Rencontres Musicales Champéry | A friendship in love


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Throughout the concerts, discover the different facets of Brahms: virtuoso pianist, but also chamber musician and orchestrator of genius.

A loving friendship
It was Robert Schumann who was one of the first to detect the genius of the young Johannes Brahms. Brahms then becomes a very close friend of the Schumann family. So close that Clara Schumann became his muse.
Precious friendship or impossible love?

The works gathered here will weave the musical context of this triangulation between Robert, Clara and Johannes. It will also be an opportunity to honor Clara Schumann, this exceptional female figure of the 19th century: virtuoso concert performer with an international career, attentive wife and mother of eight children, and a composer to boot!

Melodie Zhao
“Virtuoso pianist, composer and conductor, Melodie Zhao “dances on the world’s stage thanks to her genius” Journal La Côte

Born in Bulle in a family of musicians, now settled in Berlin, Melodie Zhao began the piano at two and a half years before joining the HEM of Geneva and then the Musikhochschule of Berlin. With a large repertoire of nearly 80 concertos, she performs throughout the world on the most prestigious stages (Victoria Hall Geneva, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, NCPA Beijing, etc.) and with the best orchestras (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Symphonieorchster-Berlin, Mozarteum Salzburg, etc.). She holds two world records as the youngest pianist to record the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Chopin Etudes, two notable products of her extensive discography.

Her talent and personality have attracted media attention and collaborations with luxury brands, including Hugo Boss. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Spectrum Classic-Electronic Festival, which opened in 2021 in Saint-Prex.


Mélodie Zhao, piano

Johannes Brahms
Variations on a theme
by Robert Schumann, op. 9

Robert Schumann
Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Clara Schumann
Four Fugitive Pieces, op. 15

Melody Zhao
Surprise !

Opening hours

Thursday 10 August 2023 at 7 pm.
Doors open at 18:30.




Adult: 35 CHF.
Student : 15 CHF
Children -15 years old : Free entrance
Festival pass : 220 CHF (excluding children's concert).

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Église Saint-ThéoduleRue du Village 511874Champéry
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Champéry Catholic Chuch

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