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Russian Soul

A Highlight at the Start of the Year. From 4 to 7 January 2017 the LGT Young Soloists are recording their second CD, “Russian Soul”. 

A triumphant conclusion

Our guest performance at the Abu Dhabi Classic Festival was like a triumphant conclusion to a wonderful year of concerts or a tale from the Arabian Nights.

Christmas greetings

The LGT Young Soloists wish you happy holidays and all the very best for 2017:

Live in concert

Familiar pastures, an impromptu soccer match and Hollywood amid the desert sands

Changing backdrops in Europe, Asia and the Middle East – the last few weeks have been filled with a number of premieres for the LGT Young Soloists, both on and off the stage.

Samuel Weilacher - a young talent introduces himself

His great passion is the cello, his idol is Rostropowitsch, and his dream is to play the Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Concert review

A rousing concert evening at TAK in Schaan, Liechtenstein


Win an trip to Abu Dhabi

Win an unforgettable trip to Abu Dhabi!

Images from an exhibit

Old Masters accompanied by music performed by the LGT Young Soloists. This feast for the eyes and ears could recently be experienced in Bern.

Chamber music featuring soloists: a “tête-à-trois”

Our longstanding members Elena Kawazu and David Nebel recently met with great success as they charted new territory: as a chamber ensemble, the two young violinists played at the Kulturhaus Uster together with pianist and co-founder of the LGT Young Soloists Marina Seltenreich. The musical sparks were flying so far in the intimate setting that they could be felt by the audience. This is no surprise, seeing as the concert was entitled Sonaten und virtuose Feuerwerke (Sonatas and Virtuoso Fireworks). We are proud to look on as our project unfolds, and how friendships and new musical ideas develop.

Concert debut at Schloss Elmau

The LGT Young Soloists opened this years Liedwochen at Schloss Elmau

A new face among the ranks of the LGT Young Soloists: Carlo Lay

The young cellist Carlo Lay played wonderfully at the auditions in Zurich at the beginning of July 2016 and impressed us all. The trial project that followed in Salzburg was a pleasant experience and he is now an integral part of the ensemble. One success leads to another: in August, our young up-and-coming talent received the "Förderpreis 2016" at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. For the experts: Carlo Lay plays a Toppani cello made in 1733 that was lent to him by the Andarta foundation.

Orchestra in Residence

Gstaad, Verbier, Rheingau, Spoleto…classical music likes to “move” to the countryside or the mountains in summertime. St. Christoph am Arlberg will soon also likely be added to this roster of highly regarded names.

A viola for Benedetta

The prices of instruments made by great masters are exorbitant. How fortunate that there are foundations such as the Pro Canale Fondazione!

Auditions – young talents present themselves

The equivalent of what for most people is an interview is an audition in the case of artists. On 2 July, auditions for the Young Soloists were held at the Musikhaus Jecklin in Zurich.

First prize for Leo!

Congratulations to our violinist Leo Esselson on winning the first prize with distinction at the International Karl Adler Music Competition in Stuttgart, Germany. Bravo!

Award for Danielle!

Congratulations to Danielle Akta for receiving the prestigious Oleg Yankovsky Prize during her Russia tour with the acclaimed Maestro Vladimir Spivakov!

53rd edition of national competition „Jugend musiziert"

We would like to congratulate two members of our LGT Young Soloists on their outstanding performances at the German national competition "Jugend musiziert" in Kassel. Cellist Samuel Weilacher (14) won first price in the categories "Solo" and "Chamber Music", while violinist Leo Esselson (16) came in second in the "Solo" competition. In order to qualify for the national finals, both musicians, together with 2458 other young talents, had to make it through regional and state competitions first. We are extremely proud of both of them!

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Article in Fono Forum

School, practice, rehearsals, concerts – talented young musicians take on a many commitments in the interests of a solo career. Their thoroughly organised lives have little in common with those of their schoolmates. This often leads to a lack of contact to people of their own age. This is precisely the point at which the LGT Young Soloists project gets to work: rising stars as a team or, as Ole Pflüger calls it, soloists in a herd. His article clearly shows how the young women and men not only benefit from cooperation with like-minded persons in artistic and human terms, but also learn step by step to make their way in the world of music and establish important contacts, because “there is no conservatory that teaches networking”.

Full-length reviews of the CD can be found here

High praise for “Italian Journey” – LGT Young Soloists’ first CD wins over listeners

The LGT Young Soloists’ first CD Italian Journey, which features works by Italian composers from the 18th to the 20th centuries, has been well received. The mix of periods and styles, of solo and orchestral works, are not just testimony of the ensemble’s great skill, but also leave significant room for the young soloists’ irrepressible zest for music as well as their spirit: “Not only is the music played in a highly flexible, animated and seemingly spontaneous manner, the dynamic and colorful nuances, arc of tension and narrative energy are stupendous.” (Pizzicato) 

Ranging from the Devil’s Trill Sonata and the Cavalleria Rusticana through to the famous theme song from Cinema Paradiso, fans of string music and lovers of light classical music will be equally delighted by this musical voyage through Italy. “A more than successful debut.” (Das Orchester)

Full-length reviews of the CD can be found here