Eliane is a genre-busting singer, guitarist and songwriter. Born in Switzerland and based in NYC, she has performed in clubs and festivals from Buenos Aires to Berlin, Bangkok to Beijing, and everywhere in between. Combining Jazz, Latin, African and Brazilian rhythms with funky grooves and retro pop, she creates a sophisticated sound all her own. You can find her original music on Netflix, in several award-winning series, and on international broadcasts. Her melodies and lyrics are as fresh as the Swiss Alps where she was raised, taking you on a voyage from the stunning vineyards of Switzerland to New York City’s canyons of steel.



Singer, guitarist and songwriter Eliane Amherd is a true cosmopolitan artist: Born in Switzerland, she lives in New York, and it is that city’s savvy multicultural energy that most influences the unique sound of her original compositions: jazzy, groovy and rooted in African, Brazilian and Latin music. Inventive, enchanted yet earthy. Amherd is an equally talented composer/lyricist whose words and music are as refreshing as the air of the Swiss Alps where she was raised. 

A graduate from The New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she performs as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s premiere clubs like SOB's,  Blue Note, Nublu, BAM, BBKing and tours in North- and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where she appeared in international Festivals in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Mongolia, e.g., International Festival in Hong Kong, Beijing Nine Gate Jazz Festival, Shenzhen OCT Loft Festival, Beishan International Festival in Zhuhai, Jazzmandu Festival in Kathmandu, Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival in Mongolia, Yangon World Music Festival in Myanmar, Unplugged Festival in Zermatt. Montreux Jazz Festival and Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Mondo.NYC Festival with Swiss Live Talents.  

In 2023 Eliane had the honor to compose a song “Viola” for the reception of the Swiss Bundespresident 2024 Viola Amherd. The live performance was featured in the Swiss National news. Her albums "La Dégustation" - a musical wine tasting", “Now and from Now on” and "Skylines" which are broadcast internationally, continue to receive great press reviews and have topped the play list of several US Radio Stations. Eliane also arranged and produced the Swiss Miss Sampler “heimweh”, featuring reknown Swiss artists like Eliana Burki, Nubya, Gigi Moto, Corin Curschellas, Mia Aegerter etc. This recording has earned her many great press reviews, interviews on Swiss national radio stations and an appearance on the popular Swiss talk show "Aeschbacher".

In 2013 she was a candidate of the first edition of "the Voice of Switzerland" on Swiss National TV and in 2017 she was the runner up for "best Singer Songwriter in Switzerland" at the Montreux Jazz Festival. From 2010 to 2020 she was the musical director of the "Frauenstimmen Festival" in her home town Brig, Switzerland and in 2015 she was the musical director of the "OrchExtra Gottardo" at the Expo Milano, Italy. In 2010 she was the first recipient of the MUSIK PRO award from the Kulturrat Kanton Wallis.  

Eliane's original songs can be heard on the Netflix series "An astrological guide to broken hearts", on the award winning web series "Constance Cooks" and the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” by filmmaker Marc Meyers. She plays guitar in the Pacha Massive video “don’t let go“ on MTV, appears on the Swiss National TV SRF production “A Night at the Apollo” and  her voice is featured on Jeremy Mage's song "Slippery Light" which aired on the NBC hit TV series "Lipstick Jungle".  

Eliane plays at Embassies around the globe and entertained companies like Bvlgari, Time Warner Cable, C.F. Bucherer, Baloise, MySwitzerland Tourism and major events, e.g., the World Expo 2015 in Milan, the Soiree Suisse at the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC, the reopening of the Silverstein Building at the World Trade Center (alongside Lou Reed, Susan Vega, and the Brazilian Girls), the opening of the Swiss Business Hub in Hong Kong, the 20th anniversary of Switzerland in the United Nations, the reception of Swiss Bundespresident and many more. 

Eliane plays guitar in different NYC bands and has worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Bashiri Johnson, Bill Ware, Hagar Ben Ari, appears on many albums of fellow musicians and DJ’s as a featured singer or guitarist, and performs with the best musicians NYC has to offer.

TOURS and Accolades 

International Tours: Eliane Amherd is a touring musician and has performed in Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA. 

