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Chamber Music Festival Zwischentöne


15 - 17 October 2021

Where is it?
Zwischentöne Chamber Music Festival is held in the alpine resort village of Engelberg, Switzerland.  This historic town surrounded by majestic mountains features a 12th-century monastery and beautiful Belle Époque hotels.

About the festival
Zwischentöne Chamber Music Festival, hosted by the Merel Quartet, features prominent guest artists such as Ian Bostridge, Eivind Ringstad, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Saskia Giorgini and Irina Ungureanu. The artistic directors aim to create a program which awakens, in themselves as well as the audience, desire and joy in the unexpected interplay of the familiar and the unkown. Under the title “Affairs of the Heart”, this year’s festival features favorites such as Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Ralph Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge with Ian Bostridge, Mozart’s C Major String Quintet, Brahms Clarinet Trio and César Franck’s Piano Quintet as well as contemporary works by Wyttenbach, Zinsstag, Kõrvits and Kurtág. Two Young Festival Artists, join us and are integrated into various chamber groups for an intensive learning experience.

How to get there?

Nearest airports are Zürich and Basel EuroAirport. There are several train connections each hour from Zürich and Basel Airports. The journey takes approximately 2 hours & 15 minutes from the airport, or 1 hour 40 minutes from Zürich Main Station.  For more information please click here.

Concert Venue: Kursaal Engelberg, Bahnhofstrasse 16, 6390 Engelberg

With car: from any direction follow the A2 motorway and take the Stans-Süd exit. Then follow the main road and the signs to Engelberg. The Kursaal is located in the center of the village, in the Kempinski Palace Hotel, which has underground parking. 

Local accommodation

Guests of the festival stay in the same hotels as the musicians. Festival partner hotels have special offers on their room rates.  Book your tickets to receive a promo-code. 

Our 3 Partner Hotels are: Kempinski Palace (5-star) +41 41 639 75 75; H+ Hotel (4-star) +41 41 639 58 58; Hotel Terrace (3-star) +41 41 639 66 66

In the case of the Kempinski and Terrace hotels, your promo-code will appear on the ticket. To book the H+ Hotel (4-star) special rate, please call and be sure to mention that you will be attending the Festival.

For more information click here.

What can you visit nearby?

Surrounded by some of Switzerland’s highest peaks, Engelberg offers stunning scenery, historic hotels and a 12th-century monastery as well as many excellent restaurants and cafés. 

Dress code

Mountain weather is often warm during the day but chilly in the evenings at this time of year. Concertwear is casual chic.

Food & drink

There are many excellent restaurants in Engelberg, including the gourmet restaurant Cattani in the Kempinski Palace Hotel and the restaurant Urchig in the H+ Hotel serving more traditional Swiss dishes. Between the concerts there are small dishes and snacks available in the bar of the Kempinski Palace Hotel and before the Late-Night concert there are snacks and drinks available in the Hotel Terrace.

Why visit the festival?

If you love the alps and chamber music, there is no better place to come. Zwischentöne Chamber Music Festival offers inspiring programs of exquisite chamber music in a stunning mountain setting.

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Kursaal Engelberg
Kursaal Engelberg
Hotel Terrace
Hotel Terrace