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The Schubert Trout is a trout to remember! We'll find it again, wriggling to perfection under the fingers and bows of an exceptional quintet. Schumann's exalted romanticism will follow a Schubert that is still very classical.

The trout

Alexandra Conunova
Born in Modavia, violinist Alexandra Conunova won 1st Prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover in 2012. In 2015, she reached the final of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where she was awarded 3rd Prize. From then on, she embarked on a solo career that has taken her all over the world under the baton of conductors such as Gergiev, Spivakov and Noseda, to name but a few. She takes part in numerous festivals, including Verbier, Gstaad and Montreux Septembre musical. She has recorded Prokofiev’s sonatas for violin and piano with Michail Lifits for Aparté, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Insula Orchestra and Laurence Equilbey for Erato. She plays a Guarneri del Gesu violin, the “von Vecsey”, from 1730.

Adrien La Marca
Recognized by The Financial Times as “a pure talent” and described by Le Monde as “the new viola hero”, Adrien La Marca’s playing is characterized by profound expression combined with instrumental mastery over all repertoires. His unique richness of sound combined with a natural charismatic presence create an immediate emotional connection with his audience.

Adrien performs regularly with orchestras such as the Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de France, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, Capitole de Toulouse, Les Siècles, Insula Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre National de Metz.
2014 was an important turning point in his musical life: he won the title of Instrumental Soloist Revelation of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique awards. In 2016, Rolando Villazon invited him to appear on his ARTE program “Les Stars de Demain”, and the same year he released his debut album “English Delight”, published by La Dolce Volta and awarded a Diapason d’Or, 4FFFF Télérama, choice of The Strad and Gramophone, among others, and unanimously acclaimed by the press.

Adrien is a regular guest recitalist and chamber musician at the Philharmonie de Paris, Wigmore Hall, Auditorium de Radio France, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Auditorium du Louvre, Schloss Elmau, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Salle Gaveau. He is a guest at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence, La Folle Journée, Jerusalem Festival, Intonations Berlin, Mecklenburg Vorpommen, Schubertiades Hoenems, Schwarzenberg Festival…

In 2016, Adrien became the first classical musician to receive the prestigious “Fondation Lagardère” grant. He is also a laureate of the “Banque Populaire”, “L’Or du Rhin”, and “Safran” foundations. Adrien has won numerous major prizes in international competitions such as the William Primrose, Lionel Tertis, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms Competitions.

Born into a musical family, Adrien began playing the piano at the age of four, then the viola at six in Aix-en-Provence. At the age of sixteen, he entered the Paris Conservatoire as first choice, where he studied with Jean Sulem. He then completed his training in Germany with Tatjana Masurenko and Tabea Zimmermann in Leipzig and Berlin. During his studies, Adrien was regularly invited to music academies where he had the opportunity to work and play with musicians such as Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff and Menahem Pressler.

His debut album, English Delight, released in 2016 for the La Dolce Volta label, was unanimously acclaimed by the press, winning Diapason d’Or, FFFF Télérama, coup de cœur FNAC and coup de cœur Radio Classique. His latest album, “HEROES”, with Christian Arming and the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, showcases the heroism of the viola, in pieces such as Walton’s Concerto, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and a creation by Belgian composer Gwenaël Mario Grisi, who composed his concerto for Adrien (released digitally by La Dolce Volta in April 2020).

He shares the artistic direction of the Festival du Forez (Loire) with his brother, Christian-Pierre. Adrien plays a viola by Nicola Bergonzi, made in Cremona in 1780, on generous loan from the Boubo-Music Foundation.

“The painter La Marca dares to use gradations of solitude, washes and vehemence, with occasional flashes of nighttime rainbows. A trial run in the form of a master stroke”. – Le Monde

“A marvel of expressive contrasts and poetic wanderings on the Isle of Albion”, Diapason – “A remarkable disc, arduous, secretive, like the Guadagnini who carries it, with sharp colors and the breadth of a quasi-violoncello” – Le Figaro

Estelle Revaz
Passionate about chamber music, Swiss cellist Estelle Revaz performs regularly in many countries of Europe, Asia and South America. She is a guest at renowned festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Verbier Festival, Septembre Musical, the Festival International de Colmar and the Festival Pablo Casals, with musical partners including Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Christian Chamorel, Finghin Collins, Shani Diluka, François-Frédéric Guy, François Killian, Cédric Pescia, Andrey Baranov, Alexandra Conunova, Pierre Génisson, Damien Bachmann and the Quatuor Sine Nomine. After making her debut in Switzerland, she trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

Estelle Revaz plays a cello by G. Grancino (1679) and a bow by J. Eury (1825) generously donated by a Swiss foundation. She is the author of the book “La Saltimbanque”, published by Slatkine. Since 2023, in parallel with her career as a musician, she has been a member of the National Council in Berne.

