The Artists

Rafael Rosenfeld
Cello

Rafael Rosenfeld, Artistic Director

With his first prize win in December 2000 at the International Geneva Competition, Rafael Rosenfeld firmly established his reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting cellists. He toured Europe as a soloist including performances with orchestras like the SWR Stuttgart, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich, the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Orchestra of Lugano, the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Zürich Chamber Orchestra.

 

In addition to his success at the Geneva competition, Rafael Rosenfeld won numerous other prizes and awards at national and international competitions including third prize at the International ARD competition in Munich, a special prize at the International Jost competition in Lausanne and the highest award at the 1997 Migros Chamber Music Competition. In 1990 he was selected to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision competition in Vienna and in 1994 he was a finalist at the Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow. He has made numerous radio and television appearances.

 

Rafael Rosenfeld received his musical education at the Zürich Conservatory and the Lübeck College of Music where his cello professors were Walter Grimmer and David Geringas respectively. Further inspiration came through world-acclaimed musicians like András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Sandor Végh, Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirschbaum, Menahem Pressler and György Kurtág.

 

Rafael Rosenfeld has followed invitations to important festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Ittinger Whitsun Concerts, Young Artists in Concert, Davos, the Interlakner Festwochen, Zürcher Festspiele and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove. In 1995 Rafael Rosenfeld became the principal cellist of the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the ensemble's youngest member. In addition he is a member of Andras Schiff's chamber orchestra Cappella Andrea Barca.

 

Chamber music plays a cental role in Rafael Rosenfeld's musical life. For many years he performed as cellist of the Rosenfeld Trio and later was invited to join a trio with the violinist Gabor Takács-Nagy, former first violin of the Takács quartet, and the pianist Dénes Várjon. Since 2002 his focus has been on exploring the string quartet literature with the Merel Quartet.

 

Rafael Rosenfeld is a professor of cello at the Basel Music Academy.

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Mary Ellen Woodside
Violin

Mary Ellen Woodside, Artistic Director

 

First violinist of the Merel Quartet, Mary Ellen Woodside is an avid chamber musician, following invitations to festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Lucerne Festival, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Young Artists in Concert in Davos, Kunstfest Weimar, Omaggio a Palladio in Vicenza and Resonanzen in Sils-Maria. Chamber music partners have included Joshua Bell, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Demenga, Julian Bliss, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Christoph Richter and Dénes Várjon and she has performed as guest first violinist with Signum, Gemaux and Amati quartets.

 

Ms Woodside has performed internationally as a soloist including double concerti with Tabea Zimmermann, Hariolf Schlichtig and Adelina Oprean and she gave premiers of violin concerti by Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Derungs. She has recorded CDs of chamber music by Bohuslav Martinu and Robert Blum and with the Merel Quartet CDs with works of Schumann, Janacek, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schönberg. She has numerous radio recordings for Swiss Radio DRS2 and for German radio SWR2.

 

M. E. Woodside is a frequent guest concertmaster with the Camerata Zürich, Basel Chamber Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. For many years she held the position of principal second of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich and served prior to that as assistant concertmaster of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a member of Andras Schiff’s Capella Andrea Barca.

 

Mary Ellen Woodside studied at the Eastman School of Music with Charles Castleman, graduated with highest honors and received the coveted Performer’s Certificate. She won numerous prizes before coming to Europe to continue her studies at the Guildhall School in London with Yfrah Neaman. She was selected as a soloist for Yehudi Menuhins’ “Live Music Now”, won second prize in the Bryan Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the Washington International and the Kulenkampff Competition in Cologne, Germany. The focal point of further studies were chamber music coachings with mentors including Sándor Végh, András Schiff, György Kurtág, Robert Levin, Alfred Brendel and Ferenc Rados.

