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Saturday, July 6, 2024

19:30 o'clock

Program: Highlights from all programs

Blumenstein Castle, SO
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Sunday, October 27, 2024

Program: Piazzolla

Rudolf Steiner School, AG

Wednesday, October 30, 2024

19:30 o'clock

Program: Danube

Villa Boveri, Baden
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Thursday, October 31, 2024

19:30 o'clock

Program: follows

Rotanda Foundation, Jegenstorf, BE


The Salonists 2024

The five musicians of I Salonisti form a perfectly coordinated ensemble. The quintet's performances are among the best you can hear in

chamber music. The design of the various programs demonstrates ingenuity and taste and is as diverse as the international origins of the musicians.

Piotr Plawner, violin
Mi ša Stefanovic, violin
Orlando Theuler, cello
Ivan Nestic, double bass
Gerardo Vila, piano


The history of the current formation is closely linked to the founders of the ensemble. In 1981, Daniel Zismann, Lorenz Hasler, Belà and Frenec Szedlak founded the first formation. I Salonisti achieved international success with James Cameron's film adaptation of "Titanic", in which the quintet became world famous as the on-board orchestra. Find out more about the history here.

"I Salonisti, the most charming boy group among the Bernese chamber orchestras."

The Confederation, 2023

Piotr Plawner

Piotr Plawner is one of the most creative and talented violinists of the younger generation. He has won first prize in important competitions, including the International Wieniawski Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. He has performed as a soloist in many important music venues, including the Tivoli, Châtelet, Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Herkules Saal (Munich), Liederhalle (Stuttgart), Palau de la Música Catalana, Teatro Monumental and Concertgebouw. Since 2005 he has worked with K.Zimerman. Plawner has recorded for BR, WDR, SDR, SWR, ORF, DRS, TVE and Dutch television. He received a special award from CD magazine for “CD of the Year 1998” (chamber works by Szymanowski). His latest CDs include the Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet by Chausson (“Frédéric Prize 2005” for the best chamber music CD), the violin concertos by Szymanowski and Karlowicz, and a complete recording of the works for violin and piano by Bacewicz. Professor at the Music Academy in Katowice.

Miša Stefanovic

Born in Belgrade in 1964. After completing his basic violin studies in Belgrade, he moved to Bern in 1979 and studied there for four years with Max Rostal. He completed his soloist diploma with Eva Zurbrügg at the Bern Conservatory. He later completed his studies with Igor Ozim, also in Bern. Numerous solo performances and a lively chamber music activity have taken Misa Stefanovic all over the world. In addition to his almost 35 years as a teacher at the Bern Conservatory, he was also a member of the Camerata Bern for almost 20 years and was concertmaster in the OCN and ESN de Neuchâtel, as well as in the OS Sao Paulo, among others, and in various other ensembles. In addition to occasional solo performances, he loves playing in quartets with his long-time colleagues. He is enthusiastic about his new grandfather role.

Orlando Theuler

Orlando Theuler received his first cello lessons at the Liceo Municipal de Santa Fe in Argentina, where he graduated with honors in 1983. He has received numerous prizes and awards and has worked in his country as a cellist with the Orquesta Filarmónica del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
With a scholarship from the international Menuhin Academy, he continued his education with Radu Aldulescu. He then studied with Ivan Monighetti at the Music Academy of the City of Basel (soloist diploma) and with Christophe Coin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Orlando Theuler is a sought-after orchestral and chamber musician in various formations. He worked as a teacher at the Neuchâtel Conservatory from 2000 to 2012 and since 2012 at the Zurich Conservatory Music School (MKZ).

Gerardo Vila

Gerardo Vila was born in Buenos Aires in 1964 and is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. He has lived in Bern since 1986. He is a busy concert performer all over the world, giving piano recitals, as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician. He can already look back on a rich and varied concert experience.
In 1987 he received the “Premier Prix de Virtuosité avec Distinction” at the Geneva Conservatory and won numerous prizes at international piano competitions, including the first prize “Maria Canals” in Barcelona. As a soloist, Vila has performed with renowned orchestras, including the “Orchestre de la Suisse Romande”, “Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona”, “Dresdner Philharmonie Orchester”, “Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne” and the “Berner Symphonieorchester”. He was a member of the group “Tango 7” and accompanied the singer Milva on numerous tours.
Gerardo Vila teaches chamber music at the Geneva-Neuchâtel School of Music.

Ivan Nestic
double bass

Born in 1974 in Zagreb, Croatia. Studied in Zagreb, Bern, Geneva and Basel.
Solo bassist of the National Opera Zagreb from 1998 - 2001. Member of the Ensemble Paul Klee - Culture Prize of the Canton of Bern (2013) Collaboration with Camerata Bern, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bern Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Fribourg Chamber Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and others. Sought-after chamber musician.
Teaches at the Köniz Music School, Bantiger Music School and Gstaad Menuhin Academy.
In 2010, the composer Peter Seabourne and the Ensemble Paul Klee dedicated his third chamber concert, Storyteller, to him. Other composers have also written for him, notably Antoine Fachard and Gabrielle Brunner.
Lives with his family in Bern.


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