After studying the violin at the Basel Musikhochschule, the Swiss baritone Martin Bruns was for several years a member of the Berne Symphony Orchestra, before moving to the Juilliard School in New York, where he was a student of Daniel Ferro. He has won much acclaim for his concert and oratorio performances throughout Europe and has collaborated with conductors such as Marcello Viotti, Ivor Bolton, Gerard Schwarz, Eric Ericson, Heinz Holliger, Yoav Talmi, Ari Rasilainen, Peter Ruzicka and Jonathan Nott and with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Munich, the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Resonanz and many orchestras throughout Europe. His musical interests extend from the baroque to romantic repertory and to twentieth-century and contemporary music, this last witnessed by premières of works at the Lucerne International Music Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. Martin Bruns appears regularly with noted pianists such as Jan Philip Schulze, Ulrich Eisenlohr and Brian Zeger in Lieder repertoire, as well as with the fortepianist Christoph Hammer, and his arrangement of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin for baritone and guitar, in which he collaborated with the Swedish guitarist Mats Bergström, has drawn widespread attention. On the operatic stage he has appeared as Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and as Dandini, Papageno, Guglielmo, Tsar Peter in Zar und Zimmermann and Silvio. He began his career as a member of the Hesse State Theatre in Wiesbaden, and has since appeared at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and other European houses.