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Mary Ellen Woodside, Violin
Edouard Mätzener, Violin
Alessandro D’Amico Viola
Rafael Rosenfeld Cello

Merel Quartet

„An unforgettable interpretation“ writes the Neue Luzerner Zeitung (Lucerne), „The Merel Quartet’s exploration of Schubert’s inner turmoil, how they created a shadowy stillness in pianissimo, was breathtaking.“

 

Commended for their stylistic awareness, maturity of expression and command of form, the Merel Quartet have been captivating audiences since 2002. An exceptionally communicative quartet, the Merels have received unanimous praise: „This young ensemble’s music-making is extraordinarily precise and tonally excedingly well-matched“ writes the Wiener Zeitung (Vienna) and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zürich) lauded the Merel Quartet for playing „...with utmost expressivity and a subtle sense of form, tone and rhetoric“.

 

The Merel Quartet has performed extensively in Europe in venues like the Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Festspiele and Kunstfest Weimar. Known for their vivid performances, the quartet has excited audiences in Italy, France, Germany, England, Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

 

The quartet enjoys collaborations with artists like Ruth Ziesak, Juliane Banse, Jörg Widmann, Diemut Poppen, Natalia Gutman, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Demenga, Denes Varjon, and Alfred Brendel. Known for their versatility, the Merels perform an extensive repertoire spanning three centuries from Bach and Purcell through to contemporary masters like Kurtag, Saariaho and Holliger.

 

Frequent live radio performances on Swiss Radio SRF2 and Radio Suisse Romande as well as German Radio SWR2 have brought the Merel Quartet added recognition. The quartet’s debut album including works by Schumann, Janacek and award-winning Swiss composer David Philip Hefti was praised as the „...outstanding CD-Premier of a first-rate quartet“ (Neue Zürich Zeitung am Sonntag).

 

Performances of works by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn on the Merel’s second album also received high acclaim. „Permeated with a feverish intensity, with close attention to detail and exquisitely balanced illumination of the voices“ and „..their sound, agile and transparent, with a wide range of tonal colors, is irresistable“ writes Thomas Bopp of Das Orchester. Cathy Fuller, in her show „New and Notable Releases“ on Boston Public Radio WGBH proclaimed „This is a stunning recording, brimming with life and longing and sustained by an intelligent sense of line. The quartet’s devotion to bringing across each of the two quartets as complete unfolding constructions makes the experience all the more poignant. Gorgeous.“

 

„In an age remarkably rich in string quartets of high quality, the Merel Quartet is, in my opinion, one of the very best.“ Alfred Brendel

 

www.merelquartet.com

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Marianna Shirinyan
Piano

Marianna Shirinyan

Armenian-born Marianna Shirinyan is one of the most creative and sought after pianists in Europe today. Her vibrant and virtuos musicianship puts her in demand, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Shirinyan plays with great sensitivity, understanding, technical brilliance and beauty of tone, which allows her to offer a wide range of repertoire. Her love for the music and her joy in sharing it with a larger audience are apparent in her performances.

 

She has received Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s prestigious P2 award for her contribution to Danish musical life and the critics prize of the association of Danish critics. She is a frequent guest at a string of international music festivals, among them the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Bodensee Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, MDR Summer Music Festival, Festspillene in Bergen.

 

Simultaneously she has won the reputation of being one of this generation's leading pianists through solo appearances with orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, Munich Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice to name a few. She enjoyed collaborations with conductors such as Michael Balke, Lawrence Foster, Zoltan Kocsis, Antonello Manacorda, Jun Märkl, Eva Ollikainen, Daniel Raiskin, Lan Shui, Thomas Søndergård, Marc Soustrot, Krysztof Urbanski and Joshua Weilerstein.

 

Shirinyan is a professor of piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, a Steinway artist and artistic director of the Oremandsgaard Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. From the summer 2020 she is also co-artistic director of the Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway.

 

Shirinyan has a brilliant discography and all of her recordings have been enthusiastically received by international reviewers and listeners alike. Her latest release, the Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra by Louis Glass which she has recorded together with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz under the baton of maestro Daniel Raiskin has been awarded the P2 prize of the Danish radio in 2018.

