SSWO

The "Swiss Symphonic Wind Orchestra" (SSWO), founded in 2021 - in defiance of the pandemic - has set itself the goal of living out the symphonic facets of the wind orchestra sound and to delight both connoisseurs and new discoverers with its music performed with charm, charisma and liveliness.

The dynamic body of the "Swiss Symphonic Wind Orchestra" is a professionally led symphonic wind orchestra with about 60 musicians, which combines the highest musical quality with thrilling esprit. The extensive symphonic wind band repertoire with its impressive richness of sound is known to only a few concertgoers. Numerous wonderful original compositions are appreciated only by an initiated circle of fans, are hardly performed and lead a shadowy existence next to the popularly known folk and entertaining wind band repertoire.

The SSWO makes it possible to experience how high-level, fascinating and thrilling a concert visit by a symphonic wind orchestra can be. To underline its uniqueness, the orchestra programmatically puts a Focus on high quality trouvailles of the sinfonic wind band literature from Switzerland. In order to achieve a balanced program, these Swiss works are combined with international highlights of the wind band repertoire to create innovative and exciting programs. Through the selective commissioning of Swiss composers, the domestic fund of high-quality original literature for symphonic wind orchestra is to be continuously expanded. The works are commented directly in concert so that the audience can fully immerse itself in the world of the pieces.

As a fixed ensemble, the "Swiss Symphonic Wind Orchestra" performs at least one or two concert projects per year. Performances at renowned "classical" concert orchestrasand festivals are just as much a part of this as refreshing performances in unknown and unexpected locations. Thanks to video recording, the concerts can also be made accessible regardless of time. You broadcast beyond the live performance and are subsequently available for re-listening in the digital archive.

Project dossier

All important information about the Swiss Symphonic Wind Orchestra can also be found in our dossier. 

Niki Wüthrich

Conductor, Artistic Director

Die langjährige Erfahrung von Niki Wüthrich als Dirigent der Blasorchester der Stadtmusik St.Gallen und der Stadtmusik Zürich kombiniert mit seiner Musikmanagementerfahrung sind die ideale Basis für eine erfolgreiche künstlerische Leitung des «Swiss Symphonic Wind Orchestras». Als vielseitiger und leidenschaftlicher Musiker liegen Niki Wüthrich Konzerte mit einem besonderen Augenmerk auf eine spannende Programmkonzeption und auf spartenübergreifende Bezüge besonders am Herzen.

As a conductor, he looks back on many successful concerts with formations such as the Camerata Switzerland, the symphony orchestra con brio, the Solothurn Youth Wind Orchestra or the SGBV Wind Orchestra. In 2010 he reached the semi-finals of the 6th Swiss Conducting Competition.

He completed his studies in conducting and trombone at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern.

Orchestra

The 60-strong orchestra is made up of professional musicians in the lead positions and ambitious musical talents. In addition to the required instrumental qualifications, our musicians share a passion for symphonic wind music and are motivated to exchange ideas in the register.

Many ambitious and successful wind instrumentalists have the motivation to join an orchestra, but for many reasons cannot or do not want to find the time to commit themselves to an association with weekly rehearsals. The "Swiss Symphonic Wind Orchestra" (SSWO) offers these musicians the opportunity to work on one or two concert programs per year under professional direction and in cooperation with professional vocalists. In addition to concerts with a full orchestra, smaller chamber music wind ensembles are also conceivable.

Barbara Seiler, Stimmführerin
Celine Endras
Ulrich Peintner
Stefan Ledergerber
Lara Salamon, Piccolo

Catarina Castro, Stimmführerin
Karin Schwitter, Englischhorn

Joel Cardoso, Stimmführer
Annemarie Stoessel
Michaela Wiederkehr
Ferenc Baki, Es-Klarinette
Greta Egger
Roger Bebie
Marcel Schoch
Walter Bosshard
Silvan Bucher
Simon Troxler
Peter Schilling
Martina Feusi
Maria Zihlmann
Christian Hitz, Bassklarinette

Christian Sandgaard, Stimmführer
Michelle Sägesser
Fabio Signer
Fréderic Vogel

Fabian Grimm, Stimmführer
Pascale Gubler

Keita Kitade, Stimmführer
Marc Kammerer
Roland Doldt
Janine Durot
Ursi Obermayr
Seline Brüngger

Mats Janett, Stimmführer
Christoph Büchi
Leandra Bänziger
David Solari

José Oswaldo Parra García, Stimmführer
Thomas Bucheli
Dominique Engel
Markus Grando
Thomas Meyer, Bassposaune

Irmgard Ripfel, Stimmführerin
Urs Ineichen
Florian Weibel

Simon Styles, Stimmführer
Monika Müller
Fabienne Trebo

Manuel Leuenberger, Stimmführer
Gabriel Muñoz
Silvan Gehrig
Lotta Ramseyer
Noah Charef

Masahiro Vermeer, Stimmführer
Balz Müller

Willy Beutler
Olivia Huggel (Sprecherin)

Be part of something great

Our voice leaders

Our professional musicians lead the orchestra through the programme with great passion. Get to know them better here.

Barbara Seiler

Flute

Catarina Castro

Oboe

Joel Cardoso

Clarinet

Christian Sandgaard

Saxophone

Fabian Grimm

Fagott

Keita Kitade

Trumpet

Mats Janett

Bugle

José Oswaldo Parra García

Trombone

Irmgard Ripfel

Euphonium

Simon Styles

Tuba

Manuel Leuenberger

Schlagzeug

Masahiro Vermeer

Double bass