Rolf Schumacher, founder and director of the Berne Symphonic Wind Orchestra, was born in Berne. He started his professional studies in conducting with Albert Benz at the Conservatory of Lucerne in 1980, where he successfully graduated in 1985.
From 1979 to 1983, he studied conducting with Dr. Ewald Körner, director of music at the Municipal Theatre in Berne. He participated in several international seminars and in February 1998, he was elected conductor of the well-known Feldmusik Sarnen, which he directed until 2016.
In 2002, he was elected to the Musical Board of the Swiss Music Association.
In addition, Rolf Schumacher is acting as guest conductor and music teacher. Beyond his job as a teacher for conductor courses, Rolf Schumacher is an expert at music festivals and music universities.
From 2005 to 2015, he was art director of the ‚Jungfrau Music Festival‘. In 2009, he was elected Board Member to the Board of WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles).
Since 2010, he is a lecturer for music jury courses at the Federal Academy in Trossingen, Germany. Teaching activities for conducting at Bern University of Arts complete his field of activity.