical Research at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne, which he directed for a short time before moving to Lugano. He is currently a member of the working party responsible both for implementing the PhD programme and for research within the Association Européenne des Conservatoires.
He is also active at at both the national and international level in working parties involved in the implementation of the Bologna Declaration within University Schools of Music.