Duo Froschhammer – Northern Lights

Northern Lights – An insight into nordic violin music
Published by the record company Solo Musica, the CD “Northern lights” of the Duo Froschhammer allows us to discover with sensitivity and virtuosity several Scandinavian composers. This very successful record brings together works for violin and piano written between the 19th and 20th centuries (Tor Aulin, Edward Grieg, Jean Sibelius) and also folk pieces transcribed by Fritz Froschhammer and the Duo Froschhammer.

The Duo Froschhammer features siblings Felix Froschhammer, violin, and Julia Froschhammer, piano. Founded in 1998, the Duo has since performed in Switzerland, Germany, ltaly, France, Malta and al the famous Atheneum in Bucharest. Together they are prize winners of the International Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for 20th cenlury chamber music and have been recipienls of scholarships from the Bavarian Music Fund.

Felix Froschhammer is first Violinist of the casalQuartett and Concertmaster of both the Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel and Sinfonietta de Lausanne (Switzerland), Felix is also active as a soloist and plays an important role in the Ensemble Chaarts and Tri i Dve, a Quinte! specialising in Balkan music.
Previous engagements include appearances al festivals including Salzburger Feslspiele, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau Musikfestival and Lucerne Festival, as well as al worldrenowned venues in Shanghai, Bangkok, Moscow, Singapore, Milan and Paris. Felix’s performances have been broadcast on Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Ôsterreichischer Rundfunk, Südwestdeulscher Rundfunk, Deulschlandfunk, Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2, France 2, Arte TV and Mezzo. His chamber music parlners include Gautier Capuçon, Lawrence Power, Fazil Say, Felicity Lott and Maximilian Hornung. Since 2018 he has been the Artistic Director of the Festival du Jura in Switzerland.

Born in Munich, Julia Froschhammer began studying the piano at the age of six with her father, the pianist and composer Fritz Froschhammer. A prize winner of several national competitions, she obtained her artistic diploma with Vadim Suchanov al the Richard Strauss
Conservatory, Munich, and joined the Haute école de musique de Lausanne (HEMU) in 2002, studying with Jean-François Antonioli. ln 2007, she completed her studies with the prestigious soloist’s diploma and was awarded the Paderewski Prize and the Ganz Prize.
Julia performs regularly as a chamber musician and soloist throughout Europe. Together with harpist Céline Gay des Combes she also enjoys performing as part of the Duo Harpian, a rare harp and piano duo which con be heard on Radio France Musique, Radio Espace 2, SRF and Radio Classique. Recently they have performed for the Swiss Embassy
in Washington (USA) and released a CD of French and Spanish music on the Swiss label VDE Gallo. The duo often commissions new works, and in 2016, the Swiss composer Jean Froidevaux dedicated a work to them. With her new ensemble, Pianofolie, Julia performs with three other pianists atone piano, combining music and comedy.
Alongside her concert career Julia shores her passion for music through teaching, notably as Professor of piano al the lnstitute de Ribaupierre (EML) in Lausanne.

As an accomplished artist Julia also expresses herself through painting. Her work con be found on her online art gallery, JuArt, and al regular exhibitions and concerts combining music and art.

The contemporary piano 2019

Philippe Mathis – Prize winner composer of the  Composition competition “The contemporary piano 2019” for the music composition “Dimensions 1”.

The contemporary piano 2019

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities and selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc will be taken into account.

The quality of the text is examined by the jury. Unpublished works & worksworks (Modern compositions for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes) that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

The results of this year’s international composition competition can be read here

Alexandre Dubach & Sibylle Baehler Duo piano violin

Alexandre Dubach

Alexandre Dubach is a Swiss violinist. He began studying violin under Elisabeth Schoni at the age of 7. Within two years, he won the Concours National of the 1964 EXPO in Lausanne, followed by appearance on television and radio around Switzerland.

He proceeded to study under Eva Zurbrugg, Ulrich Lehmann, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Magda Lavanchy and Salvatore Accardo. At 15 he gave his debut performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Armin Jordanand the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, where he returned regularly as soloist and from 1981-1985 also as leader.

At the age of 16 he won the Migros study prize and completed his studies at the Conservatoire in Fribourg “summa cum laude”. His talent was recognised in international competitions,including Senigallia, Sion, Vienna, Naples, Gernsbach, Freiburg and Vercelli, where he won 1 st prizes, including the coveted “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer”in Gorizia.

