Annette was born in Cardiff and at the age of 8 decided she wanted to play the trombone but was told that her arms were too short. She is eternally grateful for that teacher’s wisdom and began playing the horn instead, rapidly progressing through the local youth ensembles and eventually going on to become principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Annette studied BMus at Manchester University and Masters at Trinity College of Music. Whilst living in London she worked with various UK orchestras and gained a place on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s experience scheme on the natural horn. In 2013 She moved to Zürich to study at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. During her studies she played with the Zürich Opera Orchestra and was the horn Academist of Bern Sinfonieorchester for the 2014-2015 season.
In 2016 Annette played for 3 Months as principal horn of the Bulgarian State Opera, Stara Zagora before returning to Zürich where she currently works as a freelance horn and alphorn player, manages The Alpine Sisters and is studying a Master of Advanced Studies in clinical music therapy.
Yui Yukutake was born in Nagasaki, Japan. Her family come from Takashima, a small Island with just 389 inhabitants! After her regular education, she began to study french horn with Ryuzo Miyoshi. Yui then swapped the tranquillity of her Island for the sky-scrapers of Tokyo, continuing her studies with Nobuyuki Mizuno at the Tokyo College of Music. In 2014 she moved to Zürich to study at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) with Nigel Downing.
Yui is a renowned alphorn soloist and in 2018 won the 1st prize in the world’s biggest alphorn competition at the Nendaz international alphorn festival. Yui is studying orchestral Masters with Radovan Vlatković in Zürich and has recently been playing with the Zürich Opera.
Carlie Bigelow was born in Toronto, Canada. She started playing the horn at the age 11 and quickly joined the local youth orchestras and school bands. She continued on to complete her Bachelor of Music in performance at the University of Toronto studying with Harcus Hennigar. Whilst in Toronto she had the privilege of performing with the world-famous brass quintet, Canadian Brass. Carlie also worked for the Canadian Forces and was a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada Military Band.
In 2013 Carlie moved to Zürich and in 2016 she completed her Masters in Orchestral Playing from the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste where she studied with Radovan Vlatković. In Zürich she free-lanced with many different local orchestras and discovered alphorn playing.
Since finishing her studies, Carlie has been in high demand as a horn player all over Europe, playing as principal horn of the Bulgarian State Opera Stara Zagora from 2016-2017, before joining the Concerto Orchestra Budapest where she played from 2017-2018 then moving to her current position in the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava. She returns regularly to Switzerland to perform with the Alpine Sisters.
At the age of 12, Jessica Frossard began studying horn at the Freiburg Conservatory. She continued her studies at the University of Music (HEMU) in Lausanne, first in the class of Geneviève Huot, then in the class of Olivier Alvarez. She also studied natural horn in Olivier Darbellay’s class. She obtained her teaching diploma in 2003, then her Master of Arts the following year and two years later, a teaching diploma HEP. She has taught for several years in different colleges while continuing to improve her instrumental level and performing regularly in various orchestral and chamber music concerts. She plays in many orchestras in Switzerland and also likes to go outside of the classical repertoire playing jazz, funk, rock, pop and experimental music.
Jessica started playing with the Alpine Sisters in 2018 and they were delighted when she agreed to become an official member of the group in March 2019, opening up new horizons for them with her experience in improvisation and her exceptional talent for yodeling.