History

The ENSEMBLE ESPERANZA was founded in winter 2015 by the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, as part of its endeavours to provide talented young musicians with a holistic musical education. Its members are all scholarship-holders between 15 and 28 years of age. They come from all over the globe and are among the most promising musicians of their generation. The ensemble is led by its concert master, Chouchane Siranossian, and its repertoire covers everything from Baroque to contemporary music.

The young ensemble gave its debut performance in February 2015 at the 5th FESTIVAL NEXT GENERATION in Bad Ragaz, where it received the highest of praise from the audience and the international press alike. Since then, the ENSEMBLE ESPERANZA has performed in several other equally acclaimed concerts in Austria, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Germany and Switzerland and has also performed with renowned soloists such as the violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Chouchane Siranossian, Marc Bouchkov and Sara Domjanić, the recorder player Maurice Steger, cellists István Várdai, Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, viola player Adrien Boisseau and saxophone player and composer Daniel Schnyder.

The ensemble receives regular invitations to play at various festivals, including the “VP Bank Classic Festival” – formerly FESTIVAL NEXT GENERATION – as well as MusicConnects in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, the Samobor Music Festival and the Festival Olive Classic in Croatia, the Mozartfest Würzburg in Germany, and the VADUZ CLASSIC festival in Liechtenstein. In 2017, the ensemble was honoured with the “Special Achievement Award” by the “International Classical Music Awards” (ICMA). In 2018 it was awarded the “Promoter of Young Talent of the Year” prize at the “OPUS KLASSIK”, the new Classical music awards in Germany. Soon afterwards the ENSEMBLE ESPERANZA made its debut at Hamburg`s Elbphilharmonie, hosting a mini-festival with four sold-out concerts.

In February 2017, the ensemble released its first CD, “Nordic Suites” (ARS Produktion), with works by Edvard Grieg, Frank Bridge, Carl Nielsen and Gustav Holst. This was followed by the “Southern Tunes” CD, released in January 2018 under the same label, with works by Eduard Toldrà, Ottorino Respighi, Komitas and Nino Rota, and, like the debut CD, also received highest critical acclaim. Their “Western Moods” CD, which has been available since the beginning of 2019, has the “musical West” as its focus.

 

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