Denis Dafflon was born in Avry-sur-Matran (Switzerland) in 1986. He was a student at the Fribourg and Lausanne conservatories, where he studied with Claudio Pontiggia and Matteo Ravarelli. In July 2009, he graduated and got a degree in horn teaching (“Diplôme d’Enseignement du cor”). He then continued his studies at the “Musik-Akademie” in Basel, in Christian Lampert’s class. This led him to a “Master of Performance” for which he studied the natural horn in Thomas Müller’s class at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”.
Various master classes led him to work with prominent horn players and teachers such as Marie-Luise Neunecker, Christian-Friedrich Dallmann, Bruno Schneider, Peter Damm, Michael Höltzel and Nigel Black.
He is a former member of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, and he regularly plays with renowned ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Freiburg, the Youth Orchestra of Freiburg and as an intern at the Symphony Orchestras of Biel during the 2010/2011 season and Bern during the 2011/2012 season.
In January 2012, Mr Dafflon became a regular horn player for the Bern Symphony Orchestra.