 

www.mariannashirinyan.com

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Tobias Feldmann
Violin

Tobias Feldmann

Violinist Tobias Feldmann has been praised for “rapturous lyricism” (The Telegraph) and “virtuosic energy”(Fanfare) in performances of repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Bartok, Sibelius and Rautavaara.

 

Highlights of the 2019/20 season include concertos with the Bournemouth Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Staatsorchester Hannover, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra and Qatar Philharmonic; performances with the Neubrandenburger Philharmoniker as their artist- in-residence; and chamber recitals at Vinterfest, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Alte Oper Frankfurt.

 

Tobias’ many accolades include prizes at the International Queen Elisabeth Competition (2015), JosephJoachim International Violin Competition (2012) and German Music Competition (2012). He has since gone on to perform with the Residentie Orkest, NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchester, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Utah Symphony, Billkent Symphony, Barcelona Symphony and Brussels Philharmonic; collaborating with John Storgårds, Nicholas Collon, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Fabien Gabel, Marin Alsop, Ainārs Rubiķis and Reinhard Goebel amongst others.

 

As an avid chamber musician, Tobias appears regularly at venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Beethovenhaus Bonn and Kumho Arts Hall Seoul, and at festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertiade, Rheingau, Moritzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzingen and Lockenhaus. Chamber music colleagues include Kian Soltani, Denis Kozhukin, Tabea Zimmermann, Kit Armstrong, Maximilian Hornung, Boris Kusnezow, Istvan Vardai and Nicolas Altstaedt.

 

In 2014 Tobias released his debut CD featuring works by Beethoven, Ysaÿe, Bartók and Waxman which immediately attracted widespread praise and attention from the international press. His second recital recording with pianist Boris Kusnezow was released in 2017, followed swiftly with his third album in May 2018 featuring concertos by Sibelius and Rautavaara with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royale de Liege on the Alpha label.

 

Born in 1991 in Fulda, Germany, Tobias Feldmann received his first violin lessons at the age of seven before quickly progressing to the advanced class of Musikhochschule Würzburg. He then completed his studies in Berlin at the Musikhochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” with Antje Weithaas. At age of 26, Tobias was appointed as a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, making him one of the youngest violin professors in the history of Germany.

 

www.tobias-feldmann.com

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The Marian Consort
vocal ensemble

The Marian Consort

The Marian Consort is a Gramophone Award-nominated vocal ensemble, recognised for its innovative presentation of a broad range of repertoire. Led by founder and director, Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort performs across the UK, Europe and North America, and features regularly on BBC Radio 3.

 

Praised by The Scotsman for ‘performances that glow with golden purity and soul’, the group is composed of the very best singers performing one to a part, allowing clarity of texture and subtlety of interpretation that illuminates the music for performer and audience alike.

 

The Marian Consort’s repertoire encompasses music from the fifteenth century to the present day, with a particular focus on exploring lesser-known works. TMC is committed to creating new music, and has commissioned leading British composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gabriel Jackson, Cecilia McDowall, and Matthew Martin.

 

The Marian Consort is a pioneer of projects which move beyond the confines of the traditional concert, bringing music of the past to today’s audiences. TMC has toured Breaking the Rules by musician and playwright Clare Norburn, a concert drama exploring the life and crimes of Carlo Gesualdo, to LSO St Lukes, Lichfield, Buxton, Cheltenham, Bath and Lammermuir Festivals, garnering five-star reviews.

 

The Marian Consort collaborates with ensembles including the Carducci Quartet, Berkeley Ensemble, Rose Consort of Viols, Illryia Consort, the Choir of Merton College, Oxford, and Ludus Baroque, in repertoire ranging from Byrd to Monteverdi and Arvo Pärt to Michael Berkeley. TMC has released ten recordings to critical acclaim, praised for ‘precision and pellucid textures’ (The Times) and for ‘drawing the listener in by quiet persuasion and musical intelligence of the highest order’ (The Guardian).

