Born in 1987, the Swiss oboist Simon Sommerhalder studied with Adriano Mondini in Como, with Hans Elhorst in Lugano and in Lübeck under Diethelm Jonas. He appeared internationally as an oboe and recorder soloist while still in his teens. After winning the national youth music competitions of both Germany and Switzerland, Simon was a finalist in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. His recording of Amilcare Ponchielli’s Capriccio earned him an Echo Klassik award in 2012. Simon has been a member of Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, the Orques- ta de la Comunidad Valenciana under Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta, and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano. In 2008 he was appointed solo cor anglais with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, also becoming a member of its Wind Quintet in 2016, and joined the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as principal oboe in 2020.