Chandra Maeder

French Horn – Voice Projects – Teaching

About me

1977: Primary teacher diploma in Schiers, GR, Switzerland.

1977 to 1981, music studies in Basel, solo trumpet player and leader of the brass section of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra.

1981: Teaching diploma for trumpet at the Basel Conservatory with Edward Tarr.

Afterwards french horn lessons with Francesco Raselli, Jakob Hefti and Günther Schlund.
Natural horn lessons with Glen Borling and Thomas Müller.

1981 to 1999: Freelance horn player in various Swiss orchestras. Member of various chamber music formations (e.g. with Ottetto Classico Italiano, Windstärke 6, Rümlig Trio)

1991 to 1999: Freelance horn player in international early music ensembles (Baroque horn and classical natural horn, with Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Köln, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the conductors Giovanni Antonini, René Jacobs, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, etc.)

From: Vivaldi, Concerto F-dur RV97
1st Horn: Chandra, 2nd Horn: Martin Mürner
Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini

Over 35 years of teaching experience with french horn and trumpet (including 10 years at the Cantonal School Olten, Music School Andelfingen, Music School Amriswil-Romanshorn, private lessons).

It is my great passion to continuously develop myself in various fields, to experiment, to learn and to pass on what I have learned.

Since 1984 I have also been active as a choir conductor and initiator of singing projects. I have been studying singing with Jane Thorner Mengedoht and David Thorner.

In my work with choirs, I aim to enable singers and listeners to experience the emotional range of the music with colorful and transparent sounds. In doing so, an experimental and lively rehearsal work is just as important to me as a relaxed and joyful atmosphere at the concerts.

2000 to 2015: stay in Arizona, USA.
There and since then professional experience in various professional fields: photography (since 2005), web design (since 2008)

Since 2015 living in Langenbruck, BL, Switzerland.

Sheet music for french horn (natural horn)
by Chandra Maeder

Horn Duets for domestic use for natural horns in C, D, Eb, E or F or valve horns.
Horntrios for domestic use for natural horns in Eb (medium to difficult, can also be played in C, D, E or F) or valve horns.

4 Trios:
With Chandra Maeder, Thomas Müller and Charly Fässler. Natural Horns

Please print the sheet music only for yourself.
If you want to pass them on, share the link on this page and if you like my pieces, I would be happy about your financial contribution.

And here I play my “Cadence in Times of Corona” of the 3rd Mozart Concerto on a Natural Horn by Courtois Neveu Ainé a Paris (ca 1825)


Horn Lessons:
“I have known Chandra Maeder since the seminar times in Schiers in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland.
Now, he has been teaching me natural horn for one year.

He leads me in an unconventional way to a lively, songlike playing, which opens new doors for me also for the modern horn.
His intuitive way of teaching gives me impulses for creative practice and his observations and tips open up new listening experiences for me in terms of sound. Playing thus becomes a creative act for me. His great musicality is very inspiring.
I am enthusiastic about his lessons and can recommend him highly as a horn teacher, also for modern horn”.
Hanspeter Lieberherr, Wind quintett “gli staccati

Working with singers and choirs:
“I know and experience Chandra Maeder as a wide awake musician – choirmaster and singer and with a past as a very independent french horn player – who wants to revive the music of past times with great commitment and visions. Especially in the field of vocal Renaissance music he achieves very convincing and eloquent results.

Conrad Steinmann, (Swiss Music Price 2021)

“Chandra Maeder has distinguished himself as an instrumentalist and choral conductor. His great talent, his contagious enthusiasm and his open affection for all choir members have made wonderful results possible”.
Jonathan Rubin, lutenist at Les Arts Florissants.


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