Ana Oltean

Ana Ioana Oltean was born in Romania. Following initial musical instruction at the Music College and Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca Ana joined the class of Heidi Indermühle at the Academy of Arts in Berne, Switzerland. In 2002 she was awarded her soloist diploma as well as the Eduard Tschumi Prize. Ana completed her Master’s degree in Music Intermediation at the Academy of Music in Trossingen while developing her skills on the transverse flute. In addition to her international activities as a soloist and chamber musician, Ana has initiated master classes for performers and teachers. Her book The Role of the Body in Instrumental Performance has attracted international attention and forms the basis of her teaching activities at various music academies and conservatories throughout Europe.

Kaspar Zehnder was born in Riggisberg, Switzerland. He studied flute with Heidi Indermühle in Berne and later with Aurèle Nicolet in Paris, Siena and at the European Mozart Academy. Kaspar Zehnder is in great demand internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. From 2002 until 2004 he was the musical director of the Zentrum Paul Klee museum in Berne. He is the principal conductor of the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra (since 2012) and of the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic, since 2018). From 1999 until 2020 Zehnder was the artistic director of the Murten Classcis festival, and of the klangantrisch crossover festival since 2015.

Vital Julian Frey was born in Geneva, Switzerland. In contrast to many conventional career paths in his field, Vital began to focus on the harpsichord early on, at the age of eight. He studied with Robert Hill in Freiburg, Christophe Rousset in Paris, and with Christine Schornsheim in Munich, where he received in soloist diploma. His private lessons with Gustav Leonhardt had a lasting influence on his artistic development. Vital Frey is a regular guest as at renowned music festivals in Switzerland and abroad. Since 2016 Vital Frey is the artistic director of the Bach-Wochen Thun festival.