Biography - Heidrun Wirth-Metzler

Heidrun Wirth-Metzler was born in Vorarlberg /Austria in 1985. At the age of 11 she started  her first bassoon lessons at the music school Bregenzerwald . In 1999 she moved to the Vorarlberg State Conservatory to study with Allen Smith. From 2004 to 2011 she studied with Richard Galler at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna . In 2011 she made her final exam with distinction and was awarded the MDW honorary prize. She was a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from December 2007 to April 2009.  And from April to December 2009 she worked with them as a temporary member. Since 2010 she ist the Principal bassoonist of  the Symphony Orchestra Bern in Switzerland.


Heidrun Wirth-Metzler attended masterclasses with Klaus Thunemann, Dag Jensen, Lyndon Watts, Milan Turkovic, and Sergio Azzolini.

She won several 1st prizes at the competition Prima La Musica, a special award at the European competition EMCY (2003) and the Gradus ad Parnassum prize with the bassoon trio Triomph in 2004.

In April 2013, it received a special prize at the International Competition in Muri.


Heidrun Wirth-Metzler played with Vienna Symphony Orchestra , Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic.

Tours led her through Europe, USA, Mexico, Russia, Japan and China.
In 2013 she played the premiere of Verdi's Capriccio in Switzerland as well as in Japan.


She received scholarships  from Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now and the Foundation Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll-Dürr. In 2006 she received the gifted scholarship from the University of Music in Vienna.