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MARIA GEHRIG (* 1988) grew up in Andermatt UR. At the age of 4 she learned to play the recorder and at the age of 8 she started to play the violin. She had first lessons at the music school Uri, then at the Zurich Conservatory for Classical and Jazz with Jens Lohmann. In the summer of 2013 she completed the Master of Arts in Music Education at the Lucerne School of Music (majoring in classical violin with Igor Karsko and minor folk music with Noldi Alder). From 2014 to 2016 she studied in the Master of Arts in Music, major performance with Ina Dimitrova and Paul Giger, also in Lucerne.

Maria plays in numerous formations: "Eiger Monk & UrSchwyz", "InterFolk", "Duo Fränggi & Maria Gehrig", "Giigers Bertholdä Seffis Striichquartett", "Stegreif GmbH", "Hüüsgüsig Gehrig" and "Cottage". In addition, she regularly participates in projects of the "collegium musicum uri", the "Camerata Helvetica" and the "Trievent". Maria Gehrig received an Ernst Göhner Scholarship in 2012 and in the autumn of 2013 received a grant from the Art and Cultural Foundation Heinrich Danioth. She attended masterclasses with Zakhar Bron and Giuliano Carmignola.

FRANZ (FRÄNGGI) GEHRIG was born in 1986 and grew up in Andermatt (Uri). As an 8-year-old he started playing the accordion. This was followed by the first public appearances with the Hüüsmüsig Gehrig, a formation that still exists. Over time, Fränggi Gehrig has developed into a versatile accordionist. Today he works as a freelance musician and composer and is involved in various musical projects. Although his roots lie in the traditional Swiss folk music, he is dedicated more and more to experimental folk music, as well as other styles.

After graduating as a civil engineer at the HSR Rapperswil, he studied accordion at the Lucerne School of Music with a focus on folk music and composition. In the summer of 2016 he was awarded the FONDATION SUISA prize in the category "new, current folk music".

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