Foundation Board

The Board, as the supreme body, is responsible for the strategic orientation of the Foundation pursuant to the purpose of the Foundation.

President of the Foundation Board since 01/01/2024
Member of the Foundation Board since 2017

Zeno Gabaglio – Photo ©BAK

Zeno Gabaglio studied music teaching, free improvisation and philosophy (in Lugano, Basel and Florence) and launched himself as a composer and cellist in the field of contemporary music before turning to improvisation and experimental electronica. Also very active in film and theatre music, he has performed throughout Europe, America and Asia, issued five record albums and composed in excess of forty soundtracks.

Vice-president of the Foundation Board since 01/01/2024
Member of the Foundation Board since 01/01/2024

Désirée Meiser – Photo ©Désirée Meiser

Désirée Meiser is the initiator, co-founder and artistic director of Gare du Nord in Basel, a cultural venue that bills itself as a «station for new music». In cooperation with the Lucerne Festival, the FHNW Basel Academy of Music and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, she has staged music theatre productions and successively established Gare du Nord as a destination for contemporary music theatre with the Musiktheaterformen series. She takes a keen interest in promoting young talent.

New member

Anicia Kohler – Photo ©Anicia Kohler

Anicia Kohler is a composer and writer. Following studies at what is now the Jazzcampus, part of the FHNW School of Music, she trained in scoring for orchestra and film music, most recently graduating from the Music and Social Action course at Yale University (USA) in 2020. As a band leader and pianist, she has issued four record albums and a book. An editor at the Association of Swiss Music Schools and a freelance writer for magazines and companies, she is currently curating the «Jazz Talks» discussion format at the Schaffhausen Jazz Festival. 

Member of the Foundation Board since 01/01/2024

Philippe Savoy – Photo ©Philippe Savoy

Philippe Savoy is a saxophone player, choirmaster and family man. In 2019 he was appointed director of the Fribourg site of the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud-Valais-Fribourg (HEMU), which is part of the Music and Performing Arts faculty at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Western Switzerland (HES-SO). He began his training in Fribourg (Switzerland), followed by studies in Lausanne, Zurich and Sion. Philippe Savoy has graced stages on five continents, experiencing musical thrills at the Tokyo Opera House, the Sydney Opera House, the Sur bar in Buenos Aires, St Anne’s Church in Jerusalem, St Michel’s Church in Fribourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

Member of the Foundation Board since 2010

Andreas Wegelin – Photo ©Lisa Burth

Andreas Wegelin studied law, musicology, art history and piano, graduating with a master’s in law (lic.iur.) from the University of Bern. He joined the SUISA Cooperative in 1987 and was appointed its CEO in 2010. Since 2016, he has been the chairman of the board of directors of the subsidiary Mint Digital Services AG. During the course of his professional career, he has served on the management boards of the Swiss Music Council, among other organisations, and on the Board of Trustees of the Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW).