Benjamin Nyffenegger

Born in 1984, Benjamin Nyffenegger grew up in the state of Aargau. For eight years, he studied cello with Magdalena Sterki-Hauri before he was taken on as a young student by Prof. Walter Grimmer in 1999. In 2002, he officially began his studies at the Zurich School of Music, Drama and Dance. Starting in 2004, Benjamin studied with Thomas Grossenbacher, solo cellist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Benjamin graduated in 2005, with a concert diploma with distinction.

He won a first prize with distinction at the international chamber music competition in Varenna (Italy), and took second prize at the Charles Hennen Concours in the Netherlands. In 2001 he played as part of the Orchestra Academy project together with members of the Tonhalle Orchestra under David Zinman; in 2002, he performed under Ralf Weikert on the 1st desk of the cello section, and in 2004 he occupied the same position under Vladimir Fedoseyev.

Twice Benjamin participated in the “Margess International of Switzerland” summer course in Ftan, and in 1999 he was founder of the AURIS Quartet, which succeeded to win first prizes at both the Swiss Youth Chamber Music Competition of 2001 and the Kiwanis Chamber Music Competition.

In 2003 he was granted a scholarship for the Aspen Festival and School by David Zinman, Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. The Board of Trustees of the state of Aargau has made several generous contributions in support of his artistic work. He also received the Friedl Wald Foundation prize and took part in the 7th Internationale Musikfesttage for the promotion of young soloists under the aegis of the Orpheum Foundation. In 2004, Benjamin played as a newcomer with the Aargau Symphony Orchestra (ASO). During the 2005-06 season, he served an internship with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Benjamin won a first prize at the Rahn Music Award 2006. From September 2006 to August 2007 he was solocellist ad interim at the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, and later ad interim as assistant solocellist in Lucerne. He is the Cellist of the Ensembles ” Julia Fischer Qoartet with Julia Fischer, Alexander Sitkovetski and Nils Mönkemeyer and of the “Oliver Schnyder Trio” with Oliver Schnyder and Andreas Janke.

Benjamin Nyffenegger plays a violoncello by Matteo Goffriller, 1710, courtesy of the Karolina Blaberg Foundation.

Benjamin Nyffenegger holds the position of assistant solocellist at the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich since 2008.


Benjamin Nyffenegger



Rahn Musikpreis 2006, 1. Prize Violoncello