Fredi Ernst Sonderegger


Fredi Sonderegger was born and brought up in the small town of Herisau in the north east of Switzerland. He discovered his love for music very early and picked up the euphonium by the age of 8. With 16 Fredi decided to learn the trombone in pursuit of a professional career in music. His education led him through Europe and to the US. Among his most important influences were Joseph Alessi, Roger Bobo, Michel Becquet, Christian Lindberg, Dany Bonvin, Charles Toet as well as Steven Mead. Fredi holds degrees in performance and education from the Juilliard School, the Lausanne Conservatory and the Conservatory of Winterthur and Zurich. Fredi also studied early music in Trossingen, Germany. Numerous awards like the Kiefer-Hablitzel Prize, the Friedl Wald Prize, the Cultural Award of Appenzell the Orpheus Chambermusic Award, the Curt Dieneman Prize and twice winner of the prestigious Migros Cultural award honored Fredi’s activities as recitalist and as a soloist. In his early years as a professional Fredi focused his playing career into the performance of early music playing on authentic instruments. This brought him, performing with groups like La Fenice, The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Vocale and Les Cornet Noir all around Europe and the US. With these groups he was also involved in radio and television broadcasts as well as CD productions. In 2002 Fredi Sonderegger joined the Singapore Symphony as their Associate Principal Trombone and Bass Trombone player. He can also be heard with the SSO on euphonium and bass trumpet. Soon after moving to Singapore with his wife Carolyn he joined the faculty of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, where he is now Brass Coordinator.

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