The leaders of the course

Isabelle Ruf - Weber

Isabelle_RufGraduated as conductor of wind orchestras in the Musikhochschule in Luzern in 1989. She continued studying at the University of Michigan (USA), worked with Sylvia Caduff in Luzern and attended numerous master courses abroad. Isabelle Ruf concluded her studies in a post-academical course for orchestra conducting at the Musikhochschule Zürich with Johannes Schlaefli.

Her artistic activity is characterized by an remarkable versatility and outspokenness, that proves itself in the leadership of the most different orchestras. Since 1988 she is the musical director of the wind orchestra of Neuenkirch. In 2004 she became the permanent artistic director of the Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg. In 2007 she also took the position of musical director of  La Landwehr de Fribourg.

Starting 2009/2010 she teaches conducting wind ensembles at the Musikhochschule Luzern.

Isabelle Ruf is a frequent jury member at national and international competitions, both for conductors and orchestras.
Since 2001 she is reponsible for the musical matters of the municipal theatre in Sursee.


Urs Bamert

Urs-BamertBorn in Siebnen (CH), studied at the Musikhochschule in Luzern and Zürich. Graduated as clarinettist (Giambattista Sisini, Elmar Schmid) and in music theory. Worked as deputy clarinettist in many Swiss and German orchestras. Teaches at the cantonal music school in Ausserschwyz and for the Schweizerischen Musikpädagogischen Verband  SMPV.

Since 2001 President of the Swiss section of WASBE, the «World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles».

Studied conducting with Tony Kurmann, Walter Hügler, Richard Schumacher, Eugene Corporon, Tsung Yeh and Kurt Masur.
Is conductor of the wind orchestra Verena in Wollerau, the Schwyzer cantonal youth wind band and others.

Since 2003 he also is the leader of the Townmusic of the City of Winterthur.

Bamert is also musical director of the symphony orchestra Ausserschwyz since its inception. Guest appearances: Week of the windorchestras in St. Moritz and the Wind Orchestra of the Italian Switzerland OFSI.


Bastiaan Blomhert

BASTIAAN-BLOMHERTBastiaan Blomhert (1944) studied musicology with Eduard Reeser at the University of Utrecht and viola with Jürgen Kussmaul and conducting with Louis Stotijn in the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He worked extensively with Arvid Jansons.

He was professor of music history in the Conservatories of Utrecht and Arnhem, where he also coached chamber music and taught instrumentation.

His early activities as conductor include the musical directorship of one of the Leiden University Orchestras. Since the late 1970s, when he founded the Oktopus Wind Ensemble his field became the classical wind band music, both as conductor in the concert hall or the recording studio and as researching musicologist in (mostly central-european) musical archives. Blomhert earned his Ph. D. in 1987 with a dissertation about the Donaueschingen Harmoniemusik of The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart K. 384.

Bastiaan Blomhert has toured all over the world and his guest conducting activities range from leading the Wind Ensemble of the Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields (with whom he has worked since 2000) to the Chamber Music Hawaii and from the Amadeus Winds (New York) to the wind players of the Russian National Orchestra (Moscow).

His editions and arrangements are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Chester, Doblinger, Molenaar and others and are frequently performed all over the world. In the beginning of the year 2006 a large number of Harmoniemusik scores edited by Bastiaan Blomhert was published by Floricor Editions.

His lecturing and teaching activities include appearances at many universities and schools of music, i.a. the Royal College of Music of London and Cornell University (1999), the University of Central Oklahoma (2004) and congresses, i.a. WASBE 2001 (Luzern), the CBDNA (Minneapolis) in 2003 and WASBE 2005 (Singapore) and 2007 (Ireland). Today, Bastiaan Blomhert, originally of Dutch stock, lives in Aufhofen near Muenich.