In 2000 the town of Thun awarded him their prize for culture. In 2015 he receives the same award from the Bernese Oberland.

In 2007 Dubach performed the Swiss national premiere of Niccolo Paganini’s Third ViolinConcerto. His Claves recording of Paganini’s 6 violin concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo has won great acclaim, including a listing in Jaoachim Hartnack’s Great Violinists of our Time.

Alexandre Dubach has taught in Castel del Monte, Zurich (at the master classes after A. Grumiaux and N. Milstein), Delémont and Sion and is also in great demand as a teacher in eastern Europe.


Sibylle Baehler

Sibylle Baehler : After obtaining her teaching certificate at the “Staatliches Seminar Bern”, Sibylle Bähler obtained her teaching diploma at the “Société Suisse de Pédagogie musicale”. She completed her artistic training at the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar by taking part in “Master-Classes” with Alexander Alexandrov.

Her main fields of music activity are piano teaching and chamber music concerts. She often accompanies her daughter in four-handed works and plays in duet with violinist Alexandre Dubach. She is also a remarkable Lieder accompanist.



Alexandre Dubach, Violon Sibylle Bähler; piano St. Marien, Thun (Switzerland) 11.2.2018

Deutschland, Bensberg, BenefizKonzert für Bono e.V. mit Alexandre Dubach, Emma Saskia und Sybille Bähler im Autohaus Gieraths 18.01.2019 Ⓒ Markus Bollen

Pianist Emma Saskia Baehler

Emma Saskia Bähler, born in 2007, begins playing the piano before four years, and she gave her first official concert two years later playing mazurkas by Chopin and works by Brahms and with his mother Sibylle Bähler who is her first teacher.

Emma Saskia Bähler has already performed in several Swiss cities: Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Avenches, Sigriswil, Zürich and Thun, playing as a soloist and with his mother of fourhands. She has playing also in Germany.

Since 2017, she has been Alexandre Dubach’s partner several times, the great Swiss violinist from Thun.

She has already won several first prizes, even with distinction. In June 2018 she won the first prize at the Steinway Piano Competition.

At the end of February, beginning of March 2019, Emma Saskia Bähler gave for the first time concerts with orchestra.

Etude for piano (Philippe Mathis composer) interpreted by Emma Saskia Baehler

About the Etude for piano

As in any etude, one particular technical aspect of the piano is explored. This Etude for piano explore the arpeggiated chords. The melody is sentimental and romantic. The harmony is diatonic at first but modulates into a different key. The harmonic development in here is very colorful, deep and emotionally intense. Following section brings back the opening melody that modulates to the original key. There is also a Coda that allows now the arpeggios to be played by the right hand while the melody is given to the left.

This Etude won the First Prize Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna 2015
(category professionnal international)

The contemporary piano 2018

Philippe Mathis – Prize winner composer of the  Composition competition “The contemporary piano 2018” for the music composition “Dimensions 7”.

“Dimensions 7” is interpreted by Dimitris Anousis, Composer, pianist arranger, manager of “AN ART ARTISTRY “.

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities and selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc will be taken into account.

The quality of the text is examined by the jury. Unpublished works & worksworks (Modern compositions for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes) that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.


Piano Music Composition – The contemporary piano 2018

Piano Music Composition – The contemporary piano 2018

Piano Music Composition – The contemporary piano 2018

Opus Dissonus 2017

Philippe Mathis 2nd Prize in the 3rd Opus Dissonus Composition Competition  with the work Dimensions (number 5)

Dimensions 5

Opus Dissonus is a worldwide competition open to all composers, regardless of nationality or age. Composers must submit piano solo works no longer than twelve minutes. Artur Cimirro, composer and pianist , is founder of Opus Dissonus

The competition is open to all composers, regardless of nationality or age.
Composers must submit piano solo works no longer than twelve minutes.
Submissions are limited to three works per composer.

Dimitris Anousis – A pianist goes to the opera

Dimitris Anousis, Composer, pianist, arranger, manager of “AN ART ARTISTRY” has registred a beautiful disk intituled “When a pianist goes to the Opera”. This album is a collection of very interessant and virtuosic transciptions of piano of the 19th century as Hummel, Liszt, Raff, Thalberg, Smith, on well known and popular musical themes from operas by Mozart, Verdi, Bellini, Wagner, Bizet. 

I hope you will be interested to listen this excellent CD. You can find at this address :

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dimitrisanousis