The Swiss Chamber Soloists
Founded around the turn of the millennium, the Swiss Chamber Soloists is a chamber ensemble that was created to bring together leading performers from all across Switzerland, along with acclaimed guests artists from abroad, so as to present and perform sophisticated programs of chamber music. On the initiative of its three artistic directors, Jürg Dähler (Zürich), Daniel Haefliger (Geneva), and Felix Renggli (Basel), the Swiss Chamber Concerts series was initiated in 1999 to present performances by the ensemble, in various formations.
It therefore represents the first national concert series devoted to chamber music, with a presence established in Basel, Geneva, Lugano and Zürich. Thanks to daringly conceived programs as well as first-class performances, the concerts of the Swiss Chamber Soloists have earned a reputation as a highly acclaimed component of Switzerland’s cultural scene. The SCS ensemble counts many renowned musicians among its players, including Bruno Canino, Dénes Várion, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Zehetmair, Christophe Coin, and Christoph Prégardien – and many more who appear as guest artists with the ensemble.
From the baroque to the contemporary, including pieces written for the Swiss Chamber Soloists
The Swiss Chamber Soloists’ repertoire spans from the baroque, which is played on period instruments, to the contemporary and includes many recent pieces written specifically for and dedicated to the Ensemble.
Its rich and committed experience as an advocate for contemporary music is reflected in the Ensemble’s highly involving performances of works by such significant composers as Carter, Ferneyhough, Kurtág, Ligeti, Yun, and Zender, as well as in the numerous world premieres of works by leading Swiss composers, including Blank, Dayer, Furrer-Münch, Gaudibert, Gubler, Haubensak, Holliger, Käser, Kelterborn, Kessler, Kyburz, Lehmann, Moser, Roth, Schnyder, Tognetti, Wyttenbach, Vassena, and Zimmerlin. Excellent reviews, concert tours throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, and an ongoing legacy of CD recordings and radio broadcasts attest to the first-class reputation of this renowned Swiss ensemble.