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1st La Scintilla Concert

The concert series of the Orchestra La Scintilla, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this season, begins on 7th of March. Under the direction of the conductor and violinist Riccardo Minasi, who will be working regularly with our original sound ensemble from this season on, we will celebrate the beginning of the concert series with the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach. In 1721 Bach dedicated these six instrumental concertos to Margrave Christian Ludwig von Brandenburg. However, the works were not composed especially for this occasion, but were arranged newly. This also explains why the six concertos, which can be heard as a cycle in this Scintilla concerto, show great stylistic differences and are played with very different instruments.

07 Mar 2019

Concert season 18/19 

Philharmonia Zürich, Orchestra La Scintilla, Ensemble Opera Nova

The Orchestra La Scintilla, which emerged from the Orchestra of Zurich Opera House and specialises in historical performance practice, was established in June 1998. It now performs in all baroque and many classical opera productions at the Opera House. La Scintilla is now 20 years old and is about to strike a new path: the violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi will be directing the Orchestra La Scinitilla’s concerts from the beginning of the 2018/19 season. Let the sparks continue to fly with Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli and Pergolesi! In the Philharmonia Zurich’s concert series, you will have the Italian pianist Beatrice Rana to look forward to – a 25-year-old high-flyer and winner of major prizes, who will be giving two performances of Beethoven piano concertos under the baton of General Music Director Fabio Luisi. As well as the conductors Daniele Rustioni and Robert Trevino, the British Bernstein specialist Wayne Marshall will be our guest, conducting a concert for Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The Ensemble Opera Nova under the direction of Hans-Peter Achberger will be paying tribute to the composer György Ligeti, whose Grand Macabre is on this season’s programme, while the charity concert for Cecilia Bartoli’s 30-year stage anniversary promises to be a further highlight of our concert season. Gianluca Capuano, another specialist in the baroque repertoire, will be at the rostrum of La Scintilla for this concert.



Music Director Fabio Luisi will devote himself to new endeavors starting in 2021. In a mutually agreed upon decision, Luisi will leave his post at the Opernhaus Zürich a year earlier than planned, in order to provide his successor with ample time for artistic design and planning. Andreas Homoki presented renowned conductor Gianandrea Noseda as the new GMD starting with the 2021/22 season.