Magda Schwerzmann

As a professor she works at the Music University of Bern (HKB), Luzern (HSLU) and Kalaidos University of Music (SAMP/SMPV), and gives regularly masterclasses.

Concert tours lead her through Europa, Polen, Bosnia, Russia and different countries of Middle-, South- and Northamericas.

She studied with Peter-Lukas Graf, Philippe Racine and Aurčle Nicolet, and graduated, after a study year in London, with the Concert and Soloist Diploma. Her special interest in new music has enabled her to team up with important composers of our time (for instance Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, George Crumb, Thomas Demenga, Rudolf Kelterborn, Dieter Ammann, Y.Uebayashi, to name a few). She gives debut performances and makes radio and television recordings of very diverse works. Her new CD has been released by Neuklang in 2010 with all flute-pieces of Daniel Schnyder: Manhattanite.

In addition, Magda Schwerzmann studied Early Music, specialising in the flauto traverso, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Oskar Peter and graduated with the Early Music Diploma. Meeting Barthold Kuijtken has given her a special repertoire. She is solo-flutist of the orchestra Collegium Musicum Luzern. Magda Schwerzmann aims to build a bridge between past and present. That's why her artistic work stretches from early baroque performance practice over later chamber music and orchestra concerts, to music theatre performances, improvised performances and live- electronic productions.

Apart from her solo appearances, she takes part as a chamber musician in different formations in the field of both early and new music. For several years she played in the ensemble Contrchamps of Geneva. She is a founding member of the Music Forum Zug, which in 1998 won the Margeurite de Reding prize of the Swiss Musicians' Association, when the prize was awarded for the first time. She is also a member of ENSEMBLE ZERO, and the Trio HYBRIDS.

She won a prize in the Nicati competition 2000 of the Swiss Musicians' Association (competition for contemporary music). She was awarded distinction from the Orpheum Foundation for the promotion of young artists and has won the promotion prize of the Zug artists and the Migros culture percentage prize, several times.

She is playing old music with old instruments as well as new music with all modern flutes and electronic music. Beside solistic concerts, she is member of Ensemble ZERO, NEW (New european winds) and Trio LIRAS. She's been invited by wellknown schools as the Manhattan School of Musik in New York for masterclasses, Arizona State University, State University of Tallahassee, State University of Houston and Boston Music University.

For the fall semester 2015 she was guestprofessor at the Arizona State University in Phoenix.

Magda Schwerzmann teaches modern flute, flauto traverso, chamber music and didactics and is as well teacher at the Conservatory of Winterthur. She is the first Swiss Suzuki-Flute-teacher, teaching children from age 4.