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2 July 2021 – a feast for the eyes and ears

On Friday 2 July, before indulging in the delightful music of the Argentine cello star Sol Gabetta and the sensitive and virtuoso keyboard artistry of the South African Kristian Bezuidenhout, guests of Klosters Music will have the opportunity to take part in three exclusive and expert guided tours of Europe’s biggest open-air exhibition. The 8th Swiss Triennial Festival of Sculpture, known as Bad RagARTz, will feature around 450 works by 83 artists from all over the world. At 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00, the art historian Andrin Schütz and his colleagues will take the concert audience on an hour-long tour of the artworks in the Kurpark. Book your tickets now.

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Music for timeless moments

On 4 August St. Jakob Church will play host to the keenly anticipated organ recital "Between Here and There – A time there was" with the talented organist and improviser Rudolf Lutz. This promises to be an evening of special and above all unique musical moments. The evening will begin with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude in B Minor and end with his Fugue in B Minor and these compositions will bookend organ renditions and improvisations by Rudolf Lutz of works by Mozart, Dvořák and Schubert. The number of seats is limited. Please use the online form to pre-register now.

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“Tangible infinity”

It is clear from this year’s Klosters Music programme that the world of music and the developments within the musical universe inhabit almost infinite dimensions. Just how tangible this infinity is is described by the musician and composer František Janoska, who, along with his virtuoso ensemble, we will have the honour of welcoming on 1 August. In the following interview he gives a fascinating in-depth insight into the musical roots of the Janoska Ensemble and into the position of folk music influences, both past and present. Informative and entertaining, this interview is well worth reading.

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Art and music: Bad RagARTz and Klosters Music

People who are open to the charms of music are usually also sensitive to the visual arts. And those who love art also love music. In order to bring these two strands together in their entirety across the regions, Klosters Music and the Swiss Triennial of Sculpture Bad RagARTz have come together this summer to deliver two outstanding events. In keeping with the motto of this year's Bad RagARTz: "Distance sharpens the eye and art creates closeness". And this "closeness" is important, reports Rolf Hohmeister:

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“Second home”: Additional concert with Sol Gabetta and Kristian Bezuidenhout

On 2 July 2021, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz will host the additional concert "Second Home". The concert is actually the start of the collaboration between Klosters Music and the Swiss Triennial of Sculpture. The Grand Resort is an excellent venue for this special concert with a star-studded line-up. We look forward to seeing the wonderful cellist Sol Gabetta and the outstanding pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, who will perform sonatas for cello and piano by Mendelssohn and Brahms on this emotion-filled evening.

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Thursday, 5 August: A Musical Master’s Journey with Sir András Schiff

Born in Budapest in 1953, Sir András Schiff is today regarded as one of the world's most sought-after and above all most versatile pianists. At Klosters Music, he will introduce the audience with his master’s touch to masterpieces from the musical cradle of Europe and will present works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms on 5 August 2021. Sir András Schiff, who has been awarded several international prizes, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2014 for his services to music.

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Start of ticket sale  «Heimat. My Homeland»

The time has finally come again: Klosters Music starts the ticket pre-sale for the concerts from 31 July to 8 August. As you can see from the programme brochure and the homepage, our artistic director, David Whelton, has once again succeeded in designing and delivering a programme which offers outstanding quality and thrilling musical drama. Under the motto "Heimat. My Homeland" you will go on a journey to the musical cradle of Europe with outstanding orchestras, great soloists, wonderful voices and internationally renowned conductors and enjoy the charm of Bohemia in the 18th and 19th century.

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Tuesday, 3 August: Splendid music and a great voice: Julie Fuchs

It is a great pleasure for us to welcome soprano Julie Fuchs, born in Meaux (F) in 1984, to Klosters for the first time this year. Together with the Zurich orchestra La Scintilla, the singer and studied violinist will bring elegant and dramatic arias by George Friedrich Handel and Antonio Vivaldi to the stage on the evening of 3 August. Fuchs, who served as a permanent member of the Zurich Opera House ensemble from 2013 to 2015, has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards throughout her career.

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Saturday, 7 August: A moving concert and a sensitive cellist

Under the baton of the Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the British cellist Steven Isserlis will lead us through a special evening on 7 August: the concert will open with the overture from «The Bartered Bride» by Bedřich Smetana, while Antonin Dvořák's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in B minor will form the centrepiece of the evening. This evening of contrasts concludes with Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor.

