2014, the Zermatt Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary!
Indeed, the first Festival took place in 2005, together with the musicians of the renowned Berlin Philharmonic who make up the Scharoun Ensemble, named after the architect chosen by Herbert von Karajan to build the concert hall, which, 50 years after its inauguration, still remains one of the most beautiful ones in the world.
The Zermatt Festival is also a kind of rebirth of the rich musical life which was Zermatt’s between 1951 and 1967. At that time, the fabulous cellist Pablo Casals came to Zermatt every summer to give a Masterclass to numerous young musicians, whilst also giving concerts with his colleagues, Yehudi Menuhin, Clara Haskil or Mieczysław Horszowski for instance; he also liked to go for walks, play petanque or meet up for a drink of wine with his mountain guide friends.
True to tradition, the 2014 Festival will again welcome its residence ensemble, the musicians of the Scharoun Ensemble, who, after the summer concerts of the Berlin Philharmonic in Salzburg, Baden-Baden or Luzern, come to Zermatt to recharge their batteries in a studious and friendly atmosphere, with about thirty students of the highest calibre, keen to share and absorb musical knowledge and experiences.
Come and meet them from 5th to 20th September 2014, in the beautiful, luminous churches of Zermatt and Riffelalp, where they will be playing Mozart, Schubert, Brahms or Dvorak.
In harmony with Zermatt, authentic village dominated by the majestic beauty of the Matterhorn, the Festival pursues its vocation to present musical excellence with passion and simplicity.