He was born in Aarau (Switzerland) and
started as a self-taught person on the trumpet at the age of eleven. At
the age of fifteen he won a prize at the Swiss Youth Music Competition, a
national contest for young Swiss performers. He entered the Monastery
Grammar school in Einsiedeln and took trumpet lessons with Max
Sommerhalder in Zurich.
After receiving a Teacherís Diploma in
General Education at the Teachersí Training College in Zug, he became an
active teacher for three years. He then began his studies in music under
the guidance of Peter Knodt in Basel, where he completed his studies with
a Bachelorís degree in Trumpet performance. He devoted his time
intensively to analysing the Trumpet philosophy of the German trumpeter
Malte Burba (University
of Mainz, Germany).
At the same time he taught the trumpet at
the Swiss music schools in Rheinfelden / Kaiseraugst and Windisch for five
years. Following that he won a position in the Arizona State University
trumpet studio, where he studied the trumpet under the direction of
Hickman. He graduated from
Arizona State University
(ASU) with a Masterís degree in trumpet performance.
While studying at ASU he received an
outstanding Brass Jury Award for performing the Sonata in D by Carlo
Tessarini. His preferences include the baroque repertoire and the piccolo
He also did complementary studies for
English language teaching at the College of Language in Aarau, where he
obtained the diploma to be able to teach English to the higher grade
classes in the Swiss schools.
Additionally, he attendend complementary
trumpet lessons and Masterclasses given by the american trumpeters
Jerome Callet (Staten
Island, New York) and
Robert Bahb Ciciletti (Stanhope, New Jersey).
Currently, Matthias Merki teaches music
Unterstrass (Zurich) and at the
music school in Baden.