I am pleased to welcome the participants and guests to the II Moscow International Festival of Chamber Music “Window to Switzerland.” Every year the cultural exchange between our two countries becomes more intense. Russian and Swiss musicians of different styles often appear together at concerts. The ensemble of baroque music «TELEMANN CONSORT» and its artistic director, Valery Proshutinsky, annually invite the best Swiss artists to participate in their concerts, allowing the Moscow public to discover new names in the world of music. Olivier Cuendet, an outstanding Swiss conductor, has been successfully working for a long time with many Russian orchestras. His cooperation with the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre has already become a tradition and his numerous concerts with the “Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble” remain in the memory of the Russian public not only in Moscow but also in many Russian cities, from Rostov to Chelyabinsk. This is only a small part of a series of successful Russian-Swiss music projects. I am convinced that the festival “Window to Switzerland” is a very logical step in the development of musical collaboration between the two countries, motivated by the desire to raise it to a new level. The festival “Window to Switzerland” will provide the public with a unique opportunity to hear a variety of Swiss music of different styles and eras: ancient and folk music, works of classical and contemporary composers, folk and jazz performed by outstanding soloists and ensembles from Russia and Switzerland. I am sure that their joint performances will give a new impetus to creative cooperation and will contribute to the emergence of ideas for future Russian-Swiss projects. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the organizers, participants and sponsors of the festival and I sincerely wish them success, and the audience – an unforgettable experience.
Pierre Helg Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland in the Russian Federation
g Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland in the Russian Federation