 

Recent performance highlights include concerts in the Bascule Chamber underneath London’s Tower Bridge; a debut performance in Estonia at the 24th Kuressaare Chamber Music Days; a residency at the Cambridge Early Music Festival; a concert at the Misteria Paschalia Festival, broadcast on Polish National Radio; and a UK tour to celebrate the group’s tenth anniversary. The Marian Consort made its inaugural tour of the US and Canada in October 2018, and will tour Japan in autumn 2021.

 

www.marianconsort.co.uk

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Edouard Mätzener
Violin

Edouard Mätzener

"With his bright musical intelligence Edouard has developed a great technique and musical maturity, proving to be an attractive performer received with great enthusiasm from national and international audiences." - Maestro Howard Griffiths

 

In his concerts, Edouard Maetzener is determined to reach out, present and perform for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, using his endless curiosity and training from among the best mentors and Schools of Music in the world.

 

The Swiss-French violinist gave his solo debut at age 12 at the Casino Basel with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Howard Griffiths, further concerts include performances with the Basel Chamber Orchester (Ariel Zuckermann), Camerata Zurich (Florian Ludwig), and Basel Symphony Orchestra (Lorenzo Viotti). Furthermore, his appearances brought him to renowned venues in Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland, Israel, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

 

The current Soloist of the Migros Cultural Percentage is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards such as the 1st prize at the Baden Cultural Found Competition 2012 and special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work, 2nd prize at the International Henri Marteau Competition in 2011, Migros Scholarship in 2011 & 2012 and 1st prize at the Swiss competition for Young Musicians in 2002 & 2006, where he also became Soloist of the Burkhalter Foundation. As a chamber musician, he is laureate of the 2015 Orpheus Competition.

 

Various masterclasses and festivals around the world have led to both solo and chamber music appearances and inspirational encounters with Ana Chumachenco, Vadim Gluzman, Werner Bärtschi, Boris Kushnir, Mikhail Kopelman, Jörg-Wolfgang Jahn, Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis and members of the Tokyo String Quartet.

 

Edouard has regularly performed and toured in numerous chamber music groups, both as a violinist and violist. He is a sought-after player especially in Piano Trios and ensembles such as the 'Sejong Soloists' or 'camerata armonia'. In addition to his love for chamber music he has a great passion for Klezmer and appears as a founding member of the Klezmer Band 'Cheibe Balagan'.

Born in Zurich in 1989, Edouard was invited at age 10 by Maestro Tibor Varga to study with him. In 2004 he became student of Prof. Josef Rissin, with whom he obtained Bachelor degrees with distinction both in pedagogic and performance at the University of Music Karlsruhe. In 2014, Edouard holds a Master of Performance degree from Yale University, where he graduated under the guidance of Prof. Hyo Kang. He completed his studies at the Musikhochschule Basel with a Master of Spezialized Performance, as a student of Prof. Barbara Doll.

 

www.edouardmaetzener.com

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Alessandro D'Amico
Viola

Alessandro D'Amico

Alessandro D’Amico was born in 1986 in Caracas and began music lessons in 1997 at the local Music School Montalban. From 2002 to 2009 he was a member of the internationally acclaimed „Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra“ and had the opportunity to work with great conductors like Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Heinrich Schiff and Sir Simon Rattle.

 

Beginning in 2002 Mr. D’Amico began studying with Gerard Caussè and Rainer Schmidt at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, with Peter Langgartner at the Mozarteum in Salzburg before joining the exclusive „Graduate Course for String Quartets“ in Basel under Walter Levin and Günter Pichler. He is currently in the class of Silvia Simionescu in Basel.

 

At the Gaetano Zinetti Chamber Music Competition in 2008, Alessandro D’Amico received an „Honorable Mention“. In addition he has played in masterclasses for musicians such as Nobuko Imai, Veronika Hagen, Atar Arad, Wolfram Christ, Gerard Causse, Ralph Gothoni, Rudolf Barshai, Ferenc Rados and Benjamin Zander.

