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Fabio di Càsola studied in Geneva, where he won first prize in the 1990 CIEM International Music Competition. After winning a number of other important competitions, he was voted "Swiss Musician of the Year". He has performed with many leading orchestras and appeared at the Berlin Festival under Claudio Abbado. Di Cásola was principal clarinet with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and performed as soloist with the Russian Chamber Philharmonia of St. Petersburg. He is Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at the University of the Arts in Zurich.



Dag Jensen studied in Oslo and Hanover. He has been principal bassoon with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He has twice won the ARD Music Competition in Munich. As an internationally demanded soloist and chamber musician, he is a member of renowned Ensembles such as the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and the Villa Musica Ensemble. He is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover.



Paul Meisen studied in Detmold and Zurich. He was principal flautist with the Hamburg State Philharmonic and the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich. Awarded first prize in the ARD Music Competition, he has appeared all over the world with such eminent conductors as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Eugen Jochum and Karl Richter. He was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in 1972, later  transferring to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He has also been a visiting professor at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo.



Dorothee Oberlinger studied in Cologne, Amsterdam and Milan. Awarded the Echo Klassik Prize in 2008, she gives concerts all over the world, including appearances with her own Ensemble 1700 and with well-known Baroque ensembles and orchestras such as I Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Musica Antiqua Köln, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and London Baroque. Her CD recordings have invariably received the highest praise from the specialist press. She is a professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, where she is head of the institute for Early Music.



Willem van Merwijk studied the classical saxophone in Utrecht. He is co-founder and baritone saxophonist with the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. A member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and artistic director of the Wind Ensemble of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he is a professor at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, at the ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem as well as at Utrecht’s School of the Arts. He is also active as a composer.



Nick Shay Deutsch was born in Israel and studied in Sydney, Melbourne and Trossingen. As a soloist and chamber musician he is in demand both at home and abroad and is a member of the Hindemith Quintet and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He appears regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Israel Philharmonic and Ensemble Modern. He was principal oboist with the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra and Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik in Mainz. He is now a professor at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre.


  Musikhochschule Münster
Stephan Froleyks is Professor of Percussion and sub-dean at the Musikhochschule in Münster. He studied music in Hanover and Essen and is now active as a composer, performer, writer and curator. As a percussionist he gives concerts at home and abroad. He has also taken part in many radio broadcasts and made numerous CD recordings. He has received commissions from the Arts Foundation of North-Rhine Westphalia and the Donaueschingen Music Festival.