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Sunday, 1 August: The great tradition of the rhapsody

Originally a poem performed by "rhapsodes", minstrels in ancient Greece, the rhapsody has over the centuries become an integral part of Bohemian folk music and has increasingly informed the work of many classical music composers. On 1 August the Bratislava-based Janoska Ensemble will take the Klosters Music audience on a journey through the great tradition of the rhapsody past and present, right up to the compositions of František Janoska himself.

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Klosters, still David Whelton’s artistic home

It is with great pleasure that we can tell you that Klosters Music has secured the services of its artistic director, David Whelton, for a further two years. Himself an organist and pianist, Whelton was for some 30 years the director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has been awarded many honours for his work in Great Britain. "David Whelton is an absolute godsend, not only for Klosters Music, but for the whole region", says Heinz Brand, President of the Foundation Art & Music, Klosters.

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Friday 6 August: Thoughts from home. My Homeland

Intimate ties with home, a breezy cheerfulness and unfamiliar sounds from faraway lands will fill the air on the evening of 6 August. In his famous "Moldau" from the "My Fatherland" cycle, Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884) transports us on a musical journey along the river of his beloved homeland and beyond. Written in 1874, the piece follows the course of the mighty river through forests and meadows, skitters over rapids and eventually fades quietly into the distance.

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Mozart and Prague: A Special Love

The very first evening of Klosters Music 2021 will make the hearts of all music lovers and especially aficionados of the great Salzburg composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) beat faster: It is entirely dedicated to the special musical relationship Mozart had with Prague, which is said to have once led him to enthusiastically exclaim "My Pragers understand me!".

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Sparkling energy: Giulia Semenzato, soprano

A great joy for all friends of the great Mozart arias: After the ambitious CD recording "Angelica Diabolica" with the Basel Chamber Orchestra at the beginning of the year, the splendid Italian soprano Giulia Semenzato returns to Switzerland in July and will honour Klosters Music on the first concert evening.

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Music is a wonderful gift!

With a gift voucher from Klosters Music your family and friends can enjoy an unforgettable experience immersed in music. Be inspired by our international programme and give the gift of an exquisite concert evening with a star cast in the magnificent mountain world of Klosters.

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Famous names and international stars

David Whelton has once again succeeded in enlisting international stars for the concert series, which has meanwhile developed huge appeal throughout Switzerland.

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Yearning for home

Under the motto "Heimat. My Homeland", Klosters Music will take the audience on an exciting journey into the musical world of 18th and 19th century Bohemian Romanticism on a total of eight concert evenings from Saturday 31 July to Sunday 8 August.

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Premiere for a timeless classic

In summer 2021, Klosters Music will celebrate a special premiere "Cinema Paradiso": for the first time in the history of Klosters Music, we will dedicate ourselves to film and top-class film music.

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Klosters Music 2020 Broadcast on SRF2 Kultur

On 5 November at 20.00 Radio SRF2 Kultur will broadcast the concert of 2nd August 2020 «Opera Gala» in the programme "Im Konzertsaal".
The concert of 7 August "Reason and Revolution" is also available for listening on the Radio SRF2 Kultur website.

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Klosters Music 2021: «your musical homeland»

Klosters Music 2021 takes you on a fascinating journey into the musical world of emerging romanticism in Germany, Austria and today's Czechia.
The detailed programme will be announced in December 2020. Allow «your musical homeland» of Klosters to surprise you for the third time!

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Patrons’ Association: Music has a special power

The music can transport us further and further. Even in difficult times. As we know: music has a special power. But as we all know too: music needs strength. It needs not only the strength and tireless commitment of the participants, but also the strength and support of those who love and care for music.
The numerous possibilities to join the Patrons' Association Art & Music, Klosters or to continue your involvement can be found on the website of the Patrons' Association.

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Christiane Karg, Sopran, und das Kammerorchester Basel unter der Leitung von Riccardo Minasi © Marcel Giger

Klosters Music 2020: Thank you

David Whelton on Klosters Music 2020: "Beethoven and the 'Call of the Mountain' in the majestic Alpine world provided the perfect setting to bring musicians and audiences together again."
Read the full statement by David Whelton and the Foundation Art & Music, Klosters under "Further Information".

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Martin Helmchen, Klavier, und Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen unter der Leitung von Pablo Heras-Casado © Marcel Giger

Klosters Music 2020: Second Weekend

The finale of Klosters Music was dominated by Ludwig van Beethoven's great masterpieces: The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado played Symphonies No. 3 and No. 7 on Friday and Saturday, as well as the Violin Concerto with Veronika Eberle and the Piano Concerto No. 5 with Martin Helmchen. On Sunday, the Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff closed Klosters Music 2020 with "The Crowning Glory": with Beethoven's last piano sonatas op. 109, 110 and 111. For further visual impressions please see "Further Information".

