Biography of Hobi Martin:
Born in Glarus in 1961. He studied conducting, the organ (in which he took his concert diploma) and church music in Zurich and Lucerne, then did postgraduate studies in Paris and attended various masterclasses. Martin Hobi is a professor at the Lucerne University of Music, where he heads the church music section. He also lectures in church music at the Theological Faculty of the University of Lucerne. Since 2009 he has been the editor of the Swiss specialist journal Musik und Liturgie. He works as an organist and church musician in Hinwil in Canton Zurich. From 1996 to 2008 he was the principal church musician at the City Church of Rapperswil in Canton St. Gallen. From 1993 to 2006 he was the President of the Swiss Catholic Church Music Association (SKMV). His further activities include giving concerts and courses, publishing and consulting. Hobi’s successful artistic collaboration with the Badener Vokalensemble as its artistic director began in 1992. Together they have repeatedly offered unusual concert programmes on a high artistic level. Hobi has worked with Carl Rütti since 1997. Hobi initiated and conducted the premières of Rütti’s Christus Lebensbaum (2000) for performance in church services and the Frieze of the Listeners (2003). In 2008 he conducted the Swiss première of Rütti’s Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra.