Marco Amherd has completed a degree in choral conducting from the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He has also studied organ pedagogy and performance at the Zürich University of the Arts, the University of music in Freiburg im Breisgau (soloist diploma), and the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures Musique et Danse in Toulouse.
He completed his studies with honors. His teachers include Prof. Markus Utz, Prof. Beat Schäfer, Prof. Martin Schmeding, Prof. Andreas Jost, Michel Bouvard, Jan Willem Jansen and Prof. Tobias Willi.
Since August 2015, he has served as the cantor at the Johanneskirche in Zürich and an organ instructor at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich (MKZ). In autumn 2018, he took a lecturer position in choral conducting at the Zurich Universtiy of the Arts (ZHdK). In addition to his solo career as an organist, he conducts several professional and semi-professional ensembles (Davos Festival Kammerchor, Schweizer Vokalconsort, Vocal Ensemble Zürich West, Ensemble Ripieno, Ensemble Pícaro, Youth Choir Zurich). In 2017, he won first prize in the Swiss Choir Competition with the Vokalensemble Zürich West. At the Montreux Choral Festival 2018, the ensemble won first prize and the Audience Award.
His repertoire focuses on vocal and organ music by Bach, Schütz and Reger, as well as compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Over the past several years, Marco has won a series of awards in solo organ performance, including 2nd place at the International Bach Competition in Wiesbaden (2018), 3rd place at the Gottfried Silbermann Competition Freiberg (2017) and 2nd place at the Kurt-Bossler Competition Freiburg (2016). Additionally, he also won the Prix Collard at the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation (2015), won 2nd place at the Mendelssohn Competition Aarau (2015), received the Madeleine Dubuis Foundation scholarship in 2014, and finally, won the Joseph Auchter Award in 2011.
Marco has been a scholarship holder in the conducting forum of the German Music Council since 2016. As part of this promotion, he was able to work with ensembles such as the NDR Choir, the WDR Choir, the Choir of the Dresden Semperoper, the Philharmonic Chorus Berlin and the Kammerchor Saarbrücken.
Marco has attended masterclasses with Michael Gläser, Stefan Parkman, Frieder Bernius, Simon Halsey, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jörn Hinnerk Andresen, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Dan-Olaf Stenlund, Ludger Lohmann, François Espinasse, Rudolf Lutz, Bernhard Haas and Lorenzo Ghielmi.