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Chamber Music Festival Zwischentöne

About the festival (20 - 22 October 2023)
In Engelberg, surrounded by high mountains, together with other passionate chamber musicians and guest soloists of the highest caliber, the musicians of the Merel Quartet explore various gems of the chamber music repertoire. In the beautiful Belle Epoque Kursaal the audience is treated to three days of inspiring concerts, an exciting musical close encounter. 

This year, the «Zwischentöne» («Nuances») Festival looks back and at the same time leaps forward with the deconstruction and reinterpretation of the concept of «origins». Artistic fields of tension open up as works reflecting tradition contrast with compositional leaps into the unknown.

Fitting with this year’s comprehensive theme, we are honored to be joined by one of the most comprehensive musicians of our time: Sir András Schiff. The audience can look forward to a solo piano recital, as well as highlights such as Schumann's Piano Quintet and Schubert’s Trout Quintet performed together with the Merel Quartet.

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.

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. 

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 Partner Hotels are: Kempinski Palace, Hotel St. Josefshaus, Hotel Central, Hotel Crystal, Hotel Eienwäldli, Hotel Hahnenblick, Hotel Skilodge, Hotel Sonnwendhof, Hotel Spannort, Hotel Bellevue Terminus, Hotel Schweizerhof.

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. 

Looking back
« We have an emphasis on closeness with the audience, she tells me in a video call in early September, several weeks before the festival is set to get underway. You have a dinner together. You have a reception at the end of the whole festival where people can chat and ask questions. »
© Alberto Venzago
© Alberto Venzago
© Alberto Venzago
© Alberto Venzago