Born in 1987 the Swiss Oboist Simon Sommerhalder studied with Prof. Hans Elhorst in Lugano, Swtizerland, with Adriano Mondini at the Conservatory of Como, Italy, where he graduated with highest honour, and Lubeck with Prof. Diethelm Jonas. He attended masterclasses with Francesco Di Rosa, Omar Zoboli, Luca Vignali, Maurice Bourgue, Hansjorg Schellenberger, Ingo Goritzki and others. Simon has been a member of Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, the Orchestra Filarmonica “Arturo Toscanini” under Lorin Maazel, the Opera of Valencia under Zubin Mehta, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano. His recording of Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Capriccio” with the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin under Mathias Foremny won the renowned “Echo-Klassik-Preos” award in 2012. Since 2008 Simon Sommerhalder holds the position of Principal English Horn with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig.