A native of Berne, Anna Barbara Dütschler first studied violin with Ulrich Lehmann at the citys conservatory before moving to Holland in 1979, at which time she also made the final decision in favor of the viola. She studied with Thomas Lorand at the Rotterdam Conservatory (teaching diploma 1983) and with Misha Geller and Prunella Pacey at the Utrecht Conservatory (soloist diploma 1986).
Already during her studies she performed as a substitute in various orchestras in Holland. She was the first viola in the National Youth Orchestra and became a member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hilversum in 1987. During this time she received important impulses from Vladimir Mendelssohn and Bruno Giuranna, as well as through participation at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado (USA). She performed in a number of different chamber music ensembles, including regularly with her trio of clarinet, viola and piano.
Anna Barbara Dütschler returned to Switzerland in 1990, without, however,
breaking her ties to Holland, where she still occasionally performs chamber
music. From 1994 till 2001 she was the leading violist in the Orchestre de
Chambre de Neuchâtel. She teached at the Thun Music School and performs
in Switzerland as well as abroad.
Chamber music is her special love, as well as the discovery of unknown and rarely performed works.