ViolinGwendolyn Masin is a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, artistic director and author, holding a PhD in musicology. She performs internationally to praise from press and audiences, working creatively with musicians, artists and orchestras from all over the world. Gwendolyn teaches violin and chamber-music master classes at institutes and festivals and gives talks concerning her areas of expertise throughout Europe and North America. She is Professor of Violin Studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, since September 2013, and also the author of the award-winning book “Michaela’s Music House, The Magic of the Violin” which is available in English and German and is part of the ESTA Edition collection available via Müller & Schade. Her exploration and experience of techniques to enable musicians when it comes to postural awareness span more than twenty years and include practices such as Yoga, Pilates, Movement Therapy, Alexander Technique, and Spiral Dynamics.

Spoken languages: English, German, Dutch, French
ViolaMatthew Jones is one of the leading violists, violinists and teachers of his generation. He is violist of The Bridge Duo, the Debussy Ensemble and the Instrumental Quintet of London and he was a member of the Badke String Quartet when they won the 2007 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Apart from that, he is violinist in the Ensemble MidtVest, an innovative chamber ensemble based in Denmark, as well as Professor of Viola and head of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Matthew is also a composer, mathematics graduate and teacher of the Alexander Technique and Kundalini Yoga.

Spoken language: English
VioloncelloRuth Phillips is Internationally acclaimed as a workshop leader and performance coach, helping people who suffer from tension, stage fright or lack of focus find ease, presence and joy in performance. A trained therapist with a Masters’ degree in Voice Movement Therapy, extensive experience of yoga, meditation, breath-work and Non-Violent-Communication, Ruth is committed to helping musicians transform stage fright into stage presence. As a baroque and modern cellist, Ruth holds a Masters’ degree from the State University of New York and enjoys an International career as a chamber and orchestral musician, and soloist. With her trio, Trio Mythos, Ruth is currently collaborating with Occitane polyphonic trio, Tant Que Li Siam, and the folk duo Brothers Gillespie, and will tour India in 2020 with the Indian cellist Saskia Rao. Her articles on stage fright, yoga and relaxation have appeared in the BBC Music and Strad magazines and on Cello Bello.

Spoken languages: English, French
VioloncelloMatthias Walpen, born in Visp, is principal cellist of the Biel Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed almost all the great cello concertos with the Biel Symphony Orchestra, including rarely performed works such as compositions by Kabalewsky, Raff, Offenbach, Volkmann and Strauss. Matthias Walpen is a member of various chamber music ensembles and has an avid interest in contemporary music, as performances of numerous world premieres show. He passes on his rich musical experience at the music schools of Lengnau and Upper Valais and as a course instructor at chamber music festivals.

Spoken languages: German, French
YOGAClare has been consciously working with her body as a means for leading a fulfilled and happy life through yoga asana since 2001; her passion to share this with others is clear in her precise, honest teaching. She has been teaching the physical discipline of asana (the shapes in yoga practice) for 16 years. For the past 10 years Clare has also become an expert in the philosophy of yoga, studying Sanskrit extensively and specialising in the chanting of the ancient texts. Her teaching is grounded in evidence-based medical papers and in the ancient philosophical systems of yoga and Vedanta. She is a compassionate, funny, authentic teacher.

Spoken language: English
PianoWarsaw-born Tomasz Domanski started playing the piano at the age of 7. Having studied with Professor Johanna Kurpiowksa at the state college of music and graduated in 2010, he transferred to the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music where he continued his studies with Professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj und Agnieszka Przemyk- Bryła. In September 2015 he went on to study with Professor Tomasz Herbut at the University of the Arts Bern. Tomas Domanski has already been honoured with several prizes and awards. Chamber music is his passion.
ViolinAward-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis has created a brand new style that embraces classical, gypsy jazz and folk. Hailed as a “current-day improvising Paganini”, his inclusive approach to music has united audiences and is influencing a new generation of string players. After his master’s degree in classical violin at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, Kliphuis studied with European Sintis and Romani people. An invitation to the Richard Strauss Festival in Germany kick-started Kliphuis’ crossover career, celebrating a “total music” without stylistic barriers.

Spoken languages: English, German, Dutch, French
Dispokinesis | All InstrumentsViolinist Franziska Huber has taken unusual paths in her search for wider knowledge. Following a typical career in classical music, her curiosity for alternative approaches to interpretation and improvisation have led to research concerning the influence of posture on artistic expression and movement. She develops projects which combine music, dance and performance. Franziska Huber studieds Dispokinesis in Essen, Germany, for three years. Dispokinesis is a holistic training in posture, expression and movement, which is specially designed for the needs of musicians. Through her daily work with musicians, she experiences how freedom of movement can be gained and stage fright transformed into increased artistic presence using Dispokinesis.

Spoken language: German
Percussion | All InstrumentsWhen does music touch a human being? This is a key question in the work of Samuel Baur, freelance percussionist and head of a recording studio. The gift of being able to work with musicians from all over the world leads him to one of many possible answers: When there is an inherent groove in the music, a "swinging play and interplay between musicians in the range of microtiming" (Wikipedia). For an ensemble to swing in a striking way, another component is essential: the energy of each individual, and of the collective. Having studied different forms of energy work, Samuel is able to share practical approaches how we can actively shape these subtle but powerful layers.

Spoken languages: English, German
artisstCooking ArtistryAfter young chef Quentin Lachat earned his spurs in famous kitchens such as Gstaad Palace, Carlton St. Moritz or the Nomad in N.Y., he has now founded his own company together with a passionate cooking friend. John Revilla, for his part, made a U-turn following his business studies and stood behind the fragrant pans and pots of promising restaurants in and around Bern. Passionate, easy-going and stylish, the two of them continuously come up with new ideas at various locations throughout Switzerland. The essence of artisst is the combination of taste and appearance. John and Quentin prepare their works of art with regional products and use them completely – wherever possible – without producing waste. The two visit local markets to pick up their ingredients from organic farmers. At The Exhale, they will present their selection of fresh, regional products and share their preparation methods.

Spoken languages: English, German, French, Spanish