The Swiss violinist begins the role for the 2025/26 season


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Camerata Zürich has announced the appointment of Esther Hoppe as its new artistic director for the 2025/26 season. The Swiss violinist will be taking over the position from Igor Karsko.

’I am very pleased to be appointed artistic director of the Camerata Zürich,’ said Hoppe. ’I admire Camerata Zürich for its artistic excellence and its commitment to always engage audiences in innovative ways.’

Previously concertmaster of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Hoppe performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Hoppe is a founding member of the Tecchler Trio and performers regularly at festivals including Gstaad, Lucerne, Edinburgh and Salzburg. She has also collaborated with cellists Christian Poltéra and Clemens Hagen, violist Veronika Hagen and the Auryn Quartett among others. 

Executive director of the Camerata Zürich, Gustavo de Freitas said: ’We are excited about the new directions Camerata Zürich will take under her artistic leadership.’

Hoppe studied in Basel, London, Zürich and at the Curtis Institute of Music. During her career, Hoppe has won several awards including first prize at the International Mozart Violin Competition in Salzburg in 2002 and at the International ARD-Competition in Munich in 2007 with her trio. Hoppe currently teaches at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. 

In September 2022, Hoppe released the complete works of J.S. Bach for solo violin. She has previously recorded works by Mozart, Stravinsky and Poulenc with pianist Alasdair Beatson for Claves Records.

Hoppe plays the ‘De Ahna’ Stradivari from 1722.

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