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Marian Rosenfeld
Piano

Marian Rosenfeld

Marian Rosenfeld captivates audiences with her intensity; her distinctive and passionate playing creates a resonance in her listeners.

 

Born into a musical family in Luzern, Marian began studying with Homero Francesch at the Zürich Musikhochschule at age 13 and made her debut in the Tonhalle Zürich at age 14.

 

In 1986 she won 2nd prize at the Eurovision Competition in Copenhagen and is to this day the most successful Swiss musician in this competition. Marian Rosenfeld won further awards at the ARD Competition in Munich (in the Duo category with her brother Rafael Rosenfeld), from the Migros-Genossenschafts-Bundes, the Sponsorship Award of the city of Zug as well as a prize at the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau. Following these successes, Marian Rosenfeld performed in many of the major concert halls of Europe including in Vienna, Salzburg, Lissabon, Berlin and London (Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall).

 

Chamber music performances brought her together with many Swiss and international artists – Diego Chenna, Francois Benda, Paul Gulda, Benni Schmid, Janne Sakksala, Zvi Carmeli, Thomas Grossenbacher, Fabio di Càsola and many others – and multiple recordings for Swiss, German, Hungarian and Danish radio round off her concert activities.

 

After this brilliant start, Marian Rosenfeld chose a path of conscious withdrawal in order to further her personal development outside of the classical music business. Her life experience now enriches her interpretations and she is committed to finding new ways of bringing classical music to the public. In this respect she has created programs combining music and philosphy as well as performances which make the depth and universality of classical music accessible to a broader audience.

 

Today Marian Rosenfeld appears on the concert stage with renewed passion and energises audiences with her vitality and charisma.

 

www.marian-rosenfeld.ch

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Alexander Besa
Viola

Alexander Besa

Violist Alexander Besa has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal thorough Europe, America, Japan and China in such renowned venues as the Berliner Festwochen, Concentus Moraviae, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Omaggio a Palladio in Vicenza, Prague Spring, Schubertiade at Schwarzenberg, Salzburger Festspiele and Wigmore Hall. He has soloed with the Camerata Bern, Czech Philharmonic, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Prague Philharmonia, among others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Besa has collaborated with such artists as Anna Chumachenko, Thomas Demenga, Heinz Holliger, Erich Höbarth, Nobuko Imai, Magdalena Kožená, Alberto Lysy, Bohuslav Matoušek, Sabine Meyer, Fazil Say, Sir Andras Schiff, Jörg Widmann, Ruth Ziesak and ensembles like Panocha Quartet, Quatuor Ebéne, Quatuor Mosaiques, Stamitz Quartet, Schönberg Quartet and Zehetmair Quartet. Born into an Italian - Czech family of musicians, Alexander Besa first studied at the Brno State Conservatory in Czech Republic, then at the International Menuhin Music Academy and Music Academy Basel in Switzerland. An international prize winner, his prolific discography includes a recording which was awarded Best Recording of the Year by the Czech music journal „Harmonie.“ He is a member of Sir András Schiff’s Cappella Andrea Barca”, currently he serves as solo violist of the Lucerne Symphony and resides in Lucerne.

 

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Rafael Catalá
Cello, Young Festival Artist

Rafael Catalá

Born on 15. 1. 2000 in Leibnitz (AUT), Rafael Catalá began playing the cello at the age of 4. In 2013, he entered the course for gifted children at the University of performing Arts Graz (KUG), studying up to the bachelor course at Univ. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Feltz. In 2019, he changed to Prof. Johannes Krebs.

 

Catalá won five 1st prizes at the music competition “prima la musica” in the category “Violoncello solo” as well as the first and the special prize in the category “Strings chamber music” with his string sextet “Young String Masters” from the “Young Masters” program of the university of performing arts in Vienna in 2019. In 2016 he got the scholarship from the federal state of styria.

