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World-class piano recital in The Chedi Andermatt

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On 16 February 2016 The Chedi Andermatt will present world-famous pianist Magda Amara accompanied by a first-class ensemble. Performing together with three top musicians from the ranks of the Vienna Philharmonic in the ambience of The Gotthard Room of the new The Chedi Residences, she will play pieces by Rachmaninov, Reger and Brahms. We spoke with Magda Amara about the concert.

How is it that you will be giving a concert in Andermatt?
I think Mr Sawiris got the idea to invite me for this concert because I’m half Egyptian. Of course this invitation makes me very happy, also because The Chedi Andermatt hotel is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world.

You perform in the most traditional and most important concert halls in the world. Do you have a favourite location?
I wouldn’t pick one as a favourite, but of course there are cities that I particularly love, such as Paris, and there are the exceptionally beautiful and wonderful-sounding halls like Wigmore Hall in London, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden or the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

What is your relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic, whose concert master along with two colleagues will be accompanying you?
Through my husband, who has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic many times and whose brother is a hornist with the philharmonic, I have longstanding personal contacts with many musicians of this wonderful orchestra. I have performed with some of them already on many occasions, and I always look forward to these musical collaborations.

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You will be performing in the brand new auditorium The Gotthard Room in The Chedi Andermatt hotel. What do you think about this room?
Last week I had the opportunity to briefly become acquainted with The Chedi and during this visit to select the beautiful Gotthard Room for our concert. I am sure that the special atmosphere of this room will greatly contribute to the success of the evening.

You will be playing Rachmaninov and Brahms at the concert, why did you choose these two composers?
As a Russian, I naturally have a close relationship with the music of Rachmaninov, and Brahms has always been one of my favourite composers. His Piano Quartet in G minor, with its nearly symphonic proportions, is one of the chamber music pieces I adore the most.

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Concert tickets cost CHF 95 and are available from The Chedi Andermatt concierge. For reservations and tickets call +41 (0)41 888 74 77 or write to reservations@chediandermatt.com.

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