GAIA's History

Since its inception in 2006, GAIA has become an effervescent melting pot of ideas and impulses, designed for a heightened experience for both musicians and their audiences. Following non-traditional paths in its quest for innovative ways of sharing music, GAIA strives to make music accessible for everyone and continuously pioneers conceptually-driven events which include established, rarely-played, contemporary and specially-commissioned repertoire, as well as alternative approaches to their presentation.

Notwithstanding its relatively short existence, GAIA is already being hailed as a platform for progressive thinking and unprecedented encounters, both of which are acutely relevant to exposure of the arts in the 21st century. With care and preparation, GAIA is forging dramatic and far-reaching change in the way music is made, heard and appreciated.


Musicians


Violin

Gabriel Adorján
Shmuel Ashkenasi
Florian Bachofer
Hovhannes Baghdasaryan
Alexina Barbe
Sandrine Cantoreggi
Yun-Jin Cho
Anke Dill
Evgenia Epshtein
Daniel Garlitsky
Gershon Gerchikov
Philippe Graffin
Barbara Gruszczynska
Ilya Hoffman
Gábor Homoki
Esther Hoppe
Alexandra Kazovsky
Pil Kyun Paul Kim
Wonji Kim
Guro Kleven Hagen
Yura Lee
Anna Lipkind
Gwendolyn Masin
Ronald Masin
Gina Maria McGuinness
Lena Neudauer
Laura Oomens
Sergey Ostrovsky
Igor Ozim
Ioana Petcu-Colan
Rosanne Philippens
Priyanka Ravanelli
Emi Ohi Resnick
Rahel Maria Rilling
Svetlin Roussev
Tatiana Samouil
Artiom Shishkov
Alexander Sitkovetsky
Jan Talich
Sono Tokuda
Léa Valentin
Mary Ellen Woodside


Viola

Noémie Bialobroda
Alessandro D’Amico
Guy Ben-Ziony
Gérard Caussé
Isabel Charisius
Viacheslav Dinerchtein
Jan Grüning
Ilya Hoffman
Gábor Homoki
Yura Lee
Anna Lipkind
Lilli Maijala
Vladimir Mendelssohn
Martin Moriarty
Sara Rilling
Aline Saniter
Natalia Tchitch
Lars Anders Tomter
Dana Zemtsov
Mikhail Zemtsov


Violoncello

Dávid Adorján
Dongkyun An
Claudio Bohórquez
Ofer Canetti
Natalie Clein
Alexander Chaushian
Thomas Demenga
Antoaneta Emanuilova
Chiara Enderle
Amit Even–Tov
Christopher Franzius
Pavel Gomziakov
Frans Helmerson
Louise Hopkins
Christopher Jepson
Guy Johnston
Aleksei Kiseliov
Dóra Kokas
Gavriel Lipkind
Patrick Moriarty
Philippe Muller
David Pia
Timora Rosler
Martti Rousi
Jakob Spahn
Torleif Thedéen
István Várdai
Quirine Viersen


Double Bass

Holger Michalski
Massimo Pinca

 


Cimbalom

Miklós Lukács


Flute

Janne Thomsen
Kaspar Zehnder


Clarinet

Reto Bieri
Don Li
Christoffer Sundqvist
Yevgeny Yehudin


Bassoon

Martin Kuuskmann


Saxophone

Daniel Schnyder


Piano

Julia Bartha
Alasdair Beatson
Simon Bucher
Finghin Collins
Peter Frankl
Robert Kulek
Alexander Lonquich
Aleksandar Madzar
Vincenzo Maltempo
Cédric Pescia
Pascal Rogé
Marianna Shirinyan
Roman Zaslavsky
Bálint Zsoldos


Harpsichord

Vital Julian Frey


Harp

Jana Bouškovà
Sarah Christ


Xala

Ania Losinger


Percussion

Pavel Bialiayeu (Drums)
Matthias Eser (Marimba)
Andrei Pushkarev (Vibraphon)


Ensembles

Ariel Quartet
Aviv Quartet
Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic
The Lipkind Quartet
Merel Quartet
Quatuor Ernest
Tonus String Quartet
Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra
Yurodny


