Instrument

Violin

Nationality

Swiss

Age

24

SILVAN IRNIGER

Where do you study?

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK)

Member of other orchestras or institutions: Schweizer Jugendsinfonieorchester (SJSO), Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchester, Camerata Resonart, Ars Excelsis Ensemble

What do you like to do when you are not playing music?

I prefer to spend time in nature hiking, skiing or observing, which gives me a lot of strength and inspiration.

At what age did you start playing your instrument?

As a five-year-old. Before that I played many children’s songs on the harmonica.

What was the most exciting concert you ever performed?

Uff, there are many… I remember a magical concert with the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra and Kai Bumann in the Zurich Tonhalle. Bruckner’s 7th was on the programme. I had never experienced such a pianissimo in a concert before, it was unbelievable!

What was the most awkward moment in your career?

During a concert with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, a hair of my bow got caught in my glasses. My glasses fell down, and the hair tore. It took me several bars to regain my playing. There were over 1000 people in the audience, and I was playing on the side of the stage, it was really embarrassing.

What is your favourite piece of classical music?

One of my favourite works is Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Symphony. I have already performed this work three times and have many wonderful memories related to it. I also love Brahms for his fantastically beautiful chamber music works.

How did the last two Corona years influence your musical development?

Without the pandemic, I would have done a semester abroad in Montreal. I don’t know where I would have ended up after that. But I also really enjoyed having a quieter time and concentrating on small
chamber music projects and my studies.

Which famous person would you like to have dinner with (from the past or the present)?

With Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I would love to know what was going on in the mind of this genius and what he thinks about the interpretation of his works today