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hornroh modern alphorn quartet

About this Artist

hornroh modern alphorn quartet was founded in summer 2000 for an engagement at the Munich Opera Festival by four professional wind players from Basel with the intention of linking traditional alphorn music with modern, contemporary thoughts and playing techniques. Using original compositions, improvisations as well as commissioning new compositions, developing instruments, and staging concerts in unusual venues, this unique ensemble has since coaxed archaic energy, harmonic diversity, and delicate soundscapes from the iconic Swiss instrument. The results have included diverse productions such as the CDs zirp (2002), findling (2009), and gletsc (2015), and the programs hornroh inszeniert (2003), Hautmusik (2008), and hornOXER (2012), co-productions with Swiss Radio DRS, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival 2009, and Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso No. 1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wien Modern, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Balthasar Streiff

Jazz studies at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (trumpet, vocals) and artistic studies at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Further studies in Baroque trumpet without vent holes at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Co-founder of the internationally renowned project stimmhorn. Work in music, art, theater, performance, film, and literature. Various commissions and co-productions, solo productions. New developments in the making of alphorns. Teaching position at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts for alphorn and büchel.

Michael Büttler

Trombone studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and Frankfurt. Further studies in Baroque trombone at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Freelance musician with a focus on contemporary music. Numerous world premieres for trombone solo and self-productions. Member of the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, guest musician with the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt since 1989. Teaching position at the Basel Music Academy for methodology and the Alexander Technique.

Jennifer Tauder

BA at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and trumpet studies with Prof. Klaus Schuhwerk for a Master of Arts and Master of Performance with a minor in singing. Internships with the Symphony Orchestras in Biel, Bern, and Basel, as well as with the Kammerorchester Basel and Sinfonietta Basel. Teaching position at the Basel Music Academy for trumpet. Conducts the Brass Band Meltingen and the Musikverein Aesch.

Lukas Briggen

Studied jazz trombone with Adrian Mears and Nils Wogram at the Basel Music Academy. Trombonist with the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics, Marco von Orelli 5. Performances with Dave Douglas, Linard Bardill, Heidi Happy Joe Haider, Leonti, with the Swiss Jazz, Bodan Art, and Dexter Doom and the Loveboat Orchestras, productions at Theater Basel. CD productions with Phenomden, Claudio Puntin, Steffe la Chefe, Hayden Chisholm, Tom Swift and the Aeronauten. Teaching position at the Basel Music Academy for trombone in the jazz department.