 

He took masterclasses from Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, László Fenyö, Florian Eggner (Eggner Trio Wien) and Matthias Bartolomey, and got an invitation to the masterclasses for young musicians at the university of music in Vienna.

 

Rafael Catalá also took part in the summer seminars of the Radio Symphonic Orchestra Vienna, since 2016 in the position of the principal cellist. Since 2018 he is the principal cellist of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra (LJSO), along with numerous concerts (e.g. Opera house Graz, Musikverein Graz with CD recording) and concert tours to Slovenia (e.g. Ljubljana Philharmonic on the occasion of Austria's EU council presidency), Croatia, and France.

 

In the season of 2019/20 he contributed as the designated principal cellist at the anniversary concert of the Jeunesse, conducted by Markus Poschner, at the Musikverein Vienna (also recorded by the ORF). The opening concert of the Festival “Carinthischer Sommer” conducted by Christoph Ehrenfellner is also planned.

 

As a soloist with orchestra, he most recently performed Friedrich Gulda's concerto for cello and concert band (Big Band West) and Aleksander Glasunow's „Chant du Menestrel“ (KUG-Orchestra). Rafael will also be playing the cello concerto by Edward Elgar in autumn of 2020 together with the “Schweizer Orchester”.

 

For 2021 he received the invitation to the "Start up" concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Young String Masters. Rafael Catalá has played in multiple ensembles, e.g. in the duo with piano, piano trio, string quartet, the chamber orchestra “Camerata” (festival “Allegro vivo”) under John Holloway (Dresden) and in the musical orchestra Graz.

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Nevena Tochev
Violin, Young Festival Artist Lucerne

Nevena Tochev

Nevena Tochev was born 1995 into a Swiss-Bulgarian family of singers. After finishing her Bachelor of Arts with distinction at Hochschule der Künste Bern with Monika Urbaniak, she studied at Mozarteum Salzburg and Musikhochschule Luzern, where she finished her Master of Performance in summer 2020 with top marks in the class of Prof. Isabelle van Keulen. Nevena’s passion for chamber music leads her to see music as a means of communication between humans. She is violinist of the NERIDA Quartet, which won the first prize of the ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition 2019 and in the same year the second prize in the Boris Pergamentschikow Competition for contemporary chamber music in Berlin.

 

Questioning musical traditions brought her to the baroque violin, which she plays in several baroque ensembles. Nevena was leader of second violins in the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra between 2016 and 2019. Since 2019 she is an academist of Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein. She was a prize-winner of the 25th Swiss Lions Club Music Competition and held a scholarship of the Friedl Wald Foundation.

 

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Christian Sutter
Recitation

Christian Sutter

„... The older boy, who wears glasses and has as much hair as all the others put together – not falling around his shoulders, but frizzed out like an Afro – is studying the double bass at the Conservatoire. But he has no intention of burying himself for life in a symphony orchestra. Music is provocation. I uncork sympathetically ...”
Max Frisch, Sketchbook 1966-1971

 

The hair of said musician is that of Christian Sutter, it has however in the meantime somewhat thinned out. Against all original intentions Christian served for 35 years as Solo Double Bass in the Symphony Orchestra of Basel. To say that he was brought down and buried would be wrong. No, he would never allow this to happen. He is an active player of chamber music with Sir András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Erich Höbarth, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Panocha Quartet, the Merel Quartet, the Sonos Ensemble, the Cappella Andrea Barca and others. He has worked with the composer György Kurtág, who has written many pieces for double bass solo for him. Apart from his wide array of musical activities and achievements as an enthusiastic Orchestral and Chamber Musician known as the «Poet on the Bass» he also was responsible for the much acclaimed literary Chamber Music Concert Series «Schwarz auf Weiss» in the Basel Paper Mill due to his ability to combine music and literature, like on his very special and successful solo performances «Romance with a Double Bass», based on a novel by Anton Cechov or his own version of «The Double Bass» by Patrick Süskind.

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