Christoph Brenner

Having graduated in violin (with Françoise Zöldy-Pfister) and viola (with Christoph Schiller), he continued his studies with Christoph Schiller at the Musik-Akademie in Basel, achieving the Diploma in concert music, and with Piero Farulli at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He attended various Masterclasses, including those with Bruno Giuranna and Hatto Beyerle. Walter Levin's teaching was fundamental to his chamber music. At the same time, he also carried out university studies, graduating from the University of Basel in World History (with Markus Mattmüller) and Italian Philology, also earning a scientific qualification as a secondary school teacher. He has focused on teaching for many years, in addition to his intense activity as a chamber musician, orchestra member and soloist, leading him to be appointed as a teacher of viola and chamber music at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana. In 1999 he became Director General of the same institute. He was a member of the Artistic Committee for the Swiss Youth Music Competition for nearly 10 years, a post he left in 2009. In March 2010, he was appointed President of the Association of Directors of the Swiss University Schools of Music (Konferenz Musikhochschulen Schweiz), a role he held until May 2013. In his spare time, he is also an expert in national and international competitions.