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The An­der­matt Con­cert Hall opened with a con­cert of the Berlin­er Phil­har­moniker

June 17, 2019

Sunday, 16 June 2019, a special inaugural concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Constantinos Carydis opened the new Andermatt Concert Hall

A world-class centre for music that will establish the Swiss Alpine village of Andermatt as an important cultural destination alongside its celebrated sports facilities.

Designed by Studio Seilern Architects led by Christina Seilern and realised by Andermatt Swiss Alps and BESIX (Belgium), the Andermatt Concert Hall is the first major purpose-built concert hall in any Alpine ski village. The intimate 650-seat hall features an exceptionally flexible stage capable of incorporating a 75-piece orchestra. The acoustics and theatre design are respectively by Kahle Acoustics and dUCKS scéno – the same teams behind the Philharmonie de Paris.

The Andermatt Concert Hall is located in a panoramic area of Andermatt, a mountain village and municipality located in the canton of Uri in the heart of Switzerland. The hall represents a culmination in the transformation of Andermatt into one of the world’s finest year-round destinations, following major development led by Andermatt Swiss Alps. Facilities include a new village square at the heart of which is the new concert hall and where the new hotels, residential and chalet facilities are also located.

The opening concert serves as a prelude to the hall’s ambitious Opening Season, which continues in the autumn with a satellite of LUCERNE FESTIVAL which has programmed three concerts in October, featuring the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, conductor Daniel Harding and pianists Gabriela Montero and Benjamin Grosvenor. Responsibility for the new hall’s programme lies with Andermatt Music, a new operation managed by a trio of young British producers – Maximilian Fane, Roger Granville and Frankie Parham, who together co-founded The New Generation Festival, an organisation which supports young music talents from around the world, showcasing them at events across several countries throughout the year and at an annual flagship festival in the heart of Florence, Italy.

Samih Sawiris, Chairman of Andermatt Swiss Alps, said, “The Andermatt Concert Hall is the fruit of my life-long passion for classical music. When I was a university student in Berlin, I lived 100 metres from the Philharmonie and sat in the back of hundreds of concerts by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan. To have that orchestra open our fantastic new hall is the realisation of a 30- year-old dream. As an art form, classical music is at a crossroads and needs more encouragement than ever. The Andermatt Concert Hall will not only add enormous value to Andermatt as a destination, but it will also hopefully make a real contribution to music in Europe and bring pleasure to visitors and local people alike.”

Christina Seilern, Principal of Studio Seilern Architects, said: “This was a whirlwind of a project where we turned what was to initially be a conference room into a ‘proper grown up concert hall’ for musicians of the highest calibre. Audiences can experience everything from solo recitals to full orchestral concerts in equal intimacy and comfort in this exceptional, light-filled space. I have to thank Samih who put his full trust in us to deliver what we hope will be a magnificent cultural venue for generations to come.”

Maximilian Fane, Musical Director of The New Generation Festival said: “At the Andermatt Concert Hall, The New Generation Festival will create a platform for the world’s finest young rising stars to collaborate and inspire a new generation of audiences. The diverse programme will see operas, orchestras, chamber music and recitals rub shoulders with jazz and rock. 50% of our audience in Florence is under 35, and we have the ambition to continue breaking down barriers between art forms and generations.”

Andermatt Concert Hall
Bärengasse
6490 Andermatt Switzerland

www.andermattmusic.com

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Andermatt Music

Andermatt Music is a recently founded company responsible for the programme of Andermatt Concert Hall and the Andermatt Reuss neighbourhood of Andermatt Swis Alps. Artisti direction lies in the hands of a trio of British producers: Maximilian Fane, Roger Granville and Frankie Parham, co-founders of The New Generation Festival. Andermatt Concert Hall is the jewel of Andermatt Swiss Alps AG's project, which includes six new four- to five-star hotels, apartment buildings, chalets, and an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course. The five-star luxury hotel The Chedi Andermatt opened in December 2013. The Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen opened in December 2018.

Andermatt Swiss Alps AG

From vision to destination: During the past several years, Andermatt has developed into a popular year-round holiday resort with numerous attractive features: apartment buildings, hotels and chalets, a Scottish-style 18-hole golf course that offers golfers a welcome challenge, and the SkiArena, not only one of the most modern ski regions in Switzerland but also the largest in Central Switzerland, with pistes from Andermatt to Sedrun and Disentis. With its perfect blend of alpine simplicity and urban sophistication, the five-star deluxe hotel The Chedi Andermatt exudes a special magic, as does the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, with its public indoor pool and wellness-and-fitness area. More apartment buildings and hotels will be built in the forthcoming years.

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Contact

Andermatt Swiss Alps AG
Stefan Kern, Head Communication
Gotthardstrasse 12
6460 Altdorf, Switzerland
+41 41 874 88 33
media@andermatt-swissalps.ch

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Andermatt Swiss Alps AG

From vision to destination: During the past several years, Andermatt has developed into a popular year-round holiday resort with numerous attractive features: apartment buildings, hotels and chalets, a Scottish-style 18-hole golf course that offers golfers a welcome challenge, and the SkiArena, not only one of the most modern ski regions in Switzerland but also the largest in Central Switzerland, with pistes from Andermatt to Sedrun and Disentis. With its perfect blend of alpine simplicity and urban sophistication, the five-star deluxe hotel The Chedi Andermatt exudes a special magic, as does the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, with its public indoor pool and wellness-and-fitness area. More apartment buildings and hotels will be built in the forthcoming years.

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