Swiss-Born clarinettist, Reto Bieri was brought up with rural, down to earth folkmusic. After training as a primary school teacher, Bieri studied at the Musikhochschule in Basel and later, at the Juilliard School of Music. Bieri was heavily influenced by his chamber music teacher, György Kurtág, as well as encounters with the writer Gerhard Meier and the clown Dimitri. In 2001 Bieri was the winner of the „Tribune International des Jeunes Interprètes“. Since his success there, he has become a soloist and chamber musician.
He plays with numerous Orchestras under well-known conductors such as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kurt Masur, Christopher Hogwood, Kristjan Järvi and Dennis Russel Davies. Chamber music is his passion above everything else. He enjoys making music with partners such as Heinz Holliger, Gion Kremer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Nicolas Altstaedt, Dénes Várjon, Lars Vogt, Fazil Say, and with diverse string quartets. Collaborations with different modern composers like Heinz Holliger, John Corigliano, Fazil Say, Giovanni Sollima, Gerd Kühr, Gérard Pesson and Artur Avenesov are an important part of Bieri’s work. Since 2010 he has been recording with the renowned label ECM. 2012 Bieri was appointed Professor of Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik at the University of Würzburg. Since 2014 he has been leading the legendary „DAVOS FESTIVAL – young artists in concert„.