Founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scharoun Ensemble is one of Germany’s leading chamber-music organizations. With its wide repertoire, ranging from composers of the Baroque period by way of Classical and Romantic chamber music to contemporary works, the Scharoun Ensemble has been inspiring audiences in Europe and overseas for more than a quarter of a century. Innovative programming, a refined tonal culture and spirited interpretations are hallmarks of the ensemble, which performs in a variety of instrumental combinations.
Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.He appears regularly in recital at such concert halls as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Staatskapelle orchestras, the London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has also placed special emphasis on playing and directing, working with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg.
Before becoming the concertmaster of the Berlin’s Staatskapelle in 2011, Wolfram Brandl spent 10 years in the Berliner Philharmoniker as a concertmaster, collaborating with Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Wolfram Brandl est also the concertmaster of the Scharoun Ensemble.
Born in Eastbourne, Sussex (South England), he was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, Christ Church, Oxford, and Guildhall School in London. He moved to Germany in 1976 and worked firstly as a coach and chorusmaster at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. From 1987 to 2001 he was artistic director of the RIAS Kammerchor and worked with the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble as a pianist and conductor and conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle and Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as well as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. In 2001, he was appointed artistic director of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart in 2003. He was appointed chief conudctor of The Danish National Vocal Ensmble in 2014 with whom he won a Diapason d’Or. Since 1998, he is also Professor for choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.
Called ‚the discovery of the year‘ by classical music magazine crescendo and ‘on her way to the very top’ by concerti magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is, at age twenty-six, among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of her musical thinking.
Cédric Pescia, pianist of dual French and Swiss nationality, was born in Lausanne. He studied with Christian Favre at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lausanne, later with Dominique Merlet at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva where he earned a Premier Prix de Virtuosité with honors and completed his studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
The Israeli violinist Nurit Stark studied at Rubin Academy Tel Aviv with Prof. Haim Taub, later at Juilliard School of Music New York with Prof. Robert Mann and Prof. Glenn Dicterow, as well as at Musikhochschule Cologne with the members of the Alban Berg Quartet. She completed her master studies at Universität der Künste Berlin with Prof. Ilan Gronich.
Right from its first edition in 2005, the formula chosen by the Zermatt Festival Academy has proved a success. About thirty-five young musi- cians 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 bene t from the support of the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble with whom they form the Zermatt Festival Orchestra.This support from members of the Berlin Philharmonic is most precious, and the idea of giving these musicians the opportunity to take part in the Academy two summers in a row aims at securing the benefits of such work in the long term.