Thierry Fischer
Thierry FischerConductor
Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his 30’s when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado. He spent his apprentice years in Holland, and then became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra 2001-6. He was Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2008-2011, making his Suntory Hall debut in Tokyo in May 2010, and is now Honorary Guest Conductor.
Fischer was Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2006-2012 and returns as a guest in 2013 and beyond. Guest engagements have included the Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber, and Swedish Chamber.

In 2013/14 he makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic for Honegger and Poulenc, returns to the Orchestre National de Bordeaux to conduct Shostakovich 10 in their new auditorium, and conducts the Oregon, Detroit and Pacific symphonies.

Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, where he has revitalised the music-making, enthralling players and audiences by his vibrancy, commitment and energy.


Louis Schwizgebel
Louis SchwizgebelSoloist
A BBC New Generation Artist 2013-15, Louis Schwizgebel is one of the rising stars on the international piano scene.
He became internationally known to a wide audience in 2012 when he won 2nd prize at the Leeds Piano Competition broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.

Born in 1987 in Geneva, Louis Schwizgebel studied at the Lausanne Conservatory, New York Juilliard School and at the London Royal Academy of Music.

Highlights of his career are concerts with the London Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Detroit Symphony and Orchestre National de Lyon as well as performances at the City of London Festival, Bergen Festival and Verbier Festival under conductors such as Charles Dutois, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Louis Langrée and Leonard Slatkin.

Louis Schwizgebel will perform the part of the solo-pianist during the coming Animato Concert Tour 2014.


Reto Bieri, Wood-Wind
Reto Bieri, Wood-WindCoache
Geboren in Zug (Schweiz) und aufgewachsen mit Schweizer Volksmusik, studierte Reto Bieri zunächst an der Musikhochschule in Basel, dann an der Juilliard School of Music in New York. Seit dem Erfolg am Wettbewerb der «Tribune International des Jeunes Interprètes» 2001 tritt er regelmässig als Solist und Kammermusiker an grossen Festivals und in bekannten Musikzentren wie New York, London, München, Moskau, Salzburg, Montreal, Hamburg, Istanbul oder Zürich auf und arbeitet mit namhaften Musikerpersönlichkeiten, bekannten Streichquartetten und verschiedenen Orchestern zusammen.
Sein spezielles Interesse gilt nebst dem Standartrepertoire für sein Instrument auch ganz besonders Neuen Musiken im weitesten Sinne. Die Zusammenarbeit mit vielen Komponisten und dem renommierten Münchener Label ECM ist ein fester und wichtiger Bestandteil seiner Tätigkeit. Seit 2012 ist Reto Bieri Professor für Kammermusik an der Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg. Im Sommer 2014 wird er als Intendant zum ersten Mal das legendäre DAVOS FESTIVAL – young artists in concert – leiten.
Pierre Bleuse, 2nd Violin
Pierre Bleuse, 2nd ViolinCoache
During the coming Animato Academy and Concert Tour 2014 Pierre Bleuse will assume the role of Assistant Conductor, Coach and Key player of the 2nd Violins and be assistant conductor of Thierry Fischer.

After his studies at the CNSMDP, Pierre Bleuse perfected his learning over the course of one year with Professor Haiberg at the Berlin Hochschule and with Guy Braunstein, Solo Violin at the Berlin Philharmonic. Parallel to his studies, he met the Scardanelli Quartet in Hamburg whilst at the Art Academy with whom he participated in numerous creations and made the most of the collaborations between the in-residence composers.

Upon his return to France he had already been part of the Satie quartet for 2 years. Together, they were invited to participate in innumerable international tours and to record Ravel, Mache and Fauré’s Quartets for Skylark in Vancouver. The quartet was thereafter named laureate of the Natexis Foundation and the BNP Paribas Foundation.

Since 2009, he is the founder and artistic director of the international festival “MusikA Toulouse” which aids in allying international cultural and economic exchanges.

In 2010, he received the “Coup de Coeur” prize from the “Académie des Arts et des Lettres” in Occitanie.

He now dedicates his time to conducting after having worked with Jean Sébastien Béraud in France and Jorma Panula in Finland, and since he was awarded a Masters degree at the Geneva University of Music after having studied with Laurent Gay.

