Returning to Europe after their tour of the US,
Igudesman & Joo
are hardly leaving a stone unturned in Switzerland -
there is a Summer Festival in almost every valley
behind every mountain. Their first stop was in Gstaad,
now they are in Sion and will end their stint in the Alps
- founded by Yehudi Menuhin now run by swiss-wizz music manager
they could also have attended the concerts
of several other HELLO STAGERs who are preforming at the
festival, would they have stayed…
are both part of the
Matinée des Jeunes Etoiles
series. Pablo received the
Prix Credit Suisse in 2013
and is now back with a wonderful recital programme
including some Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, Duparc and
Chausson on Aug 22nd.
You can also still catch Elmar’s recital, he is
featured in the festival as winner of the
Concours Géza Anda 2012.
teamed up with
, piano, and
, horn, for some chamber music by Brahms,
Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Koechlin and Messiaen,
only a day after he took his
to Berlin to perform a Rock meets Baroque programme at
Young Euro Classics at the Konzerthaus.
And you can also find pianists
, Sebstian Knauer
and Kit Armstrong
at the lovely swiss resort.
We will touch on Fazil’s summer whereabouts
in one of the coming blogs and you can read up about
the two others in our German one.
Aleksey and Hyung-ki will keep the audience busy a whole
„folle journee“ - good thing that they will have female support
. They also could run into their fellow founding
member and very good friend
, who has just been performing at the
and will appear at the
final concert of the
not only playing the Beethoven Violin concerto
but also conducting Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony.
And they could hear the
with their Haydn, Bartok, Schubert programme before
they are off to the late festivals in
Leonstein and Italy which they already have toured
in earlier summer.
All four are playing on an instrument by the same maker -
only recently were loaned four instruments by the
luthier Annibale Fagnola
one of the most important luthiers of the
twentieth century in Italy.
Lucerne will see the amazing new show
IGUDESMAN & JOO and
the The League of X-traordinary Musicians!
Aleksey and Hyung-ki are bringing along 16 musicians -
each of course playing their instrument to perfection,
but all of them having another amazing talent!
There is Beatboxing and acrobatics, Robotic Dance and
Violaerobic (still need to work out what that might be…)
But equally amazing musicians are
all around the swiss town during the
whole festival time of course! Members of the
Mahler Chamber Orchester
and well known soloists gather in the
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
every summer - amongst them violist
. It is also a much loved tradition that the members
of the Orchestra come together for some chamber music.
Together with Soprano
they have come up with an amazing evening!
They are taking their audience to the
Cabaret with Wiliam Walton’s Facade
Martinu’s wonderful ballet suite La Revue de Cuisine
und Schönberg’s Pierrot lunaire.
Of course this wonderful summer festival is also on
the tour schedule of the
San Francisco Symphony
Also the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
is performing under the baton of
here in two concerts before they travel on to London
for the Proms together.
But I&J completely missed a few of our members too -
violist Lech Antonio Uszynski
and his Stradivari Quartett
was joined by Antoine Tamestit and David Pia
the Brahms Sextett
in the Church St.Marzellus in Gersau for
the annual Stradivari concert of the Stiftung Habisreutinger.
This was followed by the recording of the
- his CD Project
successfully funded with the crowd funding campaign.
They could have discovered the
Amsterdam based Melsima Saxophon Quartet
Musiksommer am Zürichsee
or at their concert in Solothurn.
Living in Switzerland,
did not have to travel far to participate
in the Davos Festival
where she performed in 5 different concerts
over the length of the festival.
One wonderful and exceptional Swiss festival
took place before we even started this
series but of course needs to be mentioned as well -
Progetto Martha Argerich.
- a longstanding participant despite her youth -
performanced the 1st Brahms sonata
together with chamber-music partner,
pianist Lily Maisky
back in June.
But we don’t want to get stuck on Switzerland -
there are HELLO STAGErs to be found on the opposite side
of the world too and we should take a quick look:
We just missed the concert of
Paula & Fabiana Chávez
in their native Argentina.
This special piano duo actually specialize
in piano 4 hands rather than two pianos performances.
The next stop
is South Africa where
is on tour with the Duo Mozartino
performing with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
as well as in recital -
and guess who’s works are amongst the repertoire?
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
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