Biography of Zela Rico:
Rico Zela (member of the Aulos Quartet) was born in Zürich where he grew up and received at an early age a thorough musical education as a member of the Zürcher Sängerknaben. He sang as a soprano on renowned opera stages, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Herbert von Karajan and Georges Prêtre.
During secondary school he dedicated himself to the study of the oboe and the piano. After his final school exams he started studying at the Music Academy in Basel with Omar Zoboli. He then studied at the High School for Arts in Utrecht in the class of Ernest Rombout, where he obtained his orchestra and concert diploma with honours.
The study of baroque oboe with Kerstin Kramp and Frank de Bruine, together with numerous masterclasses with François Leleux, Alfredo Bernardini, Omar Zoboli and Christian Hommel, completed his thorough training.Rico Zela was awarded grants from the Bruno-Schuler and the Marianne and Curt Dienemann foundations. He is a prizewinner of the Orpheus Chamber Music Competition.
Parallel to his intense activities as a chamber musician and a soloist, which started when he was still a student, he gathered a precious experience as an orchestral musician, in particular with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra and the Bern Symphony Orchestra. Today, besides his activities as a free-lance chamber musician, Rico Zela also devotes himself to teaching, composition and conducting.