The sixth edition of the Swiss Alps Classics, founded in 2017 by Peter-Michael Reichel, is entitled Festival of the Violin: Three violinists of different generations and countries of origin will highlight this year's event from June 9 to 12. Peter-Michael Reichel remarks: “After two years of weathering Corona with effective safety measures, we are now looking forward to a return to business as usual. We hope that our visitors will be able to enjoy the concerts without any restrictions. For me, the Festival of the Violin has a fitting symbolism for the Swiss Alps Classics: The violin is about emotion and the spirit. Our concert backdrops in the breathtakingly beautiful Swiss Alps are spiritual venues where countless emotions are unleashed." Artistic director Clemens Hellsberg adds: "As a violinist, I am thrilled by the fantastic skill and ravishing musicality of these performers, who are so different from one another and alike in their mastery of this magnificent instrument."
Ticket sales for the 6th Swiss Alps Classics are scheduled to start in the first week of May. Our official program can be found here on our festival website.
The Austrian BENJAMIN SCHMID (b. 1968), a permanent fixture in the international concert scene for three decades, will make his second guest appearance at Swiss Alps Classics since 2018. Together with pianist ANDREA LINSBAUER, he will present an evening in honor of the violinist Fritz Kreisler, who passed away in New York in 1962, on June 10(7pm) at the 5-star Superior Hotel The Chedi Andermatt. His enchanting miniatures for violin are part of the repertoire of most violinists, but are usually "only" heard as recital encores. Benjamin Schmid and Andrea Linsbauer dedicate their entire program to Viennese-born Fritz Kreisler, which will be moderated by Austrian dramaturge and author CHRISTOPH WAGNER-TRENKWITZ.
ZIYU HE was born in 1999 in Quingdao (China) and studied violin at the Mozarteum University Salzburg from 2011. In 2014, he won the Eurovision Young Musicians competition, and in 2017 he made his debut as a soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic. He has since gone on to forge an impressive international career. Together with his chamber music partner, renowned pianist CHRISTOPHER HINTERHUBER, professor at the Vienna University of Music, he will present a program on June 11 (6:30pm) at the Andermatt Concert Hall, which opened in 2019. The program includes "classic" works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms as well as virtuoso pieces by Niccolò Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate, and Maurice Ravel.
The debut of MAXIM BRILINSKY – born in 1985 in Lviv, Ukraine – promises to be especially moving! In 2002, he won second prize at the Premio Paganini in Genoa, and, since 2011, he has been a member of the Vienna Philharmonic. During the concert on June 12 (7:30pm), he will perform duos in various instrumentations together with LUCAS STRATMANN (orchestra of the Vienna State Opera), ROBERT BAUERSTATTER (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and BENEDIKT HELLBERGER (member of the Academy of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz). He will also present two string quartets: a work by Ukrainian Boris Lyatoshinsky (1895-1968) and the Imperial Quartet by Joseph Haydn with variations on his 1797 anthem of the former Habsburg Empire, which at the time included Galicia and its capital, Lviv. With the closing concert of this year's festival, we will be guests for the first time at the enchanting Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, situated high above Lake Lucerne. We are delighted about the opportunity to expand the Swiss Alps Classics’ to exciting new venues.
The Festival of the Violin will be kicked off – unexpectedly perhaps – with a piano recital: On June 9 (6pm), at the Park Hotel Vitznau, idyllically nestled 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. ELIZABETH ZIETZ and SHUHENG ZHANG will, however, be welcomed by a violinist: Ziyu He will introduce the two Young Scholars and have a musical surprise in store.
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