Voice

Tatjana Gazdik
Jordanka Milkova
Olesya Zdorovetska


Conductors

Gergely Madaras
Ronald Masin


Composer in Residence

Daniel Schnyder


Narrator

Heidi Maria Glössner


Mime

Clemens Lüthard


Author

Lukas Hartmann


Composers

Hendrik Andriessen
Anton Arensky
Kurt Atterberg
Johann Sebastian Bach
Samuel Barber
Béla Bartók
Ludwig van Beethoven
Alban Berg
H. Ignaz Franz Biber
Ernest Bloch
Luigi Boccherini
Jorge A. Bosso
Johannes Brahms
Frank Bridge
Benjamin Britten
Max Bruch
Anton Bruckner
Ferruccio Busoni
Ruperto Chapí
Ernest Chausson
Rebecca Clarke
Guillaume Connesson
Arcangelo Corelli
Raymond Deane
Claude Debussy
Ernst von Dohnányi
Antonín Dvořák
Edward Elgar
Duke Ellington
George Enescu
Manuel de Falla
Gabriel Fauré
Thomas Fortmann
César Franck
George Gershwin
Alexander Glazunov
Edvard Grieg
Maximilan Grossenbacher
Johann Halvorsen
George Frederic Händel
Joseph Haydn
Wilfried Hiller
Gábor Homoki
Paul Juon
Robert Kahn
Zoltán Kodály
Fritz Kreisler
Ernst Krenek
Don Li
György Ligeti
Franz Liszt
Miklós Lukács
Gustav Mahler
Alessandro Marcello
Bohuslav Martinů
Jules Massenet
Nikolaj Medtner
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Tarquinio Merula
Olivier Messiaen
Vittorio Monti
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Modest Mussorgsky
Arvo Pärt
Marco Antonio Pérez-Ramirez
Astor Piazzolla
Boris Pigovat
Massimo Pinca
David Popper
Sergei Prokofiev
Giacomo Puccini
Henry Purcell
Andrei Pushkarev
Roger Quilter
Sergej Rachmaninoff
Maurice Ravel
Max Reger
Gioacchino Rossini
Camille Saint-Saëns
Pablo de Sarasate
Daniel Schnyder
Arnold Schönberg
Dmitri Shostakovich
Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann
Rodion Shchedrin
Jean Sibelius
Horace Silver
Alexander Scriabin
Richard Strauss
Igor Stravinsky
Arthur Sullivan
Sergej Taneyev
Georg Philipp Telemann
Pjotr Tchaikovsky
Marco Uccellini
César Viana
Antonio Vivaldi
Anton Webern
László Weiner
Léo Weiner
Jörg Widmann
Henryk Wieniawski
Eugène Ysaÿe


World and Swiss Premieres

 


2018

Thomas Fortmann (b. 1951)
Andante für einen Oberhofer Purzelbaum
for String Sextet, Clarinet, Piano, and Mime

World Premiere (Commissioned by GAIA Music Festival)

Thomas Fortmann (b. 1951)
Bourlesque
for String Sextet, Clarinet, Piano, and Mime

World Premiere (Commissioned by GAIA Music Festival)

Raymond Deane (b. 1953)
Hungarian-Jewish Melodies
for Clarinet and String Trio

World Premiere (Commissioned by GAIA Music Festival)

 


2017

Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979)
Grotesque
Swiss Premiere

Maximilian Grossenbacher (*1991)
Airreel
World Premiere (commissioned by GAIA Music Festival)

Miklós Lukács (*1977)
Bartók Impressions
(after the Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 68 by Béla Bartók)
World Premiere

Marco Antonio Perez-Ramirez (*1964)
OLUM
World Premiere (commissioned by GAIA Music Festival)

Massimo Pinca (*1978)
The Fates for String Quartet and Cimbalom
World Premiere

Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin (*1932)
Humoresque for Piano
Arrangement by Massimo Pinca
World Premiere of the Arrangement

 


2016

Texts by Lukas Hartmann for
Suite Burlesque de Quixotte (Georg Philipp Telemann)
Suite italienne (Igor Strawinsky)
Pictures at an Exhibition (Modest Mussorgsky)

World Premieres

Manuel de Falla (1876–1946)
Spanish Dance from La vida breve
Arrangement by Raymond Deane
Edited by Gwendolyn Masin
Swiss Premiere

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
Danse macabre, Poème symphonique op. 40
Arrangement by Raymond Deane
Edited by Gwendolyn Masin
Swiss Premiere

Modest Mussorgski (1839–1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition
Arrangement for Piano and String Quintet by Rudolf Leopold
Swiss Premiere

 


2015

Daniel Schnyder (*1961)
Mensch Blue
World Premiere

Daniel Schnyder (*1961)
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano ad parnassum
World Premiere