In 2012, he is appointed musical director for the Musika Orchestra (Youth Orchestra in Haute Garonne). He was invited the same year to conduct an operatic creation by Blaise Ubaldini in Geneva.

In 2013, he started working with the Orchestre National du Capitole in Toulouse and as Assistant Conductor at the Lyon Opera for two productions with Kasushi Ono.

Kathryn Eberle, 1st Violin
Kathryn Eberle, 1st ViolinCoache
Violinist Kathryn Eberle is the Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. She was previously a violinist with the St. Louis Symphony and Guest Concertmaster with the Omaha and Richmond Symphonies. Ms. Eberle’s solo performances include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Nashville and Utah Symphonies, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and the Bahia Symphony in Brazil. She has collaborated with such artists as Edgar Meyer, Jaime Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Ricardo Morales, and members of the New York Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, Ms .Eberle’s festival appearances include Aspen, Banff, Yellow Barn, Encore School for Strings, Missillac, Sewanee, Laguna Beach, Innsbrook and Festival Mozaic. She is currently presenting all of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas over the next two seasons with pianist Jason Hardink on the Nova Chamber Music Series in Salt Lake City.

Ms. Eberle received a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School studying with Sylvia Rosenberg. She previously studied with Robert Lipsett both at the Colburn School and the University of Southern California where she received the String Department and Symphony awards upon graduation. She performs on a J.B. Vuillaume violin made in 1870.

Christoph Marks, Violoncello
Christoph Marks, VioloncelloCoache
Christoph Marks was born in 1955 into a musical family in Berlin, Germany. He studied with Wolfgang Boettcher, then solo cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He played as a regular guest with the orchestra during this time and played the major symphonic repertoire under Herbert von Karajan in Berlin, London, Paris and Japan.

In his student time he was also an enthusiastic starting member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.
After two years as principal cellist in Bergen, Norway he joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1983 in the same position.

In 1987 he was appointed solo cellist of the Norddeutsches Rundfunk Orchester in Hannover.
Christoph Marks has given numerous concerto performances, recitals and chamber concerts throughout Europe. Besides appearing regularly with the London-based Gaudier Ensemble he has also been invited to chamber music festivals in Lockenhaus, Kuhmo, Lyon and Prussia Cove.

He coached the cello section during the Animato Academy 2010 and 2012 in Zeillern.

Pierre-Alain Monot, Brass instruments
Pierre-Alain Monot, Brass instrumentsCoache
After having completed his studies at the Conservatory and at the University in Neuchâtel, Pierre-Alain Monot was engaged as the principal trumpet for the Winterthur Musikkollegium Orchestra. He also continued studies in composition and conducting. He received advises from Jost Meier, Janos Fürst and Janos Tamas. A master class with David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich provided a decisive impulse to his activities as a conductor.

In addition to a repertoire of more than 300 works built around music from the 20th and 21st centuries, he also conducts rare works from the classic, the romantic and post-romantic periods.

Artistic director of the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain since 1995 , he has also conducted, the Biel Symphonic Orchestra, the Winterthur Musikkollegium, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Rousse and Vratsa in Bulgaria, the Orchestre des Jeunesses musicales 2004, etc. He recorded for labels as Claves, NEOS and Grammont.

During the coming Animato Academy and Concert Tour 2014 Pierre -Alain Monot will assume the role of a Coach of the Brass instrument group.

Michel Veillon, Double Bass
Michel Veillon, Double BassCoache
Michel Veillon began his musical career studying the violin at the Conservatoire de Montreux. After receiving a Master Degree in Economics of Lausanne University, he continued studying the contrabass at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. In 1983, he graduated from the class of Francis Marcellin with the first prize with honors in Virtuoso Contrabass. Since 1984, Michel Veillon has been professor of contrabass in the professional degree program at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) and in 1998, he has been appointed a position at the prestigious International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. He has also given master classes in Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, and China. Michel Veillon has supported the Animato Orchestra 2012 in many ways and by coaching the double bass group during the Animato Academy from 2006.

Further Coaches

  • Stéphane Borel, Percussions