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Boris Giltburg, Klavier mit Graham Mitchell, Kontrabass und dem Quatuor Modigliani © Marcel Giger

Klosters Music: 3 to 6 August

Chamber music ("The Classical Style" and "The Early Romantics"), Die Welt vor Beethoven ("Sturm und Drang)" and the Klosters Music Organ Recital: These were the concert evenings from Monday, 3 August to Thursday, 6 August. Visual impressions of these four wonderful concerts can be found under "Further Information".

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Christiane Karg, Sopran, und das Kammerorchester Basel unter der Leitung von Riccardo Minasi © Marcel Giger

Klosters Music 2020: First weekend

The packed 1st concert weekend of Klosters Music has passed, with lots of energy, emotion and electrifying music and performances. More impressions under "Further information" below.
You can already look forward to the other concerts of Klosters Music, especially to the second concert weekend with Veronika Eberle and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado (Friday, 7 August) and Sir András Schiff on Sunday, 9 August. The advance ticket sale is still open.

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Benjamin Appl about Klosters Music

"It takes great courage to hold such a festival in such times and therefore we at Klosters Music are extremely grateful that under strict hygiene and spacing regulations the decision was made to let music resound live again and to set a sign that we dare to do so again."

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“The Crowning Glory” with Sir András Schiff

Not long now until the final concert of Klosters Music 2020, with Sir András Schiff and Beethoven's last three piano sonatas op. 109, 110 and 111. It will be a very special finale for Klosters Music and you too can be there, because tickets are still available. Don't miss the rare opportunity to see the great Beethoven virtuoso perform Beethoven's last three piano sonatas.

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Interview with Cristiane Karg: «Mozart is a constant companion»

The German soprano Christiane Karg talks to "Klosters Music" about Mozart, Beethoven and moments that shaped her as an opera singer. On 2 August, she will perform the Mozart Opera Gala of Klosters Music 2020 with the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Minasi in the concert hall of the Arena Klosters.

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Interview with Benjamin Appl: “I am particularly looking forward to be in Klosters”

The German baritone Benjamin Appl talks to "Klosters Music" about Beethoven, Klosters and memorable moments he has experienced as a lied singer. On 31 July he will open the summer concerts of Klosters Music 2020 in the concert hall of the Arena Klosters with Simon Lepper on piano and the Vienna Piano Trio.

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Interview with David Whelton: «Great music inspires»

The Klosterser Zeitung interviewed our artistic director David Whelton and asked him about his personal connection to Beethoven, the program of Klosters Music 2020 and the special nature of Klosters Music. You can find the whole interview, which is available unfortunately only in German, under the link below.

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Beethoven and his world – Klosters Music 2020

Internationally renowned artists Sir Andras Schiff; Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado; Martin Helmchen; Veronika Eberle; Vienna Piano Trio (picture) and Benjamin Appl; Maurice Steger and Il pomo d’oro; the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Christiana Karg under the baton of Riccardo Minasi; Quatuor Modigliani; Gershwin Piano Quartet; and many more will be performing in Klosters this summer.

What for a long time had been a distant prospect has now become reality, to the delight of all music lovers: experience and enjoy musical moments and cultural magic moments together. Klosters attracts with its unique atmosphere and impressive mountain scenery – both are united in “Beethoven and his world”.

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Klosters Music 2020 with Christiane Karg and Benjamin Appl

As one of the most sought-after lyrical sopranos, Christiane Karg (picture) is known for her interpretations on the opera stage. At the Mozart Opera Gala on 2 August, Christiane Karg can be heard exclusively in Klosters, together with the Basel Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Minasi.
Benjamin Appl is "a voice that belongs to the old great masters of the Lied" (Süddeutsche Zeitung), he was Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's last student. Together with pianist Simon Lepper and the Vienna Piano Trio, Benjamin Appl will open Klosters Music 2020 with the concert "A Golden Age" on 31 July.

«Mozart Opera Gala» with Christiane Karg
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Online pre-sales are open again

Concert tickets for Klosters Music can now be booked online again. The number of seats is limited due to the protection concept, we recommend an early reservation. The rebooking of the purchased concert tickets to the concert hall of the Arena has been completed. The ticket holders were informed personally on 3 June and will receive the rebooked tickets towards the end of June.

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Beethoven’s violin concerto with Veronika Eberle

On Friday, August 7, Veronika Eberle (photo) and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, will meet in the concert hall of the Arena Klosters. The program includes Beethoven's Violin Concerto – the work with which the exceptional German violinist made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the age of 16 (!).

