An expert in music hosts this themed voyage and offers special insight and engaging introductions on featured composers and pieces, prior to the musical performances. Austrian born, Mag. Antonella Placheta studied piano at the Innsbruck Conservatory for ten years. She continued her studies at the University of Innsbruck, where she concentrated on history and philosophy. After her studies she was able to combine her love of history with her love of music and the arts. In addition to her work as a historian and organizer of various cultural events, Antonella moderates concerts and music events and is active as a state-licensed tourist guide. Since 2015, she has been the director of the women‘s choir ”Sono”. As a music and cultural expert, she accompanies travel groups and cruises throughout Europe and is happy to share her knowledge and her enthusiasm for music with our national and international guests.



”The music is not in the notes,

but in the silence between.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



Musicians Line-up



Julius Caesar: Teatro alla Scala Orchestra on historical instruments


With this new production La Scala inaugurates a Baroque project with Cecilia Bartoli. This staging of Giulio Cesare, performed at La Scala only once before in 1957 under the direction of Gianandrea Gavazzeni, marks the return of Robert Carsen with a stellar cast featuring Philippe Jaroussky and Bejun Mehta. Giovanni Antonini will conduct the Baroque ensemble of the theatre’s Orchestra following its applauded performances of Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno and Tamerlano by Händel and La finta giardiniera by Mozart in recent seasons.



Conductor: Giovanni Antonini

Staging: Robert Carsen

Sets and costumes: Gideon Davey

Choreography: Rebecca Howell

Lights: Peter van Praet e Robert Carsen

Playwright: Ian Burton

Giulio Cesare: Bejun Mehta

Cleopatra: Cecilia Bartoli

Cornelia: Sara Mingardo

Sesto Pompeo: Philippe Jaroussky

Tolomeo: Christophe Dumaux

Achilla: Christian Senn

Curio: Renato Dolcini



Dudok Quartet


After completing their studies with distinction at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in 2013, the Quartet started to have success at international competitions and to be recognized as one of the most promising young European string quartets of the year. In 2014, they were awarded the Kersjes Prize for their exceptional talent in the Dutch chamber music scene.


The Quartet was also laureate and winner of two special prizes during the 7th International String Quartet Competition 2013 à Bordeaux and won 1st place at both the 1st International String Quartet Competition 2011 in Radom (Poland) and the 27th Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition 2012. In 2012, they received 2nd place at the 6th Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition in Weimar (Germany). The members of the quartet first met in the Dutch street symphony orchestra “Ricciotti”. From 2009 until 2011, they studied with the Alban Berg Quartet at the School of Music in Cologne, then to study with Marc Danel at the Dutch String Quartet Academy. During the same period, the quartet was coached intensively by Eberhard Feltz, Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet), Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaÿe) and Stefan Metz. Many well-known contemporary classical composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Calliope Tsoupaki and Max Knigge also worked with the quartet. In 2014, the Quartet signed on for several recordings with Resonus Classics, the world’s first solely digital classical music label. They performed with many renowned guest musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Dmitri Ferschtman, Quirine Viersen, Hannes Minnaar and Mikhail Zemtsov. The musicians have also performed at many prestigious festivals and performed concerts at every major concert hall in the Netherlands, as well as venues in France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus. The quartet took its name from Willem Marinus Dudok (1884 —1974) who was a famous Dutch architect and a great lover of music. He came from a musical family and composed music in his spare time.


“I owe more to composers than I owe to any architect”, he wrote. “I feel deeply the common core of music and architecture; after all, they both derive their value from the right proportions.”




Nathan Quartet




The Nathan Quartet (Dana Anka, Maja Hunziker, Roswitha Killian, Arne-Christian Pelz) was founded in Hamburg and is firmly anchored in the musical life of the Hanseatic city. Since 2005, the Nathan Quartet has been organizing two concert series of its own: in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle and in Scala Basel. With five concerts in the season, the Nathan Quartet shows its unique continuity in the concert activity, always featuring special programs. The fresh and lively musical style of the ensemble is characterized

by a musical commitment to the continuous development of the works for the concerts in Basel and Hamburg. The Quartet followed masterclasses with the Amadeus Quartet and the Borodin Quartet, thus developing a large and varied quartet repertoire.


One focus of the quartet work is the performance of modern and contemporary compositions, which are carefully selected according to musical content. These are works by famous composers of the 20th century such as Kurtág, Ligeti, Shostakovich, Bartók and Lera Auerbach as well as by contemporary composers who find a podium through the compositions commissioned by the Nathan Quartet.


