Simon Bucher (piano) was b orn in Switzerland, and is much in demand as a soloist, song accompanist, chamber musician, improviser and teacher. After studying at the Hochschule der Künste Bern with Erika Radermacher and Tomasz Herbut, he took his teaching and performance diplomas and attended masterclasses in lieder interpretation with Irwin Gage at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zürich with distinction. He was also much influenced by Dalton Baldwin and Ruben Lifschitz. Bucher is a prizewinner of the Swiss Musicians Association and the 10th International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach, Austria, in 2003. He has given guest performances at leading festivals including the Ruhr Piano Festival and RheinVokal. Numerous CD recordings illustrate this versatile artist’s achievements. He is artistic director of the “Liederstunden Bern” series.