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.
Annette has recently returned to Zürich after playing for three months as principal horn of the Bulgarian State Opera, Stara Zagora.
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.
In Zürich Yui freelances with many local orchestras. As well as orchestral playing, Yui is passionate about chamber music and has played in many smaller ensembles since moving to Zürich. As a soloist she has given recitals in Japan and particularly enjoys performing contemporary repertoire. Yui began playing the alphorn in 2015 and took to it immediately. She is particularly renowned for her fine tone quality and expressivity.
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.
Currently she is principal horn of the Bulgarian State Opera in Stara Zagora. She returns frequently to Zürich to perform with The Alpine Sisters.