ZERMATT FESTIVAL ACADEMY 3th–18th SEPTEMBER 2022
The village of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn offers peace and relaxation in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This unique atmosphere, in the middle of a breath-taking natural landscape, enchanted Pablo Casals who regularly spent his summer holidays here in the 1950s and 60s. Together with Franz Seiler, General Manager of the Seiler Hotels Zermatt at that time, Casals founded the Zermatt summer concerts and master classes, to which he invited almost all of the famous musicians of his day as chamber music partners and teachers.
This tradition in Zermatt was revived in 2005 with the creation of the Zermatt Music Festival. Chamber music and orchestral concerts are performed by the Scharoun Ensemble and other soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the beautiful Riffelalp Kapelle located at 2’222 meters above sea level as well as at other locations in Zermatt.
Each year, highly gifted students are invited to take part in the Zermatt Festival Academy where they take lessons with members of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin and perform alongside them in the Zermatt Festival Orchestra. Working intensively with these members of the Berliner Philharmoniker provides a unique educational experience of the highest possible level. After successfully participating in their first year of the Academy, students have the opportunity to return for a second edition. By renewing this experience, they can continue to build on what they learnt the previous year.
Wind Section: Alexander Bader, clarinet - Markus Weidmann, bassoon - Stefan de Leval Jezierski, French horn
String section: Wolfram Brandl, violin - Christophe Horak, violin - Rachel Schmidt, violin - Micha Afkham, viola - Claudio Bohorquez, cello - Peter Riegelbauer, double bass
Fabio Biondi, conductor/violin
Christian Gerhaher, baritone
Guillaume Jehl, trumpet
Stanley Dodds, conductor
Alexander Bader, clarinet
The Zermatt Festival Academy is designed for excellent young musicians and chamber music ensembles who in general are members of the following institutions: European Union Youth Orchestra Academy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, or any other renowned orchestra academies. It is also possible to apply without being a member of any of these institutions. Scholarship holders should still be students and should not have a permanent job already.
Lessons, accommodation and food are all provided free of charge by the festival. The student however should pay travel expenses. Students will be selected by members of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin by May 15th 2022.
For any questions, please contact Anna v. Lüneburg, Director of Zermatt Festival Academy: firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 (0) 177 589 7271
Video(s) are required (details below). No live audition.
Mozart Clarinet Concerto: first movement (exposition); second movement (up to bar 54, without interludes)
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from „A midsummer night‘s dream“