 


2014

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
Bagatelle for Violin, Viola and Piano
Swiss Premiere

Paul Juon (1872–1940)
Sextet in C minor Op. 22
Swiss Premiere

 


2013

Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
“GAIA’s Piazzolla Suite”

  • “Nightclub 1960” from “Histoire du Tango”
    

Arrangement for Vibraphone solo by Andrei Pushkarev
    Swiss Premiere
  • “Milonga loca” from “Tango: Zero Hour”
    Arrangement for Violin and Vibraphone by Andrei Pushkarev
    Swiss Premiere
  • “Introducción del Ángel” from “Concierto del Ángel”
    Arrangement for Violin, Violoncello and Vibraphone by Andrei Pushkarev
    

World Premiere
  • “Escualo”
    
Arrangement for Violoncello and Vibraphone by Andrei Pushkarev
    Swiss Premiere
  • “Chiquilin de Bachin”
    Arrangement for Vibraphone solo by Andrei Pushkarev
    World Premiere

Andrei Pushkarev (*1974)
“La folia de GAIA”
Arrangement of the Violin Sonata Op. 5 no. 12 “La folia”
by Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713)
World Premiere

Luigi Boccherini (1743 – 1805)
Quintett for String Quartet and Guitar No. 4 D major G 448
4. Movement: Fandango
Arrangement by Ilya Hoffman
World Premiere

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Sonata “Arpeggione” in A minor D 821
(in a Transcription for Solo Cello and String Quartet)
Swiss Premiere

Yurodny
Multiple new works and arrangements
World Premieres / Swiss Premieres

 


2012

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Ciaccona from Partita II in D minor BWV 1004 for Solo Violin
Arrangement for four Violoncelli by Laszlo Varga
Swiss Premiere

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor BWV 853 from The Well-Tempered Clavier I
Arrangement after Bach for four Violoncelli by Laszlo Varga
Swiss Premiere

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Suite V in C minor BWV 1011 for Solo Violoncello
Arrangement for two Violoncelli by Laszlo Varga
Swiss Premiere

 


2011

Kurt Atterberg (1887–1974)
Double Concerto in C Major for Violin, Violoncello and Strings Op. 57
Swiss Premiere

Alban Berg (1885–1935)
Piano Sonata Op. 1
Transcription for Viola and String Orchestra by Leonid Hoffman
Swiss Premiere

Ernest Bloch (1880–1959)
Prayer (T’Fila)
Orchestrated by Jorge Bosso
Swiss Premiere

César Viana (*1963)
“Sermaf” for Violin and Viola
Swiss Premiere

 


2010

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Basso continuo BWV 1060R
World Premiere of the transcription in C minor for Bassoon and Viola by Ilya Hoffman and Martin Kuuskmann

Jorge Bosso (*1966)
משה (Moshee) for Violoncello solo and 17 Strings
World Premiere

Max Bruch (1838–1920)
“Kol Nidrei”
Adagio in D minor on Hebrew Melodies for Violoncello and Orchestra Op. 47
Swiss Premiere of the transcription for Violoncello and String Orchestra by Gavriel Lipkind in collaboration with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra

Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935)
Sarabande with Variations in G minor (on a theme by Georg Friedrich Händel) for Violin and Viola
Swiss Premiere of the GAIA transcription for Violin and Violoncello

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Fantasiestücke Op. 73
Swiss Premiere of the transcription for Bassoon and Piano by Martin Kuuskmann after the original for Clarinet (Violoncello ad lib.) and Piano

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Piano Quartet in C minor
(Fragment, Anhang E 1)
Swiss Premiere (Completion of missing passages in the Piano part by Roman Zaslavsky)

Robert Schumann (1810 —1856) 
“Concertstück” in A minor for Violoncello and Orchestra Op. 129
Swiss Premiere of the transcription for Violoncello and String Orchestra by Gavriel Lipkind in collaboration with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra

Pjotr Tchaikowsky (1840–1893)
Variations on a Rococo Theme for Violoncello and Orchestra Op. 33
Swiss Premiere of the transcription for Violoncello and String Orchestra by Ann Kuppens

 


2009

Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935)
Passacaglia (on a theme by Georg Friedrich Händel) for Violin and Viola
World premiere of the GAIA Transcription for Violin and Violoncello

Don Li (*1971)
Part 87 / “Thirty Combinable Lines”
World Premiere