Founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Scharoun Ensemble has had followers in Europe as well as the rest of the world for over a quarter of a century. An Ensemble of variable size, it has played under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding or even Pierre Boulez. From the very beginning, the ensemble has put an emphasis on collaboration with composers of our time. Their name refers to the architect of the Berlin Philharmonic, home of the eight musicians: the hall conceived by Hans Scharoun (1893–1972) is unique and synthesizes innovation and traditional values, opening the way for new means of artistic communication. It is those ideals that the Scharoun Ensemble strive to defend with their music.
Since then, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He performs with leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic (VPO), London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Filarmonica della Scala, Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic. His many conductor relationships include Gergiev, Barenboim, Bychkov, Dénève, Dohnanyi, Dudamel, Eschenbach, Haitink, Harding, Paavo Järvi, Nelsons, Nézet-Seguin, Roth, Shani, Ticciati, van Zweden and Long Yu. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include performances with the Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony and a tour of Europe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
The association Les Concerts du Coeur wishes to make music part of the daily lives of the elderly, hospitalized, incarcerated or underprivileged people in order to try to break their isolation by sharing emotions, through musical workshops, quality concerts and interaction with artists.
Created in spring 2004, the Chapelle des Ducs de Savoie is a male vocal ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of early Renaissance music, especially around the Cour de Savoie, one of the most important musical centres of the time, still largely unknown today.
Wolfram Brandl has been the first concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim since 2011. Born in 1975 in Würzburg into a musical home, he studied with Uwe-Martin Haibergat the Berlin University of Arts after which he became the first violinist with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000. He has been a member of the trio Akhenaten since 2003, the year in which he also joined Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. Many artistic impulses came from encounters with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Adés, Matthias Pintscher, Brett Dean and Jörg Widmann. Numerous recordings document his work and have been awarded prizes such as the Echo or, most recently, the International Classical Music Award 2012.
Young Brazilian with Romanian parents, pianist Cristian Budu arises as a new reference for his unique artistry and outstanding achievements. He became the winner of one of the most important and prestigious competitions in the world, the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, at its 50th anniversary (2013). It awards just one winner by edition, and sometimes none at all (at the next edition the prize was not awarded). Beside the Grand Prize Cristian also won the Audience prize and the Children’s Corner prize. The critique considered this as the most important award on the part of a Brazilian pianist over the last 25 years.
His parents picked out the instrument for him and thus Christophe Horák began playing the violin at the age of four. Later he studied with Yfrah Neaman at London’s Guildhall School of Music, in whose symphony orchestra he played first violin for five years. In 1995 he became deputy Konzertmeister of the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. A scholarship with the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker followed from 2000-2002, during which time he was prepared for his professional orchestral activity by Toru Yasunaga and Axel Gerhardt.
Marieke Koopman is artist in every fiber of her being. Mariekes interpretation and interaction with the audience is magical and intoxicating. Everytime she enters the stage she finds a way to captivate her audience, even the youngest amoung them, and creates a once in a lifetime experience. As an actrice she hopes to inspire her young audience and hopes to introduces them in the wondrous world of Barok music an theatre.
Born in Zwolle (1944, The Netherlands) Ton Koopman had a classical education and studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam. He received the Prix d‘Excellence for both instruments. Naturally attracted by historical instruments and fascinated by the philological performance style, Koopman concentrated his studies on Baroque music, with particular attention to J.S. Bach, and soon became a leading figure in the “authentic performance” movement.
For almost 30 years, the OVE, founded by Hansruedi Kämpfen, has been charming an enthusiastic public both in Switzerland and abroad. During all these years, the OVE has obviously acquired a maturity while keeping its entity. Composed mainly of amateurs, the choir is reinforced by students in training and professionals.
“One must ‘speak’ music…” Christian Zacharias is a narrator among the conductors and pianists of his generation. In each of his elaborate, detailed and clearly articulated interpretations, it’s clear what he means: Zacharias is interested in what lies behind the notes. With a unique combination of integrity and individuality, brilliant linguistic expressiveness, deep musical understanding and a sure artistic instinct, paired with his charismatic and engaging artistic personality, Christian Zacharias has established himself not only as a world-class pianist and conductor, but also as a musical thinker. Numerous acclaimed concerts with the world’s best orchestras and outstanding conductors as well as multiple honors and recordings characterize his international career.
Right from its first edition in 2005, the formula chosen by the Zermatt Festival Academy has proved a success. About thirty young musicians from all over the world are invited each year to attend an intensive music course, such as the ones formerly directed by Pablo Casals at the foot of the Matterhorn. These highly qualified students benefit from the support of the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble with whom they form the Zermatt Festival Orchestra.