The Swiss conductor, organist, harpsicordist, pianist, and composer, Rudolf Lutz, received his musical training initially in Wintherthur and later Zürich and Vienna (organ with Jean-Claude Zehnder and Anton Heiller, piano with Christoph Lieske and conducting with Karl Oesterreicher).
Rudolf Lutz, who has been Musical Director of the St Gallen Chamber Ensemble since 1986, leads a busy and varied musical life. He is organist of the Church of St Lawrence in St Gallen and director of the St Gallen Chamber Ensemble and the St Gallen Bach Choir.
Rudolf Lutz is a teacher for historical improvisation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, and a teacher of basso continuo, score playing and oratorio at the School of Music and Movement in Zürich. He also teaches at the Academy for Music Teachers and Church Music Lucerne, and is often asked to head courses teaching improvisation in classical forms in his homeland and abroad.
Rudolf Lutz has toured extensively in Switzerland and abroad and broadcast for Radio DRS (Switzerland) and South West German Radio. Examples for his wide-ranging musical interests include his many concerts, teaching at interpretation seminars, diverse compositions and chamber music performances in addition to playing the dulcimer in the original Appenzell string ensemble "Alpenglühn" and appearances as a jazz musician. Rudolf Lutz has been working with Andrzej Kowalski for many years, both in concertos for violin and organ and as a salon-duo. In 1990 Andrzei Kowalski also appeared as a soloist in the Summer Concert of rhe St Gallen Chamber Ensemble.