He grew up during China‘s Cultural Revolution, when Western classical music was banned. Today, Long Yu is the artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and one of China‘s most successful and celebrated conductors. The New York Times even called him "the most powerful figure in China’s classical music scene". He's also a cultural ambassador promoting cooperation between East and West, and was the first who ever conducted a Chinese orchestra at the Vatican. Yu talks to Martina Fuchs about his life, the growing audiences of classical music in a rapidly changing China, and his role as a cultural diplomat.
Female artists have long been underrepresented at institutions, galleries, and history books. Tanya König visited Art Basel and spoke to dealers, collectors, artists, and curators to find out whether the focus is shifting when it comes to female representation.
In 1969, the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” took over the Schilthorn – Piz Gloria ski station, creating a so-called “Bond effect” that the region is still cashing in on today. Schilthorn threw a party to commemorate the film’s 50th anniversary—and we were there!
Burton is the largest snowboard brand in the world. It is privately owned by founder Jake Carpenter and his wife Donna Carpenter, who is at the helm of the company. She tells us about Burton’s approach to staying financially independent and closing the gender gap.
What happens if Swiss voters don’t accept the gun law referendum on May 19? Martin Nydegger, CEO of Switzerland Tourism, tells us about the major implication it would have on the tourism sector since it would leave the country out of the visa agreement it has with the EU.
Did you know that actress Audrey Hepburn got married on a mountaintop in Burgenstock? Switzerland Tourism, the country’s tourism promotion agency, expects more and more foreign couples to get married here in the future. Board member Barbra Albrecht talks about the growing business of Swiss destination weddings.
Switzerland is aiming to become the next go-to wedding destination. We talked to wedding planning agency The Wildest Dreams, which organized the nuptials of Singapore-based designer Jessicacindy in Gstaad, to find out why their clients opted for Switzerland. We also asked Tomas Pedroni, marketing manager at luxury hotel Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad, why weddings are good for business.
Switzerland makes up just 2 percent of the global art market, but Galerie Kornfeld tries to make the most of it as it competes with international auction houses. Bernhard U. Bischoff, a partner at Kornfeld, explains how he manages this as he prepares for his annual auction in June, which runs parallel to Art Basel.
Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s saw a drop in sales in the UK last year. Jutta Nixdorf, managing director of Christie’s Zurich, explains the recent downturn and why, despite the uncertainty, she is confident the art market will continue to grow.
Switzerland’s largest opera house is no stranger to drama. But for Director Tobias Richter, the official opening of the Grand Théâtre de Genève following three years of renovation proved a little too nerve wracking. He tells Tanya König about the challenges of funding the project and how the theater overcame logistical obstacles as well as some very last-minute delays.
Grazyna Kulczyk made billions with real estate projects and other investments. Now she has opened a museum in Susch, which is the biggest art project in the Engadin Valley in recent years. She tells Tanya König why she chose this small town of just 200 inhabitants for her ambitious project.