20/21 Season


Dear Chamber Music Lovers and Friends of Swiss Chamber Concerts,

In today’s cultural life, do we really have any moments and experiences left that are not already pre-programmed and pre-configured, their emotions anticipated ahead of time? Probably not too many. But one significant exception is the experience of music as live performance. And when it comes to chamber music, being part of the audience makes us feel especially close to what is happening as the music unfolds.

This website details our programming for the 2020-21 season, including some information about the works to be performed. But it cannot touch on the music itself that will be generated only during the concert, on the creative moment of live performance, which remains unpredictable for musicians and audience alike. Be assured, it is for you, our dear music lovers, that we plan and perform these programs. Yet the ultimate effect can be realized only in our interplay and exchange with you—thanks to your presence in the concert hall and to your willingness to be enchanted by the encounter between your expectations and the world of sounds and expressions that is created in the moment of performance. This enchantment has cast its spell over people through the centuries, transporting them into different realms and connecting listeners who have their own feelings and ideas with other like-minded people.

And this can happen only in the live concert experience. For more than 20 years we have been bringing this pleasure to thousands of people throughout Switzerland as well as abroad. We thank all of you who have made this possible through your contributions: whether as listeners, subscribers, or patrons; as musicians or collaborators; or as observers, critics, musicologists, or supporters.

In this spirit we are delighted to invite you to enjoy the new 2020-21 season of Swiss Chamber Concerts and look forward to seeing you at our concerts.

Daniel Haefliger (Geneva) / Jürg Dähler (Zurich) / Felix Renggli (Basel)

Artistic Directors

Upcoming concerts


VIABACH

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 1685-1750
XAVIER DAYER *1972
HELMUT LACHENMANN *1935
RUDOLF KELTERBORN *1931
GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN 1681-1767

VIAKURTÁG

JOHN DOWLAND 1563-1626
GYÖRGY KURTÁG *1926
GIOVANNI GIROLAMO KAPSPERGER 1580-1651

VIAHOLLIGER

LUIGI BOCCHERINI 1743-1805
HEINZ HOLLIGER *1939
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756-1791
JACQUES WILDBERGER 1922-2006
ROBERT SUTER 1919-2008
BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL 1775-1838

VIABRAHMS

JOHANNES BRAHMS 1833-1897
NADIR VASSENA *1970
ANTON WEBERN 1883-1945
JOHANNES BRAHMS 1833-1897

VIAKODÁLY

GIDEON KLEIN 1919-1945
HEINZ HOLLIGER *1939
SÁNDOR VERESS 1907-1992
GYÖRGY LIGETI 1923-2006
ZOLTAN KODÁLY 1882-1967

VIAMOZART

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 1685-1750
DAVID PHILIP HEFTI *1975
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756-1791

SWISS CHAMBER ACADEMY
STRING QUARTET

The SWISS CHAMBER ACADEMY was founded by Daniel Haefliger in 2014. From the very beginning the teaching staff has included musicians from the foremost string quartets: Rainer Schmid from the Hagen Quartet, Ruth Kills and Thomas Zehetmair from the Zehetmair Quartet, Hatto Bayerle from the Alban Berg Quartet as well as the composer, orchestra conductor […]

Past Concerts