Notable Festivals: Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland, MondoNYC Festival, Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival Mongolia, Yangon World Music Festival Myanmar, JazzMandu Festival Nepal, Hong Kong International Festival, Beishan International Festival Zuhai, Nine Gate Festival Beijing,  Ascona Jazz Festival Switzerland, Zermatt Unplugged Festival Switzerland… 

Notable NYC Clubs: City Vineyard, Birdland, Jazz Standard, BAM, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, Cutting Room, Gramercy Theatre, BBKings, SOB’s, Zinc Bar, Nublu, Subrosa, Rockwood Music Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, PangeaNYC, Jazz Wahi, Room623, Shrine, Cafe Wha?, Groove, Superfine, Bembe, Club Bonafide, Silvanas, DROM, Cornelias Street Café, Knitting Factory …

Notable Events: Eliane has played for Embassies around the world and for organizations like the United Nations, events like the Milan World Expo, the Soirée Suisse in Washington DC  and companies like Bvlgari, Time Warner Cable, C.F. Bucherer, Baloise, MySwitzerland Tourism, Swiss Wine and Swiss Wine Valais…

TV, Movies, Web : Eliane's original music is on Netflix "An astrological guide to broken hearts", on the award winning web series “Constance Cooks”, the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” by filmmaker Marc Meyers. She appears on the Pacha Massive video “don’t let go“ on MTV, on the Swiss National TV SRF production “A Night at the Apollo” and  on Jeremy Mage's song "Slippery Light"  for the NBC hit TV series "Lipstick Jungle".  

She was a candidate on the Voice of Switzerland, a finalist on the Montreux Jazz Festival Singer Songwriter competition and a Ted X speaker. Eliane has been the musical director of the Frauenstimmen Festival featuring female acts in Brig, Switzerland and was the first recipient of the MusikPro award of the canton Valais Switzerland.

CV Curiculum Vitae 


Concerts: NYC e.g. United Nations, JazzWahi, Pangea

San Diego




Switzerland e.g. Defence Minister Meeting Switzerland, Germany Austria, 

Reception of Swiss president Viola Amherd, 

Festival Rive Jazzy Nyon, Tavolata ZH, 

NYC e.g. Swiss Wine Week, United Nations, Room623

Washington DC



Baloise Night 

Commission for Viola composed for the reception of Swiss president Viola Amherd by Eliane Amherd




Sri Lanka e.g. Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy 

Switzerland e.g. Ascona Jazz Festival, Caves…

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Eliane Amherd: vocals, guitars, composition, lyrics, arrangement, production

2023 Viola

With Eliane Amherd, Jackie Coleman, Linus Wyrsch, Yoshi Waki, Manu Koch, Sean Dixon

2021 La Dégustation

With Eliane Amherd, Amanda Ruzza, Rosa Avila, Bashiri Johnson

2019 Voyage Voyage 

With Eliane Amherd, Amanda Ruzza, Rosa Avila

2016 Skylines

With Eliane Amherd, Willard Dyson, Gustavo Amarante, Ze Mauricio, Marcus Strickland, Hagar BenAri, Bill Ware, Jeremy Mage, Jennifer Vincent, Mathias Kunzli, John Burdick, Jeremy Lawton, Jason Sarubbi 

2011 Now and from Now on

With Eliane Amherd, Bill Ware, Willard Dyson, Gustavo Amarante, Ze Mauricio, Jason Sarubbi 

2008 Swiss Miss heimweh

With Eliane Amherd, Nubya, Eliana Burki, Corin Curschellas, Gigi Moto, Mia Aegerter, Jamie Wong Li, Irina Simoneta, Andra Borlo, Connie Stadler, Yolanda Schallbetter, Christin Maho, Valerie Fellay,

Nino G, Dex, Adrian Mira, Hagar Ben Ari, Jennifer Vincent, Uri Sharlin, Abou 

2006 As if

With Eliane Amherd, Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Hagar BenAri, Jennifer Vincent, Mathias Künzli, Jeremy Mage, Jason Sarubbi 


Eliane Amherd is a featured artist on

Bill Ware Wonderfull + Urban Vibes, Pacha Massive All good things, Linard Bardill Dis Land mis Land, Andra Borlo Pieces of Buenos Aires, David Last Push Pull, Jamie Affumado Affamily, David Berk one + two, Amiel Figures seeking ground, Bryan Lurie Ziq Street, ds Personal Primo, Dawn Drake Salon du Coiffeur