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Reto Reichenbach,
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 Reto Reichenbach

Reto Reichenbach was born in 1974 and grew up in Turbach, near Gstaad (Switzerland). After studying the piano with Roland Neuhaus and Katalin Stojanovits at his local music school he entered the Berne Conservatory in 1990, where he became a pupil of Tomasz Herbut. He obtained his undergraduate diploma (piano pedagogy) in 1994 and the graduate diploma (performance) in 1996. For the latter he was awarded the Eduard-Tschumi-Prize for the best graduation of the year. In the same year he was also the recipient of an award from the Swiss Bank Corporation which enabled him to start pursuing further training in the United States. There he studied with Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and with Boris Berman at the Yale University, where he also worked in masterclasses with Claude Frank and Peter Frankl. In summer 2000 he returned to Switzerland, where he has since been living as a freelancing pianist in the Basle area.

Reto Reichenbach is cultivating a broad repertoire which ranges from the Baroque era up to contemporary music, with a certain emphasis on Romantic and 20th century composers. He is also passionately pursuing chamber music, both as a vocal accompanist and as a participant in larger ensembles. This all-round artistic activity opened him the doors to numerous concert performances in Switzerland as well as in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the USA. Milestones for him were engagements at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Interlaken Music Festival, the Orpheum Music Festival in the Tonhalle Zurich, the "Basler Musik Forum" and the festival "Young Artists in Concert" in Davos. As a soloist Reto Reichenbach performed with many orchestras, such as the European Youth Orchestra Darmstadt, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Romanian "OLTENIA" Philharmonic Orchestra di Craiova, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Switzerland, the Berne Symphony Orchestra, the Berne Conservatory Orchestra and the Orchestra of the International Menuhin Music Academy (Camerata Lysy). Several times, Reto Reichenbach played for broadcasting programs; among others for Swiss Radio DRS 2, Radio de la Suisse Romande and Radio Astra.

Reto Reichenbach has been prizewinner at the International Piano Competition for 20th Century Music in Orléans (France), the International Piano Competition of the City of Cantù (Italy), the Swiss Young Musicians Competition in Berne and the Jecklin Competition in Zurich. Furthermore, he has received scholarship awards from the Stanley-Johnson, Kiefer-Hablitzel, Ernst-Göhner and Josef-Pembaur foundations. In 2002 he was awarded as "Outstanding Young Person" by the Junior Chamber of Switzerland.

 

 

 

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