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.
Stéphane Mooser was born in Bulle (Switzerland) in 1980. As a student at the Conservatory in Lausanne, he studied horn with Olivier Alvarez and natural horn with Olivier Darbellay. He obtained his teaching and concert diplomas in 2006. He also studied conducting with Hervé Klopfenstein and was awarded a certificate in 2003. He then perfected his horn playing in the class of Bruno Schneider at the “Hochschule für Musik de Freiburg im Breisgau” (Germany), where he received his Diploma in 2009 with special mention.
He often collaborates with such well known ensembles as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Geneva “Ensemble Contrechamps” for contemporary music, the “Camerata Bern” or the “Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra“ from Toronto. He also never tires of playing chamber music in the most diverse groups, most notably with the woodwind quintet “Eole“ and the historical instruments sextet “Winds Unlimited”. Numerous concerts have seen him perform in the most prestigious halls in Switzerland and Europe, as well as in Israel, China, Canada and Costa Rica.
Stéphane Mooser plays as first horn in the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra since its inception in 2009, and he teaches at the Conservatories of both Fribourg and Lausanne.