The festival’s opening concert introduces the one and only Swiss radio orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI), under the baton of its chief conductor Markus Poschner, and pianist Francesco Piemontesi. The programme titled “Beethoven and the Swiss Masters” features two magnificent works by the great Viennese composer, his Third Piano Concerto and Eighth Symphony in F major.
The OSI was founded in 1935 in Lugano, a city in the Italian part of Switzerland. The orchestra collaborates frequently with opera and dance companies and maintains strong ties with the region through a variety of educational programmes. More than 11,000 children attend its special series of concerts for kids annually. After Markus Poschner has assumed his position as OSI’s chief conductor in the season 2015/2016, the orchestra presented a cycle of complete Brahms symphonies in the newly built Sala Teatro LAC in Lugano where it is now a resident orchestra. Later Sony Classical released a double DVD “Rereading Brahms,” which received the DVD Performance prize of International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in April 2018 and thus crowned the orchestra’s artistic achievements of the recent years.
Markus Poschner, who has masterminded the orchestra’s current programme, says he was “particularly delighted to be embarking on this exciting musical journey with the OSI, one that promises many unforgettable moments.” Previously, he has been invited to conduct many renowned orchestras and opera productions in Germany and Switzerland.
Pianist Francesco Piemontesi is lauded as musician who “combines stunning technique with an intellectual capacity that few can match” (Spectato
r). He appears with major orchestras worldwide and has a natural and keen interest in chamber music. His rise to international prominence came after winning prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and being chosen as BBC New Generation Artist (2009‒11).
Sponsor of orchestra:
- Werner H. Spross-Stiftung