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«Mozart Opera Gala» with Christiane Karg

On Sunday, 2 August, there will be a premiere in the Prättigau. The Mozart Opera Gala will give you the opportunity to experience musical magic moments from Mozart's world of opera. Arias of longing such as Pamina's "Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden" from the Magic Flute will be combined with the overtures of the operas – ideal for immersing oneself in these masterpieces. The multiple award-winning soprano and well-known Mozart singer Christiane Karg (photo) and the Basel Chamber Orchestra are the performers.

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Our Soloists

At Klosters Music 2020 you can look forward to the following soloists:
Sir András Schiff, Christiane Karg, Veronika Eberle, Martin Helmchen (picture), Maurice Steger, Benjamin Righetti, Andrè Schuen and Pablo Barragán.

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Our Chamber Music formations

Whether in trio, quartet or ensemble – chamber music is represented at Klosters Music 2020 as follows:
Schumann Quartett (picture), Vienna Piano Trio, Gershwin Piano Quartet, Quatuor Van Kuijk, Pavel Haas Quartet and Il pomo d'oro.

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Become a member of the Patrons’ Association

The Patrons’ Association Art & Music, Klosters actively supports the high quality concert programme of "Klosters Music" and increases the attractiveness and charisma of Klosters together with the local partners. Become a member now and benefit from numerous advantages.

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Kit Armstrong in Concert

The celebrated exceptional artist, whom Alfred Brendel once described as "the greatest musical talent I have encountered in my entire life", performed two piano concertos by Haydn and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

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Maurice Steger in Concert

The recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger successfully presented his new program at Klosters Music: "Mr. Handel's Dinner" , together with La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel. Once again he dazzled the audience with his exciting playing and dynamic stage presence.

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Successful premiere of Klosters Music

With the crowning final concert of the violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the ten-day festival "Klosters Music" ended on Sunday. Among the highlights were performances by Sir András Schiff, Kit Armstrong and Maurice Steger.

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Lecture on Johann Sebastian Bach by Dr. Christine Blanken on 3rd of August 2019

Who was Johann Sebastian Bach? On the occasion of our Bach Discovery Days, Dr. Christine Blanken talks about the great composer and his European role models.

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Impressions of Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih

The British cellist Steven Isserlis and the Canadian pianist Connie Shih were enthusiastic about Klosters.

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Jazz on Madrisa Alp with Virtual Jazz Reality

Virtual Jazz Reality and Adelia Douw inspired with their jazz numbers on Madrisa.

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Impressions of Mr Handel’s Dinner with Maurice Steger

Impressions about the concert with Maurice Steger and La Cetra Barockorchester Basel

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Impressions of shape & sound

What are the connections between music and art? The sculptor Christian Bolt and the composer Wolfgang-Michael Bauer gave insights into their working methods.

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Impressions Modigliani Quartet and Adam Laloum

The first concert of this year's series was given by the Modigliani Quartet from Paris and the pianist Adam Laloum, who also lives in France.

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Klosters Music ceremonially opened

Klosters Music was ceremoniously opened on Friday evening. Click here for the pictures.

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Greeting Kurt Steck, Mayor, Klosters-Serneus

Kurt Steck, the mayor of Klosters-Serneus, welcomes our concert guests in our programme brochure.

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Detailed Programmes are available now

In a few days it will be time: Klosters welcomes world-class artists. The detailed programmes for the first and second weekends of Klosters Musik are now available online.

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Klosters Music, a first on Madrisa Mountain

Klosters Music diversifies: Debuts on the Madrisa-Alp, and also with varied jazz music performed by well known South African Trumpeter Ian Smith and his band, Virtual Jazz Reality, at the Öpfelsee Amphitheatre on the 28 July 2019.

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Premiere of Shape & Sound

In an illustrative lecture recital, Swiss sculptor and artist Christian Bolt as well as Austrian composer Wolfgang-Michael Bauer will showcase the affiliation between sculpture, painting and music.

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Welcome!

Our artistic director David Whelton invites you to a personal programme insight to experience additional information about the Klosters music concert 2019.

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Volunteers @ Klosters Music

Would you like to help us to offer unique concert experiences for the artists and our guests in Klosters? Support us in functions such as seating instructions, ticket control, box office and serving drinks.

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Patrons’ Association Art & Music, Klosters

Without the generous support of donators and friends the unique concerts would not be possible. Find out more about our Patrons' Association Art & Music, Klosters and the possibilities of membership.

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