The conductor

 

 

Franz Schaffner was born and bred in Lucerne. After taking his University Entrance Exam, he studied conducting, the organ and the piano  at Lucerne Conservatory and at the Academy for School and Church Music in Lucerne. He then went to study in Zurich, Basle and Frankfurt, where he graduated in conducting under  Helmuth Rilling. Various engagements as a church musician took Schaffner  to Winterthur and Ebikon. From 1984 to 1988 he coached the musicians and was the conductor at the Lucerne Theatre. Now he is the director of the  Bach Ensemble Luzern. From 1988-2013 he  directed  the Municipal Orchestra of Lucerne, which is a brass orchestra. Also from 1988  he has  been teaching conducting at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He is the organist at Franziskanerkirche in Lucerne and is involved in numerous concerts as conductor, organist and harpsichord  player. He has several CDs to his name with, among other works, Bach’s flute sonatas and the Goldberg Variations. As an organist he  has played at festival concerts conducted by Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Ingo Metzmacher and Franz Welser-Möst, with orchestras like the  NHK Tokyo, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Edwin Fischer Commemorative Prize for his extensive work.