Manuel Oswald, born in Fribourg, studied the violin with Gyula Stuller, Sebastian Hamann and Rainer Schmidt, as well as chamber music with Walter Levin and the Hagen Quartet. He attended masterclasses with Tibor Varga, Charles-André Linale, Eberhard Feltz, Andras Schiff and Erich Höbarth.
Manuel performed as concertmaster of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra for contemporary music and regularly joins the Festival Strings Lucerne on their tours.
From 2004 to 2014, Manuel was the second violinist of the Gémeaux Quartet and performed with this ensemble in such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Wigmore Hall in London, the KKL in Lucerne and the Cologne Philharmonie. As a member of this group he was a prizewinner at major international competitions such as the ARD Competition in Munich, Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna and the Franz Schubert Competition in Graz.
Manuel Oswald has been a guest teacher for chamber music at the Lucerne Conservatory and for string quartets at the Basel Conservatory, as well as part of the ensemble in residence at the Folkwang Music University of Essen. Every summer, Manuel is a teacher at the Talent Week music courses in Lucerne.
He is currently the conductor and artistic director of the Baar Chamber Orchestra.