Andermatt Music Autumn Festival 2021
About This Event
One of the world’s greatest violinists, Maxim Vengerov, will lead Andermatt Music’s first festival back in the Andermatt Concert Hall since the beginning of 2020.
The 2021 Autumn Festival will run 4th – 6th November and feature both chamber and orchestral concerts. Programme highlights will include Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane and Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 32. Maxim Vengerov will be joined by conductor Jonathan Brett, the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra from Venice as well as pianists Polina Osetinskaya and Giuseppe Guarrera.
TIMES AND VENUE
Evening Concerts: 7pm
Doors open at 6.15pm
Andermatt Concert Hall
Bärengasse 1, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
All Autumn Festival 2021 tickets include drinks and light refreshments served during the interval.
For those who wish to dine at the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt, either before or after the concert, please contact the hotel directly using the following details:
Phone: +41 (0)41 888 11 55
Special accommodation rates may be available to Andermatt Music ticketholders at both The Chedi Andermatt and the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt, and for Andermatt Alpine Apartments, subject to availability. Please contact the hotels for details:
COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION
All ticketholders must have a valid Covid-19 certificate in order to be permitted entry to any of the Andermatt Music Autumn Festival events. Safety measures are continuously adapted according to prevailing conditions and local authority guidelines. Please review the safety measures on the Andermatt Swiss Alps website shortly before your visit: www.andermatt-swissalps.ch.
Thursday 4th November 2021
Andermatt Concert Hall, 7pm
Maxim Vengerov – Violin
Polina Osetinskaya – Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454
George Enescu – Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 6
Richard Strauss – Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18
Maurice Ravel – Tzigane
Friday 5th November 2021
Andermatt Concert Hall, 7pm
Giuseppe Guarrera – Piano
Robert Schumann – Papillons, Op. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3
Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Saturday 6th November 2021
Andermatt Concert Hall, 7pm
Jonathan Brett – Conductor
Maxim Vengerov – Violin
Teatro La Fenice Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn – The Hebrides (overture)
Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, the ‘Scottish’
Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most in-demand soloists.
Born in 1974, Vengerov began his career as a solo violinist at the age of 5, won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at ages 10 and 15 respectively, studied with Galina Tourchaninova and Zakhar Bron, made his first recording at the age of 10, and went on to record extensively for high-profile labels including Melodia, Teldec and EMI, earning among others, Grammy and Gramophone artist of the year awards.
In 2007 he followed in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Mstislav Rostropovich, and turned his attention to conducting. In 2010 he was appointed the first chief conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and in June 2014 he graduated with a Diploma of Excellence from the Moscow Institute of Ippolitov-Ivanov with Professor Yuri Simonov. He has since finished a further 2-year programme of opera conducting.
In the last few seasons Vengerov has performed as the soloist and/or conductor with major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras and toured extensively around the world in recital.
Highlights of 2018/19 saw Vengerov opening the season of the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala with Maestro Chailly, a residence with Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the Philharmonie in Paris.
In January 2020, Vengerov became Classic FM’s first solo Artist in Residence and released a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with conductor Myung-Whun Chung and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, coupled with works by Saint-Säens and Ravel as well as a live recital from Carnegie Hall available in IDAGIO. Further recordings will follow to coincide with the celebration of his 40 years on stage, an event at the Royal Albert Hall originally planned for 12 June this year but now rescheduled to September 2022. He will be joined by his colleagues Misha Maiski, Martha Argerich, the Oxford Philharmonic with its Music Director Marios Papadopoulos and students from the Royal College of Music in London.
As one of Vengerov’s greatest passions is the teaching and encouragement of young talent, he has held various teaching positions around the world. He currently holds the Stephan and Viktoria Schmidheiny Stiftungsprofessor at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and since September 2016 he is also the Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2018 Vengerov became the Goodwill Ambassador of the Musica Mundi School - a unique institution, which supports young talents. With the aim of making musical support generally accessible, he initiated his own online teaching platform in January 2021: www.maximvengerov.com.
Vengerov has been profiled in a series of documentaries, including Playing by Heart, which was recorded by Channel 4 Television and screened at the Cannes Television Festival in 1999, and Living the Dream, which was released worldwide and received the Gramophone Award for Best Documentary in 2008.
