Magda Schwerzmann


The modern and baroque flutist Magda Schwerzmann grew up in Zug and studied in Basel, London and Zurich. She obtained her diplomas in teaching, concert and solo performance as well in ancient music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the tuition of Peter-Lukas Graf, Aurele Nicolet, Philippe Racine, O. Peter and Barthold Kuijken.

Her solo and chamber music activities have taken her across Europe, North, Central and South America and Russia. Her repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the present day including all the significant works of the 20th century.

Several works have been written for her and she has performed many new works.

In addition to appearing as a soloist with various orchestras (Basel Sinfonia, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Costa Rica’s Orchestra Sinfonica di San Jose and the Quito Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador), Magda performs in various chamber ensembles. Winner of the Nicati 2000 Competition, she is also a recipient of the Orpheum Foundation Scholarship and has been a winner of the Zug City Prize and the Migros Cultural Percentage Prize.

Magda performs regularly at flute festivals, including the Flute Convention in the USA, the Flute Convention in Florida, the New York Flute Fair, Festival del Fauto in Quito.

Her CD “Querblick” where she plays 9 different flutes spanning the history of the flute has been released under the Occam label. “Manattanite” on which she performs all flute works by Swiss-American composer Daniel Schnyder, was recorded with Radio DRS, and published by the Neuklang label in Germany.

She has been a guest at New York’s Manhattan School of Music, the Boston Conservatory and the Houston Conservatory.

She is internationally educated in the Suzuki method and regularly gives continuing education courses for teachers. In the fall semester 2015, she was visiting professor at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

Magda Schwerzmann is principal flute of the Lucerne Collegium Musicum and the Zurich Consortium, two orchestras of early music. Since 2016, she has been the regular guest of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

She is a professor at the University of Music in Bern (HKB), the University of Music Lucerne (HALU), the Kalaidos / SAMP / SMPV High School and teaches at the Winterthur Conservatory.