Foundation Board biographies

Biographies Foundation Board

Urs F. Kaufmann

Chairman of the Board

Trained as a bank officer

till 2003
27 years with UBS AG, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Private Banking Switzerland in Basel

2004 – 2007
Member of the Executive Board and CEO of Swissfirst Bank AG

2007 – 2010
Member of the Executive Board and CEO of Adler & Co. Privatbank AG

since 2011
Co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Kaufmann, Wunderlin & Partner AG

Albert Roman

Artistic Director
Cellist and Conductor

Albert Roman, who grew up in a music-loving family in St. Moritz, was fascinated by the cello early on, which was to decisively influence his entire life. His teachers were Paul Szabo, André Navarra, Pierre Fournier, and Mstislav Rostropovich. His international concert and teaching activity began with two prizes at international music competitions and led him to Europe, Asia, and the United States. His repertoire as a soloist includes more than 100 works from the Baroque to the 21st century. Thus, he premiered numerous works, some of which were dedicated to him. Albert Roman also champions contemporary music with introductory concerts and has performed with Pierre Boulez as a conductor. Among Albert Roman’s recordings, the following deserve to be specially mentioned: Rudolf Moser’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the English Chamber Orchestra; Miniatures, a recording of a duo with Italian pianist Bruno Canino; and J S  Bach’s six solo Cello Suites.
A particular concern of his is a creative exchange as part of musical education and training. That is why Albert Roman regularly teaches students, heads workshops and, every summer, conducts a workshop for cello ensemble in St. Moritz. Albert Roman is the Artistic Director of Chesa da Cultura and Conductor of the Swiss China Cello Orchestra. He was honoured with the 1999 Friendship Award of the People’s Republic of China for his promotion of young Chinese musicians. Albert Roman lives in Basel and St Moritz.

Johanna Salomon


Member of the Board

Johanna Salomon, born in 1967, lives in Winterthur, played cello for eight years during her school years and was a member of various orchestras. As a mother of three, she dedicated herself to bringing up her children and soon added foster children to her family, too. Thanks to her skills in dealing with children and adolescents, and in view of the growing need for socio-pedagogical institutions for young adults in Switzerland, Mrs Salomon founded, in 2005 and together with a second foster family, the JWG-Eulach Association. JWG-Eulach offers young people growing up in difficult family and social situations in Winterthur a residence with regular daily routines at the Eulach Centre and support for those living outside the Centre in their own flats. Thanks to this personal support, these young people are encouraged to develop social skills and supported throughout their years of education and training. JWG-Eulach, with Mrs Salomon as its Director and Founding Member, is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year.
As a new member of the Board, Johanna Salomon is looking forward to her tasks as defined by the purpose of the Chesa da Cultura Foundation, in particular the promotion and support of young musicians.

Pierre Boulez
(1925 – 2016)


Honorary President in memoriam
Composer and Conductor

Pierre Boulez, who was born in Montbrison (Département Loire) in 1925, initially studied mathematics before deciding, at the age of 17, to devote himself entirely to music. After studying with Olivier Messiaen and René Leibowitz, who acquainted him with Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique, he introduced himself as a composer with Douze Notations (1945) and two piano sonatas (1946 and 1948) establishing his worldwide reputation above all with the world premiere in Baden-Baden of his chamber cantata Le Marteau sans Maître (1955). In the following years, his career as a conductor took up more and more of his time, culminating in his performances of Parsifal (1966–70) and the Ring (1976–80) at Bayreuth and his appointment as musical director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1960–72) and the New York Philharmonic (1971–75). From 1976 till 1991, he then served as director of IRCAM, the research institute for contemporary music that he founded at the Pompidou Centre and of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. As part of this work, he developed a new compositional style based on advanced technologies; examples of this can be found in Répons or Dialogue de l’Ombre double.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, Pierre Boulez began to turn his attention once again to conducting, leading such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. In the summers of 2004 and 2005, he again conducted Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival and, in 2007, Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at the Vienna Festival.
In 2003, he founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Pierre Boulez is the recipient of the Siemens Music Award, the Praemium Imperiale, the Theodor W. Adorno Award, the Kyoto Award, and the Adenauer de Gaulle Award.
From 1999 till 2016, Pierre Boulez was Honorary President of the Pro Musica e Cultura Foundation.