Swiss Oboe Band

Each of our musicians are internationally recognized performers on instruments from the baroque era, who have completed or are currently teaching at specialist programs for the performance of historically informed performance practice.

When not playing with the Swiss Oboe Band, we are touring the stages and opera houses of Europe, North America, and Asia as soloists and orchestral musicians. You could say that we are no strangers to traveling! Although we are based in Switzerland, we are happy to meet you at your event destination, wherever that is in the world.

The sound of celebration

This 18th century French march was written for Louis XIV, the Sun King in Versailles. La Marche des Dragons du Roy is an ideal way to welcome your guests to the party, invite them to follow us into another area of the venue, or just get everybody excited! 

Johannes Knoll

Following his professional studies at the renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Johannes founded the Swiss Oboe Band. In this capacity, he unites his musicality with pragmatic experience as an ensemble leader. When he is not teaching in Switzerland and Germany, he is active as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout Europe and North America with baroque orchestras such as the L’Orfeo Barockorchester Linz, L’arpa festante München, Elbipolis Hamburg, the European Union Baroque Orchstra and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.

Priska Comploi

After her professional studies at the conservatory in Amsterdam, the Italian oboist Priska Comploi received her Master’s degree in historical performance from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. She was later offered a teaching position in Basel, which she now maintains in addition to her international performances with ensembles such as La Cetra, Il Pomo d’oro, Kammerorchester Basel, Cantus Coelln, and Musica Fiorita.

Robert Herden

The prize-winning oboist Robert Herden began his musical career at the age of 5 as a member of the prestigious St. Thomas Choir in Leipzig, Germany, where he learned to perform the works of J.S. Bach in the church for which they were written. Between his tour commitments in Japan, the USA, the UK, Greece, and France, he began to study the oboe, which he continued at a conservatory level at in Berlin and Amsterdam. Robert can be heard in concert and recordings with the notable ensembles: Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Le Concert Lorraine, Ensemble Universelle, Hannoverschen Hofkapelle, Bachconsort Leipzig, European Union Baroque Orchestra, and Collegium 1704.

Karin Gemeinhardt

The German bassoonist Karin Gemeinhardt finished her Master degree in Bremen (Germany), building on her previous studies in Trossingen, Karlsruhe, and Passau. Her stellar orchestral career has seen her perform as soloist with the celebrated Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and as a recording artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Cantus Cölln, and Ars Antiqua Austria.

Katharina Andres

Katharina began her journey with historical instruments early on, taking her first courses in Saarbrücken (Germany) on baroque oboe at the age of 12. She then went on to begin her international career while completing two higher education Diplomas at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in historical wind instruments. Katharina has recorded and performed with the world’s most important baroque orchestras, including: Les Ambassadeurs, Akademie für Alte Musik BerlinBach-Collegium Japan, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Collegium 1704Concerto Köln, Le Concert SpirituelDoulce Mémoire, I Fedeli, La Fenice, Freiburger Barockorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Les Ombres, La Petite Bande, Le Poême Harmonique and Les Talens Lyriques.

Barbara Leitherer

Barbara Leitherer, our dance perfomer, is a leading specialist in her field of historical baroque dance performance. After graduating from the renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), she was invited to head the department of baroque dance. She regularly leads seminars on historical dance throughout Europe. In addition to her performances as a dancer, she is active as a choreographer of historical music theater and advisory consultant to baroque ensembles working with dance.


Molly McDolan

The American-Swiss oboist Molly McDolan received her specialist education in historical performance in Los Angeles, The Hague (The Netherlands), and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland). She maintains a busy performance and teaching schedule, performing with such ensembles as Cantus Cölln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, L’Arpa Festante, and La Cetra. She has been invited to lecture at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and Aarhus University (Denmark). Recordings featuring her as a soloist have been released on Edition RZ and her performances as an orchestral and chamber musician have been documented on dozens of radio and television stations worldwide.

Sebastian Bausch

Whenever we have the occasion to play with keyboard instruments, we are pleased to work with Sebastian.

The internationally acclaimed performer Sebastian Bausch has been specialized in historic keyboard instruments since his earliest lessons at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany). He continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, earning a Master’s degree with honors in historical organ and harpsichord performance. He currently balances his concert activities with a organist position in St. Gallen (eastern Switzerland) and a research position in historical performance at the University of Bern.

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