Chamber music under the Schlern mountain
Chamber music under the Schlern mountain
from different eras, from classical to contemporary

Schlern Music with new impulses


In May 2024, the biennial chamber music festival Schlern Music once again invites its audience to experience works from different eras at unconventional, atmospheric venues in and around Völs am Schlern - fresh, exciting impulses are contributed by the new artistic direction: flautist Chiara Tonelli and the conductor and cellist Philipp von Steinaecker. Perfectly matching the spirit of the festival, they also represent a bridge between Völs am Schlern and the international classical music world. Here, where the two have lived for over 20 years, they will welcome outstanding musicians from their large artistic network around the renowned Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Musicians and programs draw their spontaneity and freshness from the pure joy of making music outside a set professional routine. Another important feature of the festival are its ambition to enable encounters between artists and audience and the carefully selected "stages" including individual culinary accents. Völs am Schlern with its many farmers, restaurants and winegrowers provides the perfect setting for this approach of combining locally grown and produced culinary delights with repertoire interpreted by the a charismatic group of internationally acclaimed artists.

Chamber music has a long tradition in Völs, most recently by the introduction of a fresh, contemporary festival concept in collaboration with the legendary string quartet agent Sonia Simmenauer. The format with young string quartets and instrumentalists enjoyed extraordinary popularity and is now being sharpened even further with the artistic direction of Tonelli and von Steinaecker. Entry to all concerts is free, encouraging an easy, unpretentious access to the sublime world of chamber music at its highest level.


Philipp von Steinaecker, who originally trained as a cellist at the New York Juilliard School, has set his focus on conducting for many years, being primarily influenced by Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the Orchester Révolutionaire et Romantique and by Claudio Abbado and also as Abbado's assistant and as Guest conductor in whose orchestra Mozart worked. He has been the artistic curator of the Gustav Mahler Academy Bozen for 10 years, with whose orchestra he led a remarkable performance of Mahler's 9th Symphony on original instruments last year.

Tonelli and von Steinaecker have been living in Prösels for over 20 years and not only spend the time here between their numerous touring and concert engagements - for many years they also organized a chamber music festival with musician friends, an idea that born during their wedding at Schloss Prösels, which was blessed with many musical contributions in the wonderful acoustics of the inner courtyard. With the increasing involvement in other projects and the birth of their daughter, they stopped the chamber music week a few years ago. After repeatedly being asked about it by musician friends and colleagues they gladly accepted their new assignment in the Schlern Music chamber music festival, which was relaunched in its current form a few years ago.


The list of great musicians who are embarking on this adventurous trip underlines the serious artistic ambitions of the project: the world-famous Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling, the outstanding young violinists Andrea Obiso, concertmaster of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Afanasy Chupin, Theodor Currentzi's unforgettable concertmaster at MusicAeterna, the Israeli violinist Nitzan Bartana, concertmaster in the Basel Symphony Orchestra and internationally sought-after as a chamber musician, the violist Volker Jacobsen, founding member of the legendary Artemis Quartet, Nicola Birkhan, principal violinist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra , here on the viola, as well as the charismatic cello star Maximilian Hornung, and the wonderful chamber musician and accompanist Paul Rivinius as well as the double bass player Roberto di Ronza, a Neapolitan living in Salzburg and a sought-after chamber musician, as well as solo bassist of the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic.

They will be joined by selected young talents, such as the violinist Jacob Kammerlander, Bolzano-born horn player Alessio Dainese, who despite his youth is already the principal horn at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the flautist Petra Lantschner from Völs, who has just been admitted to the Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic. Of course, the artistic directors themselves will also participate: Chiara Tonelli, former principal flautist with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and now principal flutist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and her husband Philipp von Steinaecker, conductor and cellist in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In keeping with the spirit of the festival, they also represent a bridge between Völs am Schlern and the international classical music world.


The program for Schlern Music 2024 is by design highly eclectic and varied. There is no theme as such but there are a few thoughts that structure the many concerts on offer.
Time Place
Wednesday, 08.05.2024
9:00 p.m

Romantik Hotel Turm | Völs am Schlern

  • W.A.Mozart: Flute Quartet N.4 K.298 for flute, violin, viola and cello
  • G.Mahler: Liebst Du um Schönheit  (Rückert-Lieder III)
  • A.Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht op.4 for string sextet
  • G.Mahler: Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder IV)
Thursday, 09.05.2024
9:00 p.m.

Stanglerhof | St. Konstantin

  • A.Dvorak: Notturno op.40 for two 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass
  • W.A.Mozart: Zauberflöten-Duette for two flutes
  • A.Dvorak: String Quintet op.77 for two 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass
Friday, 10.05.2024
6:00 p.m.

Peterbühl Chapel | Völs am Schlern

  • J.Widmann: 2nd String Quartet „Choral-Quartett“
  • J.S.Bach: Suite imaginaire for various solo instruments
Friday, 10.05.2024 9:00 p.m.

Huberhof - Heustadl | Völs am Schlern

  • G.Mahler Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder  (Rückert-Lieder I)
  • W.A.Mozart Flute Quartet N.2 K.285 a  for flute, violin, viola and cello
  • G.Mahler Ich atmet einen linden Duft  (Rückert-Lieder II)
  • J.Brahms Piano Quartet N.3 op.60
  • A.Schönberg Entrückung from op.10  for soprano and string quartet
Saturday, 11.05.2024
10:30 a.m

Völser Weiher lake

  • C.Debussy Syrinx for solo flute
  • E.Schulhoff Concertino W75  for flute, viola and double bass
  • C.Ives The Unanswered Question  for trumpet, winds and string in collaboration with Musikkapelle Völs am Schlern
Saturday, 11.05.2024 12:00 noon

Edelansitz Zimmerlehen |  Obervöls

  • R.Strauss: Metamorphosen Av127  study for string septet
  • J.Strauss/A.Schönberg: Kaiserwalzer for string quartet, piano and harmonium
  • G.Mahler: Rückert-Lieder (I-V)
Saturday, 11.05.2024 9:00 p.m

Hotel Heubad | Völs am Schlern

  • A.Bruckner: Choral Works arr.for brass ensemble (Musikkapelle Völs am Schlern)
  • W.A.Mozart: Flute Quartet N.1 K.285 for flute, violin, viola and cello
  • A.Bruckner String Quintet WAB 112 for 2 violins, 2 violas and cello
Sunday, 12.05.2024
11:00 a.m.

Prösels Castel | Prösels

  • G.Petrassi: Dialogo Angelico per due Flauti for 2 flutes
  • W.A.Mozart: Horn Quintet K.407  for horn, violin, 2 violas and cello
  • E.Chausson: Chanson Perpétuelle for soprano and piano quintet
  • F.Mendelssohn: Octet op.20 for 4 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos
All concerts are free of charge!
Programme with artists
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A festival that even the participating artists might not forget about soon: Instead of the usual well-lit stages, concerts will be taking place in hay barns, chapels, wineries, castles and all this surrounded by a landscape, which couldn’t be any more different to the cultural metropolises of the continent. The setting is informal, audience and music are unusually close to each other. Everything is slightly smaller here, except for the impressive mountain ranges of the Dolomites around Völs am Schlern.

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