Flurin Cuonz, cello
Flurin Cuonz was born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1986. His first violoncello lessons at the age of 8 were with Alfred Felder. From 2001 he studied with Rebecca Firth at the music school, Zurich Conservatory of Music. After graduating from high school in 2006, he continued his studies with Thomas Grossenbacher in Zurich, which he had begun in 2005. Flurin obtained his teaching diploma with distinction in 2009; in 2012 the Performance Master with Clemens Hagen in Salzburg, also with distinction.
While in his studies Flurin Cuonz won several competitions: the 1st prize in the Kiwanis competition for cello at the Zürich University of the Arts, 2008,
study prizes at the instrumental competition of the Migros Culture Pourcent 2009 and 2010 and acceptance into the concert program of the Migros Culture Pourcent cello competition. He was awarded first prize in the cello competition Enrico Mainardi at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, 2010 and the music prize of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation in 2012. After a successful internship in 2008/09, he was accredited as a newcomer/assistant at the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
In addition to other chamber music projects and solo performances, Cuonz held an ad interim position as solo cellist at the Musikkollegium Winterthur from September 2014 to February 2015. He is a regular guest solo cellist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Flurin Cuonz has received valuable artistic input from Eckart Heiligers, Rainer Schmidt, Christian Proske, Alexander Neustroev, Christophe Coin and Bernhard Greenhouse.
He plays a violoncello made by Peter Westermann in 2003.