After 15 years in Arizona, USA I moved to Langenbruck, Baselland in 2014.
After studying music at the Music Academy of Basel, I played as a freelance horn player (natural horn and valve horn) in various Swiss and international ensembles (U.A. Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Köln, Ottetto Classico Italiano with the conductors Giovanni Antonini, René Jacobs, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan).
Vocal studies with Jane Thorner Mengedoht and David Thorner.
Since 1984 I have been passionately involved in conducting choral projects, creative singing workshops and choir weeks in Europe, North America and at the Osho Multiversity in Pune. Besides conducting various choirs, I founded and directed the chamber choirs „Coro Do Poeta“, „Scapino Vocale“ and „Dolce Far Canto“.
In my work with choirs I want to translate the emotional range of the works into a colourful and transparent sound. In doing so, a lively and experimental rehearsal work is as important to me as a relaxed and joyful atmosphere at the concerts.
I have also been practising various meditation techniques for over 30 years. Through this I experience the connection between sound and silence as an essential element in music.
Besides my activities as a musician, I am also active as a photographer.
„I know and experience Rolf Mäder as a wide awake musician – choir director and singer and with a past as a very independent 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, lecturer at the Schola Cantorum in Basel
„Rolf Mäder 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 („Les Arts Florissants“).