Swiss Orchestra — Orchestra in Residence
In 2022 in Andermatt — a famous intersection on the Gotthard railway, in the middle of the Swiss Alps and thus well-nigh predestined to be a site of cultural exchange — the Swiss Orchestra is moving into its new home as the orchestra in residence at the local Concert Hall. The Swiss Orchestra is made up of first-class instrumentalists aged between 25 and 45 who have all played in prestigious symphonic and chamber ensembles. This dynamic ensemble sees itself as an orchestra for the whole of Switzerland, building musical bridges from Basel to Graubünden to Geneva. Its aim is to overcome not just language barriers, but also prejudices against classical music.
The exciting, innovative concert programmes of the Swiss Orchestra aim to generate enthusiasm among a broad public for all kinds of orchestral music. Its aim is to rediscover forgotten, barely acknowledged Swiss composers from the Classical and Romantic periods. The Swiss Orchestra wants to make these unknown facets of Swiss history accessible once more to a broad audience by presenting programmes that place rare Swiss works alongside well-known masterpieces of the world repertoire.
With its nationwide presence and its focus on “Swiss symphonic music”, the Swiss Orchestra has a unique selling point on today’s orchestral landscape. The Swiss Orchestra has established itself on the orchestral landscape in a very short space of time. Together with soloists such as Heinz Holliger (oboe), Vivian Chassot (accordion), Oliver Schnyder (piano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo-soprano), Alina Pogostkina, Michael Barenboim (violin) and Bernhard Russi (narrator), the Swiss Orchestra has performed at the Zurich Tonhalle, the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne, the St. Gallen Tonhalle, the Bern Casino, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Stadtcasino Basel and the Andermatt Concert Hall. The orchestra’s first foreign tour took it to Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de España) and San Sebastián (Kursaal) in 2022.
Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer — Music Director
Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer has been the intendant of ANDERMATT MUSIC since 2022 and thus responsible for concert planning in the Andermatt Concert Hall. She is also the Music Director of the Swiss Orchestra, Andermatt’s orchestra-in-residence that plays many of Andermatt’s symphonic programmes.
As a pioneer of the Swiss symphonic repertoire, the Swiss Orchestra works with renowned soloists such as Oliver Schnyder, Heinz Holliger and Marie-Claude Chappuis to perform little-known treasures of Swiss music together with masterpieces of the standard repertoire. Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer is in demand internationally as a guest conductor, and her engagements have taken her to renowned orchestras such as the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Filharmonia Pomorska, the Camerata Switzerland, the Basel Sinfonietta, the Sinfonietta Bern, the Orchestre Symphonique du Jura and the Zakhar Bron Festival Orchestra.
Born in Zurich in 1983, Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer studied the violin and conducting at the Basel Music Academy, and musicology and economics at the University of Basel, where she also took her doctorate in musicology. She furthered her conducting studies with Sylvia Caduff and Sir Roger Norrington, and has worked as assistant conductor to Claudio Abbado. In addition to her concert activities, she also publishes in the history of reception and interpretation and undertakes research into Swiss music history. She edited the book “Mahler-Interpretation heute” (edition text + kritik 2015), which the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” declared to be one of the “most fascinating” books in the recent reception of Mahler. In June 2019, she published the monograph “Klingender Zeitgeist” on Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (also edition text + kritik), which was acclaimed as a “trailblazing” book and as “highly inspiring, pioneering work” (“Stifter Jahrbuch”). She has often lectured at the University of Basel.