VISION AND TRADITION
In the sixth year of the event, we are thrilled and more than a little proud to declare that our festival has been successfully established in the calendar of international music lovers.
The Swiss Alps Classics is known for its beautiful, sometimes unusual locations, in and around the mystical St. Gotthard Pass as well as the intimate setting it offers with world-class artists. Star pianists such as LANG LANG, Igor LEVIT or Katia and Marielle LABEQUE, the opera greats Olga PERETYATKO, Marisol MONTALVO and Herbert LIPPERT, the violin virtuosos Benjamin SCHMID and Emmanuel TJEKNAVORIAN, who was the conductor in 2019 and 2021, as well as members of the WIENER PHILHARMONIKER have graced us with their presence during previous festivals. Also the actress Isabel KARAJAN and the Swiss-born Dieter FLURY, long-time solo flutist and former managing director of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the clarinetist and composer Jörg WIDMANN, the JANOSKA ENSEMBLE as well as the "family duos" Elena BASHKIROVA-BARENBOIM and Michael BARENBOIM and Hans and Martin HASELBÖCK have enjoyed the distinctive atmosphere of the Swiss Alps Classics. In 2018, we were especially privileged to have Professor Dr. Hans HASELBÖCK give a concert in the Andermatt Parish Church on the occasion of his 90th birthday. We mourn with the entire music world the passing of this great artist and human being on October 20, 2021.
The middle station Nätschen, the crystal hall of Sasso San Gottardo and the Benedictine monastery Disentis have already served as unique concert locations. As part of this year's festival, we will be making our first ever appearance at the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne with its stunning view of Lake Lucerne. In the equally picturesque setting of the Park Hotel Vitznau, located directly on the shores of Lake Lucerne, we will have the honor of continuing our collaboration with the POK Pühringer Privatstiftung and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which began in 2018. We are delighted to once again be able to host a concert in The Chedi Andermatt hotel and in the Andermatt Concert Hall and thus to fulfill our mission of showcasing the cultural and touristic highlights of the region beyond the borders of Central Switzerland in three cantons.