Summer Festivals Part X

Switzerland - plenty of classical music and, of course, chocolate :)!

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 in Lucerne. At the Gstaad Festival - founded by Yehudi Menuhin now run by swiss-wizz music manager Christoph Müller - they could also have attended the concerts of several other HELLO STAGERs who are preforming at the festival, would they have stayed…

Clarinetist Pablo Barragán and pianist Elmar Gasanov 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.

Hugo Ticciati teamed up with Anastasia Voltchok, piano, and Olivier Darbellay , horn, for some chamber music by Brahms, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Koechlin and Messiaen, only a day after he took his Omodernt-Kammarorkester to Berlin to perform a Rock meets Baroque programme at the Young Euro Classics at the Konzerthaus.

And you can also find pianists Fazil Say , 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.

In Sion, Aleksey and Hyung-ki will keep the audience busy a whole „folle journee“ - good thing that they will have female support from Rusanda Panfili . They also could run into their fellow founding member and very good friend Julian Rachlin , who has just been performing at the BBC Proms and will appear at the final concert of the Sion Festival not only playing the Beethoven Violin concerto but also conducting Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony. And they could hear the Quartetto Guadagnini 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 Veronika Hagen . It is also a much loved tradition that the members of the Orchestra come together for some chamber music. Together with Soprano Salome Kammer and pianist Alexander Lonquich 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 this summer. Also the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is performing under the baton of Bernard Haitink 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 to perform 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 „Progetto Gibson“ - his CD Project successfully funded with the crowd funding campaign. They could have discovered the Amsterdam based Melsima Saxophon Quartet at the Musiksommer am Zürichsee or at their concert in Solothurn. Living in Switzerland, Esther Hoppe 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 - the Progetto Martha Argerich. Nora Schwarzberg - 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 Daniel Auner 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? Aleksey Igudesman’s....

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. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
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