Thomas Indermühle


Born: 1951
Oboist Thomas Indermuhle has developed an international following nearly to rival that of his foremost teacher and mentor, Heinz Holliger. With a vast repertory taking in works by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Hindemith, Martinu, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, and contemporary composers like Akira Nishimura, Indermuhle has shown his virtuosity and interpretive skills in a broad range of styles, both on the concert stage and in the recording studio. Indeed, he has made more than 30 recordings and has regularly appeared as a soloist since the mid-'70s at major concert venues across Europe, the U.S., and parts of Asia. The busy Indermuhle has also taken up conducting, regularly appearing with the Ensemble Couperin, as well as other small groups, like the English Chamber Orchestra. Indermuhle also teaches oboe at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Karlsruhe. His recordings are available on a host of labels, including Camerata Records, Novalis, EMI, Hänssler Classics, and others.

Thomas Indermuhle was born into a musical family in Berne, Switzerland, in 1951. He studied music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, where his most important teacher was Heinz Holliger. Indermuhle had further study in Paris with Maurice Bourgue. Indermuhle began his professional career as an orchestral oboist, serving first with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and then with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In the mid-'70s Indermuhle's career received a meteoric boost, first by capturing a prize at the Prague International Competition (1974), and then by his convincing victory at the ARD International Competition in Munich (1976).

Thereafter, Indermuhle regularly began appearing across the globe as oboe soloist with major orchestras and chamber groups. He also gave many recitals. Indermuhle began teaching a class in oboe at the Zurich Conservatory in 1984, and five years later joined the faculty at the Karlsruhe-based Staatliche Hochschule für Musik as professor of oboe.

As a frequent member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble, Indermuhle often appeared in concert and on major recordings, like the 1990 EMI CD of instrumental highlights from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He also took up conducting, developing a close relationship with the Ensemble Couperin, with whom he often conducts and plays. In the new century Indermuhle remained active as a soloist, conductor, and teacher, maintaining his conservatory posts in Karlsruhe and Zurich. Among his later recordings is the 2009 Camerata CD of sonatas by Johann Ludwig Krebs.

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