Was born in Bern in 1951 into a Swiss family of musicians and received his musical training from Heinz Holliger at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, and from Maurice Bourgue in Paris. He subsequently served as solo oboist of both the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for many years.

In 1974 he was a prize winner at the Prague International Competition and in 1976 at the International ARD Competition in Munich. Since then he has appeared as a soloist in nearly all the European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea and Australia. He is the founder of the Couperin Ensemble which specializes in Baroque repertoire, and he is also active as both teacher and conductor. He has taught at the Conservatory in Zürich since 1984 and has been Department Chair of Oboe at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe since 1989. He has made numerous recordings for Philips, EMI, Claves, Novalis and Tokyo Camerata.