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Thomas Grossenbacher was born in Zurich. He is first solo cellist in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. After his first cello lessons with Tatjana Valleise and Mischa Frey, he completed his teaching diploma with Claude Starck at the Zurich Conservatory.

He completed his studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, class of David Geringas, with the concert exam, predicate "with honours". He also received important artistic inspiration from Menahem Pressler, Robert Mann, György Ligeti and Alfred Schnittke. Thomas Grossenbacher has performed in Europe, the USA and Japan.

He has repeatedly taken part in various festivals such as Ernen, Davos, Aspen (USA), Ittingen, Gstaad and Brunegg.


He has performed successfully as a soloist with conductors such as David Zinman, Sir John Elder, Armin Jordan and Sir Antonio Pappano and orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome) as well as a chamber music partner of Radu Lupu, Leon Fleisher, Yuja Wang, Helene Grimaud, Joshua Bell and the Carmina Quartet Zurich.




His CD recordings, in particular "Don Quixote" (Arte Nova) by Richard Strauss with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the direction of David Zinman, have received great international acclaim. Thomas Grossenbacher is also very active as a lecturer at the ZHdK Zurich. Some of his students have won prizes at international competitions and now occupy prominent positions in renowned symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

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