Founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Scharoun Ensemble has enjoyed an international following for over a quarter of a century. An ensemble of variable formation, it works regularly with composers of our time and has played under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding and Pierre Boulez. Their name refers to the architect of the Berlin Philharmonie, home to the eight musicians: this unique hall, conceived by Hans Scharoun (1893–1972), synthesizes innovation and traditional values, opening the way to a new means of artistic communication. It is precisely these ideals that the Scharoun Ensemble strive to defend with their music.
The Scharoun Ensemble has been in residence at the Zermatt Music Festival & Academy since the festival was founded in 2005.
Considering it his life-long pursuit, Noah Bendix-Balgley has a personal sound that connects with his audience in a meaningful way. Whether he is leading the Berlin Philharmonic as First Concertmaster, performing chamber music or in front of the orchestra as soloist, Bendix-Balgley’s gift of communication through music has reached listeners all around the world.
A student at the Bern Conservatory, Heinz Holliger was a pupil of Emile Cassagnaud (oboe) and Sandor Veress (composition). Gaining a degree in 1958, he led an international career as an oboist and in parallel followed composition classes with Pierre Boulez in Basel (1961-1963). A virtuoso instrumentalist, he has developed new ways of playing and has been the inspiration for many new works (notably by Elliott Carter, Karlheinz Stockhausen, etc.).
As a composer he has explored techniques of sound emission, breathing control and the production of noise textures. A composer in search of truth, he has revisited Swiss identity, the past, and has pushed back all instrumental, aural and structural limits, as well as shaken up the conventional form of the concert.
Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His awards include the first prize at the Clara Haskil Competition, Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. His residencies at London’s Wigmore Hall, Antwerp’s deSingel, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and most recently with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are a testament to the breadth of his interests and the respect he commands.
Sarah Wegener approaches every role with intensity, as if it were chamber music. She captivates listeners with the richness and warmth of her voice, in performances such as Mahler’s 8thh Symphony under Kirill Petrenko in Bregenz, Eliahu Inbal in Hamburg and Kent Nagano in Montreal, as well as in her War and Peace programme shaped around works by Handel and Purcell, which she also presented at the SWR Schwetzingen Festival. Her “marvellously radiant voice, as powerful as it is rich in colour” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) distinguish her as a Lieder singer of the highest order, as shown on her highly praised current CD Into the Deepest Sea.
Since the first edition in 2005, the Zermatt Festival Academy has, year after year, been heralded a success. Young musicians from all over the world are invited each year to take part in an intensive two weeks of music-making, following the tradition that Pablo Casals created all those years ago at the foot of the Matterhorn. These exceptional students receive tuition and support from the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble with whom they form the Zermatt Festival Orchestra.
The association Les Concerts du Coeur wishes to make music part of the everyday life of the elderly, hospitalized, incarcerated or underprivileged. Founded in 2017 by the Swiss singer Laure Barras, the association now organises more than 60 concerts and musical workshops a year in the Valais alone.
The quartet is composed of Patrick Genet and François Gottraux, violinists, Hans Egidi, violist, and Marc Jearmann, cellist. Since their success at the Evian International Competition in France and at the Reggio Emilia Competition, the Lausanne-based Quatuor Sine Nomine has achieved great success, having performed at the most prestigious venues in Europe and the U.S. They have a vast repertoire, from Haydn to the 21st century, without neglecting lesser-known works such as the Enesco Octet. In parallel with the quartet, each member devotes time and dedication to education, teaching in several of the main High School of the region (Hemu, hem Ge). In addition, the quartet has been the artistic director of the “Orchestre des Jeunes de la Suisse Romande” since 2012.
Seit Jahren berreichern Jennifer Skolovski und Carina Pousaz das Kulturleben auf die vielseitigste Art und Weise. Sie lassen sich ungern auf etwas Bestimmtes reduzieren sind kreativ, ungezwungen, spontan und überraschend. Ihre Produktionen reichen von Satire, Clownnummern, Animationen und Moderationen bis zu zeitgenössischen Performances. Dabei sind sie nicht selten in Begleitung von Hund oder Pony anzutreffen. Gekonnt verbinden sie Musik, Schauspielerei, Tierdressur und Tanz zu einem neuem Ganzen.
Zermatt’s heart has been won over by Philipp Poisel, the approachable pop-poet from Stuttgart, whose songs are so intense and timeless. Philipp Poisel touches the soul. In 2015 the congenial artist, who belongs to the top league of German-speaking singer-songwriters since ten years, let himself fall into the arms of fans and hosts at Zermatt Unplugged.
The Swiss blues musician has played over 2200 concerts in 30 years, received many awards, enjoys international renown, in short: Philipp Fankhauser is the Swiss icon of the blues, who will bring songs of his Album Let Life Flow to the Zermatt Festival. Guest musicians perform together with him until late into the night.
Afin de permettre à ses chanteuses et chanteurs les plus expérimentés d’aborder de nouveaux répertoires de façon encore plus performante, la Schola de Sion a, en 2008, créé un ensemble vocal mixte qui met sur pied des projets ponctuels.
Fidèles à leurs exigences et à leurs principes de formation, la Schola et l’HEMU ont pour objectif, grâce à cet ensemble vocal, de permettre à leurs jeunes chanteurs et à leurs futurs musiciens professionnels d’aborder de façon poussée des œuvres exigeantes, de favoriser l’approfondissement des styles, le dialogue entre tous les intervenants et l’échange avec des musiciens professionnels expérimentés (solistes, instrumentistes, chefs invités).