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Having studied saxophone with Iwan Roth in Basle, with Marcus Weiss in Zurich and with Jean-Michel Goury in Paris, Rico Gubler started to specialize in contemporary music, free improvisation and in the live performance of electronic music. In 1997 and 1998 he was awarded the student prize by the Migros Co-operative Association (Migros Genossenschaftsbund) and the Ernst Göhner Foundation. After this, he studied composition with Balz Trümpy in Basle and Salvatore Sciarrino in Florence. In 1998 he won the Prize of the Club de mécénat suisse en France. He was supported by grants from the Künstlerhof Schreyan in Lower Saxony (2001), the Landis & Gyr Foundation and from the Royal Academy in London (2001/02). In 2004 he was awarded a working year from the city of Zurich and a grant from the Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll-Dürr Foundation. In addition to performances as a soloist at the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Steirischer Herbst, Wien Modern, the Salzburger Festspiele, the MaerzMusik Berlin and the Biennale München, Rico Gubler has played in various chamber music formations. Through his work, he has developed artistic contacts with the Klangforum Wien, the Ensemble Aventure, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the SWR orchestra Baden-Baden, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Kammerorchester München, the Orchestre de chambre de Neuchâtel and the Philharmonische Werkstatt Schweiz. Since 2004 Rico Gubler teaches saxophone at the Lugano music conservatoire. He lives and works in Zurich.