BEETHOVEN from June 11th to 14th, 2020!
Welcome to the fourth edition of the SWISS ALPS CLASSICS. We are very pleased to present excellent artists to you on the occasion of this festival. The works of Beethoven, whose birthday is the 250th and which is one of the most played composers in the world, will contradict each other in our FESTIVAL PROGRAM on all four concert days. The concerts take place this year in Andermatt, Disentis and Vitznau.
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Excerpt from the press release of July 2nd, 2019:
The organizers of the SWISS ALPS CLASSICS were very satisfied with the high artistic level of the year 2019. Artistic Director Clemens Hellsberg comments: "We are very proud to present an extraordinary cross section of the classic scene at SWISS ALPS CLASSICS: with new faces, like Jörg Widmann, but also one of the most prominent contemporary composers, who is one of the best clarinettists in the world. And with Franz Xaver Frenzel, one of the most dazzling figures in the Austrian music scene. The greater is the joy when the artists see and hear how the audience reacts to their art and passion. "
The founder and organizer of the SWISS ALPS CLASSICS festival, Peter Michael Reichel, also draws a very positive conclusion: "We are very happy how this year's edition of the festival has again confirmed the further development!" All three venues and the program were well received by the audience. We have to avoid an increase in visitor numbers compared to the previous two years, despite the fact that we made quite an economic venture this year with the ambitious composer festival theme and renounced international crowd pullers like Lang Lang in the previous year. The game is ahead of the game and we look forward to the 2020 season from 11 to 14 June 2020 with more programmatic surprises. "
Following the themes of "Mozart" (2017) and "Family" (2018), this year's SWISS ALPS CLASSICS will be dedicated to contemporary composers presenting their own works and experiencing them with their respective instruments.
It draws a tale from Aleksey Igudesman, Daisy Joplin and Tristan Schulze, who with "Triology" founded an ensemble "in the borderland of e- and underground music" and after 10 years of interruption first appear together again, about Jörg Widmann, as much as a composer as clarinettist, as far as Franz Xaver Frenzel, the "last living Baroque composer", who takes over the piano part in his double concerto for flute and piccolo.
The American soprano Marisol Montalvo, the Bavarian pianist Oliver Triendl, the Swiss Dieter Flury, longtime first flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as his former student, the Swiss Sarah Rumer, today the first flutist in the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, are just as involved as Maria and Fränggi Gehrig and the Swiss Alps Chamber Ensemble under the direction of the young Austrian Emmanuel Tjeknavorian.
To our delight, the cooperation with the "Lang Lang International Music Foundation", which started in the previous year, is continued: In the opening concert we present two great young talents, Aliya Marie Alsafa (15) and Jasper Heymann (17). We would like to thank the Pühringer family, which is very much concerned with the promotion of young people, for their generous support and the opportunity to perform in Vitznau, thus giving the SWISS ALPS CLASSICS another exquisite location.
The third edition of our event in summer of 2019 will be held under the motto "Composers Festival".
President & Organiser
Already many years ago, we got the idea to organize a Classic Music Festival, it was only by our emigration to Andermatt that we found the perfect location to develop this event. Also the fortunate circumstance to allure Professor Clemens Hellsberg as Art Director, being one of the leading international experts, made it possible to develop our festival.
Peter-Michael Reichel’s idea in organizing in Andermatt a festival fascinated me in the same way as former artists who visited Andermatt like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Franz Liszt that described the region as follows: The beautifulness and the dimension of nature correspond to the beautifulness and dimension of art. I am grateful that world top artists and renowned scientists followed our invitation and are ready to let inspire themselves by this unique ambience.