Chinese star maestro Long Yu: A life for classical music Chinese star maestro Long Yu: A life for classical music Chinese star maestro Long Yu: A life for classical music
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.
Tanya König
Grammy Award within reach for Regula Curti’s Beyond Music
Regula Curti connects musicians from around the world through her digital platform, Beyond Music. The project offers an alternative to streaming apps like Spotify and has caught the attention of the U.S. Recording Academy. And with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein, Beyond Music’s first collaborative album, “Same Sky,” has Grammy potential of its own.
Tanya König
Young Swiss designers make their debut on the Paris stage
The Swiss Fashion Association curated the first-ever Swiss Pavilion at the Who’s Next fashion fair in Paris last week, presenting eight young designers to an international audience. Karin Lorez, president of the association, and designer Claudia Nabholz tell Tanya König what’s next in the push to promote Swiss designers in Europe and beyond.
Tanya König
Geneva wants to dynamize its opera house
Aviel Cahn takes over as director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève in September. He tells Tanya König about his plans to put the opera house on the international map and how he will take it into the future by pushing collaboration with other Geneva-based institutions.
Ana Maria Montero
The Swiss festival that happens once every 20 years
5,500 costumed actors, 500 choir singers, 36 alpine horns, and 16 jazz musicians: This is the grandiose main performance at Fête des Vignerons, the Swiss wine festival that happens once every 20 years.
Tanya König
The blockchain venture that may bring transparency to the art market
Arteïa is a blockchain player in the art market backed by the Taittinger family, best known as Champagne producers. The company wants to bring greater transparency and liquidity to the art market and is working on a database to track the provenance of artworks. Co-founder Olivier Marian tells Tanya König why they chose Zug as a base and about their upcoming ICO later this summer.
Tanya König
Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and the protest against forgetting
He’s the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London and one of the most influential people in the art world. Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist tells Tanya König how he’s fighting against forgetting by continuing his research of female artists. He also stresses the importance of keeping art institutions—like the newly-opened Shed in New York City, where he’s an adviser—accessible to everyone. The interview was recorded at Hyperion Hotel Basel.
Tanya König
What’s selling at Art Basel
There’s been a new record sale at Art Basel with David Zwirner selling a Gerhard Richter painting for USD 20 million. Find out what else sold.
Tanya König
Is the art world really becoming more female-friendly?
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.
Ana Maria Montero
“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” turns 50
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!
Tanya König
This is Switzerland’s “Shark Tank”
Tomorrow is the latest episode of the new TV show Höhle der Löwen Schweiz, the Swiss version of “Shark Tank.” We asked the investors, or so-called “lions,” what they’re looking for in entrepreneurs.
Tanya König
Burton betting on women to grow business
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.
Tanya König
How the gun law vote may put Swiss tourism at risk
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.
Tanya König
Are Swiss destination weddings the next tourism cash cow?
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.
Tanya König
Switzerland on track to becoming a hot wedding destination
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.

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