(1972 - )
Rico Gubler was born in Richterswil, Switzerland in 1972. He studied saxophone with Iwan Roth at the Basel Conservatory, with Marcus Weiss at the Zürich Conservatory and with Jean-Michel Goury at the CNR in Boulogne (unanimously awarded first prize).
He is chiefly involved in contemporary music, improvisation and the promotion of the saxophone in classical music. He has premiered pieces by Czernowin, Olga Neuwirth, Urs Leimgruber, among others.
He has performed as a soloist with orchestras at prestigious festivals in Europe, such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Salzburger Festspiele, Wien Modern, Steyrischer Herbst and Musikbiennale München.
He is a member of the Trio Lepic, Collegium Novum Zürich, Ensemble Cattrall, the Saxophone Quartet „4 Tenors“ and the Ensemble Notstrom. He has performed with the Vienna Klangforum, the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, the Varianti Stuttgart Ensemble, the Montreal Contemporary Ensemble, the Phoenix Basel Ensemble and others. Since 2004, he has been a professor at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano.
He studied composition with Balz Trümpy in Basel and Salvatore Sciarrino in Florence and followed a composition course with Heinz Holliger. He has also worked on electro-acoustic music in the studios of the Musikhochschule Basel and the Schweizerischen Zentrum für Computermusik in Zurich.
In 1995 he founded the festival “musica moderna” in Wädenswil. He was its artistic director until 2001.
Rico Gubler's works are published by SME (www.musicedition.ch, Fuzeades, Musik Hug Verlage and Woodbrass Music.