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Vera Schnider was born in 1986 in Lucerne. She studied harp at the Lucerne Conservatory of Music with Xenia Schindler and in Detmold with Godelieve Schrama. The focus of her energies lies in contemporary music. She is a founding member of Ensemble Proton Bern as well as alumnus of the international Ensemble academies run by Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Boswil. In collaboration with composers such as Kaaja Saariaho, Vladimir Tarnopolski, Beat Furrer and Heinz Holliger, Vera deepened her knowledge of and experience in new music.
She has appeared as soloist at KKL and the Lucerne Festival. She performs regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Zurich and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Vera has been involved in many CD-recordings, among them, as soloist with the Basler Madrigalisten for Guildmusic and a Beat Furrer portrait CD for Musiques Suisses.