Werner Späth was solo horn in the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich after World War II and a professor at the Zürich Conservatory of Music for many years. He was an outstanding horn player and composer, and also an amateur violist.

Späth is German, but he fled to Switzerland from Nazi Germany.

Späth was honored with the Punto Award at the 2007 International Horn Workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.