Prof. Markus Würsch
The Swiss trumpet virtuoso Markus Würsch was born in 1955 in Emmetten, Nidwalden in the spectacularly scenic region of lake Lucerne. He studied trumpet and brass ensemble conducting at the Conservatoire in Zurich and Lucerne where he received his degree with honours. He won the coveted Migros competition, and subsequently received a grant which enabled him to spend a year at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur in Paris. He also spent time studying with Charles Geyer at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester NY), with Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern University of Chicago, and with Adolphe Herseth (principal trumpet of Chicago Symphony Orchestra). In 1981 Markus won the audition for principal trumpet with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, holding this prestigious post for fourteen years. In 1995, he spent a year studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, London. There he studied under Michael Laird and Crispian-Steele Perkins (Baroque-Trumpet), Jeremy West (Cornetto) and Phillip Jones (Ensemble Direction). He has performed as soloist at the Lucerne International Festival and with the Tonhalle Orchestra.
With the support of the Swiss National Fund and the Bern University of the Arts, Markus conducted extensive research and subsequently developed a reconstruction of a 19th century keyed trumpet, in collaboration with the instrument maker Konrad Burri. The original instrument, the focus of the research, was found in the private collection of Konrad Burri, Zimmerwald, near Bern. With this reconstructed instrument, Markus went on to perform and produce a CD recording of the trumpet concertos of Joseph Haydn and Nepumuk Hummel in June 2013.
For some years now, he performs almost exclusively on historical instruments. He frequently appears with the ensembles “La Cetra” and I Barocchisti (RSI, Italian Swiss Radio) and continues to interpret the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concertos as soloist on the keyed trumpet.
Markus Würsch is professor of Modern, Natural and Romantic trumpet at Bern University of the Arts, and at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.



*1955 in Emmetten NW.
Musikstudium am Konservatorium Luzern. Diplome für Trompete und Blasmusikdirektion mit Auszeichnung. Studium am Konservatorium Zürich.
Konzertdiplom mit Auszeichnung. Preisträger Migros Stipendium.
Studienjahr am Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur in Paris.
Studien an der Northwestern University of Chicago bei Vincent Cichowicz, bei Charles Geyer an der Eastman School of Music Rochester NY und bei
Adolphe Herseth (Solotrompeter Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
1981–1995 Solotrompeter des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich.
1995–96 Studienjahr in London. Studien an der Royal Academy of Music und dem Royal College of Music London. Unterricht bei Michael Laird und
Crispian-Steele Perkins (Barocktrompete), Jeremy West (Cornetto/Zink) und Phillip Jones (Ensembleleitung).

Solistische Tätigkeiten mit verschiedenen Kammerorchestern im In- und Ausland.
Spielte als Solist an den internationalen Festwochen Luzern und mit dem Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.
Im Rahmen eines vom Schweizerischen Nationalfonds geförderten Forschungsprojekts Interpretation der Hochschule der Künste Bern hat sich Markus Würsch intensiv mit Erforschung der Klappentrompete und deren Nachbau beschäftigt. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Instrumentenbauer Konrad Burri Zimmerwald BE wurde ein Instrument entwickelt mit welchem er im Juni 2013 die Trompetenkonzerte von Joseph Haydn und Nepumuk Hummel auf CD eingespielt hat.
Seit einigen Jahren ist Markus Würsch vor allem als Barocktrompeter mit den Ensembles Collegium Musicum Luzern, der „Freitagsakademie“ und I Barocchisti (RSI) tätig. Als Dozent für Trompete unterrichtet Markus Würsch an der Hochschule der Künste Bern und an der Musikhochschule Luzern.




Orchesterverein Interlaken 2014:

Clementi, Haydn und Beethoven in der Kirche Unterseen

Konzertbericht (PDF)


Stadtorchester Thun 2015:

Festliche, barocke Klangjuwelen

Konzertbericht (PDF)



Youtube Kommentare

Jean-Joseph Mouret: Rondeau aus «Sinfonie de Fanfares»

Fabulous performance of this well known and favourite piece of music. Best Regards, Roy organnut

The best trumpet I’ve ever heard! balosso68

Absolutely great music from two highly accomplished musicians, this is the calibre of playing most people aspire to. Only very few achieve this. r0g3r5m1th

VERY GOOD!!!! What an amazing talent. Pure mastery of music. Katimashi (Superiority)

One word – AMAZING! 1soccerforlife123

Very nice job! Very well conducted in a positive manner. I’m playing this song for orchestra in school and I’m really looking forward to sharing this video with my fellow classmates! 🙂 KittyKatniss123

Wynton Marsalis? Rolf Smedvig? Simon Preston? Michael Murray? Wuersch and Solomon are clearly in the same league. In fact, one cannot fault this rendition of the Rondeau, the best there is. Well done and thank you. propakjhb

Easily the greatest Rondeau brass work on Youtube! Bravo! thethresh

Quite possibly the greatest Trumpet player I believe exists today. BRAVO! TheConquerMentality

Magnifique… mes félicitations les plus sincères! jacmassa

Excellent recording and performance. Enjoyed it. logica10

The best version I’ve heard on here thus far… Bravo! tasman522

Outstanding performance!! Congrats for these finest musicians. logica10

Remarkable lingering relishment of every note…The finest performance I’ve seen so far! snake8127

Stunningly and inspirationally beautiful!!! And that exclamation does not begin to do this wonderful performance justice. LOVE IT!!! harperusa

Bravo!!! Bravo!!! This is certainly my favorit rendition of Jean-Joseph Mouret Rondeau. sbcmarine81

Absolutely gorgeous… what a wonderful interpretation of the piece. handelfan610

This is awesome. Such culture and grace. Bravo! Savages

Thank you for posting this. Excellent in every way. 5*’s Bravo maestro! joenwayne