Benjamin Nyffenegger has been assistant principal cellist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich since 2008. As a chamber musician and founding member of the Julia Fischer Quartet (including Julia Fischer, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Nils Mönkemeyer) as well as the Oliver Schnyder Trio (with Andreas Janke and Oliver Schnyder) he pursues an intensive international concert career, performing in important music centres throughout Europe and Asia (Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Prinzregententheater Munich, Wiener Musikverein, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Tonhalle Zürich, Taipei National Concert Hall) as well as at festivals such as Schwetzingen, Prague Spring, Menuhin Gstaad, Frankfurt, Brucknerfest Linz, Septembre Musical, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Pärnu Music Festival.
Chamber music partnerships have also paired Nyffenegger with musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Hope, Yulianna Avdeeva, Daniel Behle, Marc Bouchkov, Sarah Chang, Wolfram Christ, Vilde Frang, Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas, Maximilian Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott, Alina Pogostkina, Maxim Rysanov, Lars Anders Tomter, Rudens Turku, Jörg Widmann and William Youn. As a soloist, Nyffenegger performs with orchestras such as the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich.
Numerous public radio stations throughout Europe document his musical work. His CD recordings of the complete piano trios by Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms (RCA Red Seal, Sony Classical) with the Oliver Schnyder Trio received the highest praise in the international music press, as did the album WinterreiseN with the tenor Daniel Behle, which added two “shadow protagonists” – violin and cello – to the Schubert cycle. Benjamin Nyffenegger received his first cello lessons from Magdalena Sterki-Hauri before he became a junior student of Walter Grimmer at the Zürich University of the Arts. He completed his studies with a Master of Performing Arts at the same institution as a student of Thomas Grossenbacher in 2005. Master classes have led him to David Geringas, Allan Harris, David Finckel and Victor Simon. Nyffenegger is the Artistic Director of the SeetalClassics concert series in Seon/Switzerland.