Artistic Director of the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director of the Murten Classics Festival
Kaspar Zehnder has been the artistic director of the Murten Classics festival since 1999, the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra since 2012, and the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) since 2018.
Born in Riggisberg (Canton Bern, Switzerland), where he later developed the crossover festival Klangantrisch, he studied in Bern with Heidi Indermühle (flute) and Ewald Körner (conducting). In Zurich, Basel, Paris, Siena and at the European Mozart Academy, his most prominent mentors include Aurèle Nicolet, Ralf Weikert, Manfred Honeck and Charles Dutoit.
He regularly conducts the Slovak Philharmonic, Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and leading orchestras in Spain, Germany, France or Scandinavia and works with soloists such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Isabelle van Keulen, Alison Balsom, Sergey Katchatryan, Anaïs Gaudemard, Viviane Hagner, Louis Lortie, Rafael Aguirre, Judith Jáuregui or Alena Baeva.
With the English Chamber Orchestra he led a gala concert in the presence of Prince Charles, and enjoyed great success at the Folle Journée festival in Tokyo in 2018.
As a flautist he has been playing for many years in ensembles Mit Vier and Ensemble Paul Klee. He performs regularly at important festivals, as chamber musician as well as soloist. In the autumn 2019 he will once appear again in a chamber music project with Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and friends. The same programme was already toured by the group throughout Europe in 2016 and will be produced on CD by Pentatone.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season include concerts at Lincoln Center New York and at La Scala Milan. In celebration of the Beethoven year, he will conduct a Fidelio production in Biel and the Missa Solemnis with the Philharmonic Choir Brno.
Upcoming plans include a Prokofiev cycle with pianist Claire Huangçi and the world premiere of Bartók’s Bluebeard in the chamber version of Eberhard Kloke.
Rarities and discoveries are his passion: After the great success of premiere recording of symphonic works by Robert Radecke (5 diapasons/5 stars FonoForum) he’s currently preparing the world premiere recordings of symphonic works by the Swiss composer Joseph Lauber (1864-1952).
The production of Weisse Rose by Udo Zimmermann under his direction, was awarded the Armel Prize for Best Production of the Year 2017 and since then has been shown in Vienna, London, Oslo and Krakow.