Hannes Minnaar
“Without bluff and bluster, respecting the music at all times”. – NRC

Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar has continued to perform during the extraordinary pause that the global pandemic has imposed on the “normal” life of concert programs. These included a streaming performance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Dudok Quartet, a trio with his Van Baerle Trio, and a broadcast of a Schubert recital.

He has performed concerti with the Residentie Orchestra and Jun Markl, and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and David Reiland.
He took part in the 2021 International Piano Biënnale in Arnhem and Nijmegen, playing the demonic work “Devil’s Dance” by Simeon Ten Holt. A new solo work, Nox, by Robert Zuidam, had its world premiere in a streamed performance from Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and will appear on his latest CD in 2020 alongside works by Schumann and Ravel.

In the summer of 2021, he will continue his commitment to young musicians by performing Ravel’s concerto with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra.

In summer 2020, Hannes Minnaar embarked on a 10-city recital tour of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, culminating in a recording scheduled for release in autumn 2021, with further performances. Hannes will be soloist at the 2021 Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam with the “Nevsky Project”, a multi-artistic project based on Gogol’s Nevsky Prospect, for which Hannes will perform Shostakovich. He is soloist on an extensive tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, conducted by violinist Anthony Marwood. Hannes Minnaar’s solo discography has received the highest praise. Commenting on “Nox”, his latest CD, Het Parool suggests that “He joins the ranks of the greatest pianists of our time”. His debut album of Ravel and Rachmaninov in 2012 won an Edison Award. International Piano Magazine suggested “simply sensational”. His recording of the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend, was a recommended recording on BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library, by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, general manager of London’s Barbican. Highlighting the recording of the “Emperor” concerto, he said: “There’s passion, drama, vital rhythms, transparency and, most importantly, total fusion between soloist and orchestra. This is less a competition for power than a celebration of unity, with pianist and orchestra continually stimulating each other.”

Irina-Kalina Goudeva
Internationally renowned double bassist and interdisciplinary performer, Irina-Kalina Goudeva ( studied with T. Toshev in Sofia and with F. Petracchi at the Conservatoire supérieur de musique de Genève (Premier Prix de virtuosité in 1993). She has won several prizes in various competitions, including the Giovanni Bottesini Special Jury Prize, Parma, Italy; the First Prize Sv. Obretenov, Provadia, Bulgaria; First Prize at the St.Gougarev, Kjustendil, Bulgaria. A former principal double bass with the Royal Danish Theatre Orchestra, Ms. Goudeva is strongly inspired by chamber music. She collaborates with numerous ensembles, including Quinteto del Fuego, duo Concordis, Quatuores Sine Nomine and Terpsycordes, Ensemble MidtVest, Esbjerg Ensemble, Musica Vitae, and many others. Since 1998, Irina-Kalina Goudeva has been solo double bassist with the Contemporanea Interactive Art Ensemble in Copenhagen. Her eclectic tastes and cosmopolitan artistic interests enable her to engage in projects that transcend stylistic boundaries. Her vast musical repertoire ranges from Renaissance and Baroque to modern tango, jazz and electro-acoustic music. Passionate about contemporary music, she collaborates with renowned composers and conductors such as P. Boulez, G. Kurtag, H. Lachenmann, H. Holliger, E. Pomarico, P.A.Valade, as well as with ensembles such as Contrechamps, Athelas Sinfonietta, Ars Nova and Ensemble Modern. Ms. Goudeva has recorded numerous CDs on labels such as NAXOS, Affetto, DACAPO, Wilhelm & Hansen, Kadima collective, Gallo, Fidesson and GVRecords. In 2007, Irina-Kalina Goudeva founded her Ikana Art Studio for Music & Theatre performances. She is also artistic director of the Concordia Festival.

– Alexandra Conunova, violin
– Adrien La Marca, viola
– Estelle Revaz, cello
– Hannes Minnaar, piano
– Irina-Kalina Goudeva, double bass

– Franz Schubert “The Trout”, quintet for strings, piano and double bass in A major, D.667
– Robert Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47

Opening hours

Friday 4 August 2023 at 7 pm.
Doors open at 18:30.




Category A
- Single rate: CHF 60.-

Category B
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Category C
- Adult: CHF 35.-
- Student: CHF 15.-
- Children under 15: CHF 10.-

Festival pass :
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- Category B = CHF 216.-
- Category C = CHF 176.-

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