He has received prestigious fellowships and honours from a number of institutions. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship by Trinity College Oxford and in 2019 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Music in London as well as the Order of Cultural Merit from the Palace Monte Carlo.
Vengerov has received numerous awards including a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) (2003), two Gramophone awards (1994, 1995), a Classical Brit Award (2004), five Edison Classical Music Awards (1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004), two ECHO awards (1997, 2003) and a World Economic Forum Crystal award (2007) - honouring artists who have used their art to improve the state of the world.
He plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).
© Photograph by Diago Mariotta Mendez
Jonathan Brett is noted for his exceptional interpretative insight and flair combined with brilliance and clarity of technique. Added to a rare sense of daring, these attributes mean that his performances are imbued with a real sense of adventure.
After early conducting studies in England, Jonathan went on to study with legendary Russian maestro Yuri Simonov, later working as his assistant. For more than 20 years he was the Artistic Director of the English Classical Players.
As a guest conductor Jonathan has appeared with orchestras all over the world, most notably the Moscow Philharmonic. The first British conductor ever to be invited to work with them, he made his début in 2002 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Tchaikovsky Hall.
Jonathan is now in demand internationally both as a teacher of conducting and as an orchestral coach. In 2020 he devised Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration for the Andermatt Music Winter Festival and is delighted to return to Andermatt this year.
© Photograph by Valentin Luthiger
Polina Osetinskaya, internationally acclaimed pianist and winner of the Maly Triumph prize, was declared a “Wunderkind” in the former Soviet Union at the same time as her contemporary Maxim Vengerov.
Polina has worked with conductors Teodor Currentzis, Andrey Boreyko, Tugan Sokhiev, Laurent Petitgirard, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Alexander Sladkovsky. She has performed on the world’s biggest stages, including London’s Barbican Hall, the Great Halls of the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Moscow Conservatoire, and others in Rome, Tokyo, Brussels and the USA.
Polina is known for her experimental recital programmes, featuring both contemporary pieces and traditional works. She has also recorded with Quartz, Naxos, Sony Music, Bel Air and Melodiya.
This season Polina will perform at the Vienna Musikverein and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, in addition to concerts in Tel Aviv, Milan and Turin. She will also tour the USA with the Russian Capella orchestra and perform at Carnegie Hall with Maxim Vengerov.
© Photograph by Yevgeny Yevtyukhov
Born in Sicily in 1991, the Italian pianist Giuseppe Guarrera has given critically acclaimed recitals at the Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Pierre Boulez Saal and Wigmore Hall. He made his debut at the Konzerthaus Vienna with Julian Rachlin. As a soloist, he has appeared at The New Generation Festival in Florence and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in Cremona.
A prize winner of the Concours musical international de Montréal, James Mottram International Piano Competition and Premio Venezia, Giuseppe has received a Tabor Foundation Award at the Verbier Festival Academy and a Klavier-Ruhr Festival scholarship. In addition, the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in London has managed Giuseppe since his prize-winning audition at the Wigmore Hall in 2018.
Following his studies with Siavoush Gadjiev and Eldar Nebolsin, Giuseppe has continued to receive instruction from Nelson Goerner in Geneva. He is now based in Berlin, where he works as a faculty member of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.
© Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas
The history of the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra is closely entwined with that of the theatre, a place of great importance for opera, with world premières including Semiramide, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Rigoletto, La traviata, The Turn of the Screw and The Rake’s Progress. Over the last century, the theatre’s repertoire has been broadened by symphony concerts and collaborations with renowned soloists, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Aldo Ferraresi and Arthur Rubinstein. The orchestra has been conducted by the world’s leading conductors and composers, such as Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Pietro Mascagni, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa and Lorin Maazel. The orchestra has performed concert cycles dedicated to Berg and Mahler, regularly touring Italy and abroad. Its most celebrated concerts have included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Riccardo Chailly, Britten’s War Requiem with Bruno Bartoletti, and Maderna’s Requiem with Andrea Molino.
© Photograph - Ufficio Stampa La Fenice