He is a cellist born in Lorrach, Germany.
He studied first in Basel
and Zurich, with further
education in Freiburg, Amsterdam
and Florence. He founded the Ensemble Recherche in 1985, which became an acclaimed modern
music group, and in 2004 he joined them with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
to form the Ensemble Academy Freiburg.
He has released more than 30 CDs of his solo and chamber recordings
and has given many world premieres by composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Klaus Huber and Sebastian Claren,
with several being dedicated to him.
Teaching regularly he has given lessons at the Lviv,
Brno and Lucerne Conservatories
and since 1998 has been a lecturer at the Darmstater