The latest recording made with my dear teacher and friend Walter Grimmer will be released in January 2021 at Solo Musica!
On the program, the brand new Adagio for string quintet by Swiss composer Philippe Racine and the essential, marvelous and timeless string quintet (with two cellos) by Schubert!
Egidius Streiff, violin
Lisa Rieder, violin
Mariana Doughty, viola
Walter Grimmer, cello
Sébastien Singer, cello
Impossible to know when concerts will start again !?
But we prépare them, just in case...
17th of January 2021 - Grandson
with Guy Bovet, organ et André Fischer, guitar
04th of February 2021 - Neuchâtel
with Egidius Streiff, violin
05th of February 2021 - Basel
with Egidius Streiff, violin
10th of February 2021 - Freiburg
with André Fischer, guitar and the Galatea Quartet
WAITING FOR THE RETURN OF LIVE CONCERTS
As long as the venues are closed, we will bring the concerts to you!
It is with this slogan that the Société de Musique de Neuchâtel and the Concerts de Camille have joined their forces to offer recorded concerts, made available through a 24-hour rental.
On the program, a concert with sublime violinist Anna Egholm and superb pianist Maria Baranova, as well as a recital with dazzling pianist Brigitte Meyer and myself.
"Russian technique and French charm" a reviewer wrote after Singer’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. A flattering remark, which the years spent with cellist Walter Grimmer, himself a Gendron student, could certainly explain.
Fascinated by chamber music from the youngest age, Singer became the Swiss Piano Trio cellist quite naturally in 2000. From then on, he participated in the ensemble’s artistic development and successively won the 1st Prize at the Caltanissetta International Competition (I), the 1st Prize at the International Brahms Competition (A) and the Swiss Ambassador's Award.
After sixteen years of an international career through more than fifty countries across all continents, numerous recordings and hundreds of concerts in venues such as London Wigmore Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Geneva Victoria Hall, Amsterdam Concert Gebouw, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall and many more, Singer chose to bring his trio collaboration to an end. Since then, he has reoriented his activities towards recital, teaching and concert organization.
With his longstanding accomplice André Fischer, a wonderful musician and guitar virtuoso with whom he plays in an outstanding cello & guitar duo since the adolescence, Singer appears more and more in works which the duo developed and adapted during his numerous years of collaboration. Indeed, singer & fischer expand their repertoire through transcriptions including Schubert’s arpeggione sonata, Debussy’s cello sonata and “l’Histoire du Tango” by Piazzolla. Recently, the ensemble gave an unpublished version of Piazzolla’s double concerto for guitar and bandoneon with star violinist Pierre Amoyal and the Lausanne Camerata. In 2016 a first (but not last!) recording devoted to Bach’s sonatas for viola da gamba (cello) and harpsichord (guitar) was published by the Italian label Stradivarius.
With world famous organist Guy Bovet, Singer also performs regularly, whether in an original repertoire or in adapted works such as Franck’s cello sonata in which the piano part has been transcripted for organ by Bovet himself.
Convinced that every musician should be interested in the contemporary music, Singer played as principal cellist in the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain during a decade. During this period, he created numerous works and collaborated closely with composers such as G. Aperghis, F. Hoch, J. Levine, Mr Wettstein, J. Wildberger, J. Wyttenbach, etc.
During the last twenty years, he recorded for the labels SwissPan, Audite, Claves, Acanthus Music, Grammont, Stradivarius and made broadcastings for Espace 2, DRS 2, SF1, RTSI, ORF, Vietnam National TV, Australia ABC, Radio Television Hongkong, Venezuela State TV, CBC Canada and many others.
Depuis Au temps de leurs études déjà, Sébastien Singer et André Fischer formèrent un duo violoncelle et guitare. Passionnés de musique de chambre, ils décidèrent de se consacrer au répertoire original pour leur insolite formation, tout en étayant ce dernier par d’habiles transcriptions parmi lesquelles la célèbre sonate pour arpeggione de Schubert, l’Histoire du Tango de Piazzolla, les sonates pour viole de gambe et clavecin obligé de Bach ou encore la suite de « l’Amour Sorcier » de De Falla sont à citer.
Brigitte Meyer est née à Bienne. Etudes chez Denise Bidal à Lausanne et chez Bruno Seidlhofer, académie de musique, Vienne. 1971 prix Bösendorfer. 1975 première finaliste du concours Clara Haskil à Vevey. Apparitions en grand nombre aux festivals internationaux, du festival de musique en Schleswig-Holstein au festival Hakuba au Japon. Brigitte Meyer s’occupe surtout de la musique de chambre. Apparitions entre autre avec Martha Argerich, Maria-Joao Pires, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Heinrich Schiff. Discographie vaste. Depuis plus de 20 ans, Brigitts Meyer enseigne les classes professionnelles du Conservatoire de Lausanne, Haute Ecole de Musique et elle a aussi dirigé des Master Classes à Tokyo et à Téhéran.
Guy Bovet est incontestablement un des OVNI incontournables du monde de l'orgue et de la musique en général.
Outre un répertoire immense comprenant, entre autres, l'oeuvre intégrale pour orgue de Bach, plusieurs centaines d'opus sont issues de sa propre plume.
Habile arrangeur, il a adapté la partie de clavier de la sonate pour violon et piano de César Franck à l'orgue.