Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

the Amar Quartett with pianist Benjamin Engeli_London/ Edinburgh_March

The Amar Quartett, comprising Anna Brunner and Igor Keller, violins, Hannes Bärtschi, viola, and Peter Somodari, cello, performed two concerts together with pianist Benjamin Engeli. This innovative ensemble places special emphasis on attracting new audiences with contemporary music which they juxtaposed this time in a very inspiring way with J.S. Bach. The audience enjoyed new compositions by Swiss composers Michèle Rusconi and Roberto David Rusconi, two of them UK premieres, at Edinburgh’s Reid Concert Hall and at the Jerwood Hall, LSO St Lukes, in London. Michèle and Roberto studied composition and trace their origins to Ticino, Switzerland. Michèle was inspired by pop, jazz and later by the music of Edgar Varèse, while Roberto’s influences include the vocal music of Gesualdo, Monteverdi and Anton Webern. The composers attended both concerts which were introduced by Conrad Williams, author of “The Concert Pianist”. It was a riveting, thrilling musical encounter that brought wonderful texture and dimension to the sound elicited from familiar instruments.