The Nathan Quartet is the initiator of chamber music highlights in the concert life of Hamburg and Basel. The four musicians strive to create many inspiring moments and shared musical experiences, as they are possible in the atmosphere of a concert hall in front of a music-interested audience.

Pianist Martin Ivanov


Born in 1990 to a Bulgarian family of musicians, Martin Ivanov is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating pianist. He began playing piano in 1994 with his mother, and graduated the National Arts School of Ruse in 2009. He participated in over 50 piano competitions in Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Russia, Spain and the USA, with huge success at each one of them. In 2008, Martin was awarded the prize Ruse XXI Century (Bulgaria) for extraordinary accomplishments in music. In 2009, he began studying with Prof. Maisenberg at the Uni.versity for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and later with Prof. Stevan Vladar. Martin has given concerts at festivals in Bulgaria, Austria, Spain, Holland, the USA, France, Italy and Romania. In 2012 he was invited to play at the Life Ball Vienna charity event in front of Hollywood stars and famous singers.





Organist Daniel Maurer


Daniel Maurer studied in Paris with Jean Langlais, who dedicated one of his organ compositions (“Noël N ° 3 avec variations”) to him in 1979. He accompanied Langlais regularly on tours as an assistant and played several concerts for four hands and four feetwith him. Daniel also studied with André Marchal, Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet and Lionel Rogg. In 1982 he won the Premier Prix d‘Honneur at the International Competition in Paris, as well as the Premier Prix d‘orgue at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Daniel Maurer is a titular organist at the J. A. Silbermann organ of the St. Thomas church in Strasbourg. He teaches as a professor of organ and improvisation at the Conservatoire and at the Académie Supérieure de Musique in Strasbourg.



Stuttgart String Quartet

Stefan Balle (1st violin) was born in StuWgart in 1966 and has been first violinist of the StuWgart Philharmonic since 1996. He studied with Prof. Lukas David in Detmold and with Prof. Tibor Varga in Sion, for whom he also worked as an assistant. In addion to chamber music training with Christoph Poppen (Cherubini Quartet), he also studied in the master class of Young-Uck Kim (Beaux Arts Trio). In 1989, Stefan founded the Arensky Trio, with which he won numerous prizes and awards during compeons. He performed as a chamber musician in various ensembles and, as a soloist, performed at fesvals in Switzerland, in the south of France and South America.

Julius Calvelli-Adorno (2. Violin) received his first violin lessons at the age of six and by the age of eleven, he had begun his  musical career in the Taunus string orchestra, successful at the Würzburg orchestra compeon in 1986. He studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. Julius devoted himself intensively to piano trios and string quartets, with mentors like the Opus 8 trio, the Cherubini and the Vogler Quartets. Between 1991 and 1998, he was acve as a member of the Detmold Chamber Orchestra, mainly as voice guide of the second violin and concertmaster. Aer working at the Staatstheater Kassel, at the Städschen Bühnen Osnabrück and at the Münchener Kammerorchester, Julius Calvelli-Adorno joined the StuWgart Philharmonic (March 2000). As a sought-aer chamber musician and commiWed educator, he regularly takes part in various ensembles and fesvals in Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, the USA and Japan.

Mar+n Höfler (viola) studied violin and viola at the Freiburger Musikhochschule and the Amadeus Quartet in Cologne. With the Spohr Quartet, which was founded in 1984, he won first place at the Freiburg University Compeon in 1985. This ensemble not only represented the ARD at the “Internaonale Musiktage” in Salzburg in 1986, but also performed numerous concerts and broadcasts for various instuons. As an orchestral musician, he has played with the SWR-Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, the baroque orchestra Collegium Aureum in Cologne, the Ensemble Aventure for contemporary music in Freiburg and the Bach-Collegium StuWgart of the Internaonal Bach Academy. As an accomplished chamber musician, Marn is also involved in chamber music performances of various combinaons with colleagues of the StuWgart Philharmonic. 

Bernhard Lörcher (violoncello) was born in Freiburg in 1970 and toured throughout Europe as a youth with the “Landes- und Bundesjugendorchester”. With his cello trio, he won 1st place at the “BundesweWbewerb Jugend Musiziert”. He studied with Prof. Marn Ostertag in Karlsruhe and received his chamber music educaon in Vienna with the Alban Berg Quartet and the Haydn Trio. Together with various chamber music ensembles, Bernhard was a guest at many music fesvals and received invitaons to concerts all over Europe. In 1994, he won the Mendelssohn Compeon in Berlin. Since 1999 he has been a cellist with the StuWgart Philharmonic and has been a solo cellist since 2001. In 2006, he performed for the first me at the Santa Catarina Music Fesval in Brazil, where he has since been invited as a guest lecturer and soloist.



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