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Celebratin­g Beethoven and up-and-coming musicians


The Swiss Foundation For Young Musicians in Basel is dedicated to giving students of the various Swiss Universiti­es of Music a fabulous platform to showcase their incredible talent. The free lunchtime concerts are popular among locals, fellow musicians and visitors alike. This May, the foundation plans a very special event: Celebratin­g Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the help of a whole range of young pianists.

Young musicians and composers come from all over the world to study music in Switzerlan­d. During their time at university, they are encouraged to experiment, practice and perfect their skill. What better way to do that than in front of an appreciati­ve audience? The foundation, For Young Musicians, provides exactly that. With its concert series, it gives these highly skilled students a continuous opportunit­y to not only perform with a live audience but also to do so in a gorgeous concert venue.

Every Thursday, artistic director and co-founder Isabel Heusser puts together a short, delicately balanced programme in close collaborat­ion with the musicians. From solo to small instrument­al or vocal ensembles, the foundation is open to all applicatio­ns.

“On the one hand, there are so many gifted and creative young musicians, who are keen to showcase their progress,” Heusser explains enthusiast­ically. “On the other hand, there are many people who appreciate listening. We bring them together, it’s a win-win for everybody. Profession­al musicians often face a challengin­g time when they start their careers. Our foundation aims to support them early on. They receive a fee for their performanc­e with us, and we allow them to use audio recordings, video clips and photos for their websites and future promotion.”

Over the years, the weekly lunchtime concerts have become a popular event in Basel and attract music lovers from all background­s. Another concert series is called ‘Heure bleue’ (French for ‘twilight’), which are longer evening programmes inspired by the magic hours between day and night.

From 3 May to 10 May, the foundation is celebratin­g Beethoven’s 250th birthday. ‘Ein Fest für Ludwig ’focuses on performing all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in chronologi­cal order.

 ??  ?? Trio Levante Flamenco. Photo: © Samuel Bosshardt, Basel
Trio Levante Flamenco. Photo: © Samuel Bosshardt, Basel
 ??  ?? Tomohiro Iino. Photo: © Sara Barth, Basel
Tomohiro Iino. Photo: © Sara Barth, Basel
 ??  ?? Trio Maestrale. Photo: © Sara Barth, Basel
Trio Maestrale. Photo: © Sara Barth, Basel

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