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Brass-Ensemble des Symphonischen Blasorchesters Schweizer Armeespiel

Wednesday, July 19, 04.00 PM
Conductor: Major Philippe MONNERAT

The Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Swiss Army Band is one of the world‘s best wind orchestras. Under the direction of Major Philippe Monnerat top Swiss musicians do their military service in this elite formation. In intensive practice sessions a demanding program is worked out. The brilliant tone and interpretative culture of the orchestra is recognized internationally.

Approximately 60 musicians dedicate their skills to top-level classical and contemporary wind orchestra compositions and transcriptions. Apart from gala concerts in Switzerland and abroad, the orchestra performs primarily at international congresses and seminars, where it is also conducted by international guest conductors.

Conductor Major Philippe Monnerat, born in 1967, obtained his orchestra diploma at the Conservatory in Basel. He studied the trumpet with Mario Populin and Eduard Tarr and conducting with Felix Hauswirth. Afterwards, he consolidated his studies in Paris with Pierre Thibaud. In 1996, he won a prize at the Swiss Conductors’ Competition in Baden. Major Philippe Monnerat has been working at the Centre of Competence for Military Bands since 1999, today he is head of training support. From 2007 to 2013 he was in charge of conducting the Swiss Army Brass Band. In 2013, Philippe Monnerat became conductor of the Symphonic Wind Orchestra. In his free time, he conducts the Suberg- Grossaffoltern Music Association.

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