Werner Egger was born and educated in Switzerland. Upon leaving school, he undertook a 3-year apprenticeship to master tuner Felix Rohner of PANArt; involving several trips to Trinidad, the birthplace of the Steelpan. There, he studied under one of the country’s great instrument makers, Roland Harrigin, and absorbed the culture and vitality of the Trinidadian pan scene firsthand. These memories continue to inspire him today.
In 1995, Werner founded CosmoPan, making and tuning instruments for a range of institutions and individuals, including over 50 steel orchestras across Europe and Trinidad. These travels have granted him the privilege of further studies with some of the best Steelpan tuners worldwide.
In 2009, he came to Australia to donate his skills to a community recovery project introducing Steelpan music to Marysville, Victoria, in the aftermath of the Black Saturday Bushfires. This project culminated in the formation of the Triangle Community Steelband Association, fostering several community and school bands in the region and bringing Werner to live and work permanently in Australia.
Relaunching CosmoPan ‘down under’, he hopes to spread the joy of Steelpans to a new audience, promoting the versatility and unique accessibility of this extraordinary instrument.