Wenzel Grund (clarinet), born in Prague in 1964. Wenzel Grund has lived in Switzerland since 1969. He studied with Kurt Weber (clarinet) at the Conservatory for Music and Theater (Musikhochschule) in Berne. Already during his studies he performed as solo clarinetist with the Junge Schweizer Philharmonie and with the Zurich International Opera Studio.
He later performed in the same function with other ensembles. Wenzel Grund earned his teaching diploma in 1985 and his soloist diploma in 1987. He expanded his musical horizons with chamber music and master classes with internationally renowned teachers such as Prof. Jost Michaels, Karl Leister and Prof. Siegfried Palm.
He has dedicated himself exclusively to a career as a soloist and chamber musician for a number of years. He was a member of the “Swiss Clarinet Players” and currently performs with the innovative clarinet trio ClarinArt. The ensemble performs not only works from diverse music periods and musical styles, but also places great importance on collaborations with other art forms (pantomime, dance, painting).
Wenzel Grund plays regularly in duo with piano (Sandra Siebig) and as a frequent guest with eminent ensembles. He has made numerous recordings for radio, television and CD (for Claves, Gallo, Lunarion, classic 2000) and has performed the premiere of many contemporary compositions.
Concerts with clarinetist Wenzel Grund are characterized by accessible, intimate interpretations. His repertory extends from the early Classic period to contemporary music with an emphasis on the 19th century, the golden age of this instrument.
He has introduced audiences to unknown worlds of music with his narrated concerts and musical meditations, performing classical music from various periods on four different clarinets while encouraging audiences to participate and contemplate.
In addition to this, Wenzel Grund is a teacher at the Swiss Academy for Music and Music Pedagogy SAMP and acts as a jury member at international music competitions.
Sandra Siebig (piano), born in Bern in 1981.
Sandra Siebig developed a love for music in her early years and received her first instruction from Albert Sidler at the Conservatory in Berne. She concentrated solely on the piano thereafter, soon choosing to make music her career. After earning her Matura (general qualification for university entrance) she began studies with Tomasz Herbut at the Hochschule der Künste in Berne, where she received her teaching diploma in 2006 as well as her concert diploma with honors in 2009.
She has performed in concert at home and abroad since the age of 16 and has participated in master classes with artists such as László Baranyay, Gergely Bogányi, Béla Síki, Kristina Steinegger, Tatjana Verkina and Colette Zérah. In addition to her regular concert activities she regularly performs at various international festivals (Interlaken Musikfestwochen, Biennale Bern, “Ars Gallica”, Dunakanyar müvészeti hetek in Hungary, etc.). She has won various prizes at a number of regional and national competitions (e.g., the Swiss Youth Music Competition, the Freiburg Youth Musicianship Competition).
Sandra Siebig focuses her artistic activities around chamber music and song accompaniment. She performs in a number of different piano – instrumental ensembles and has performed as a soloist as well as with singers and with orchestras.