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Basel Sinfonietta was founded in 1980 by a group of young musicians. Their goal is to bring exciting new combinations of contemporary music and works, both familiar and unknown, to audiences who are open to unusual sounds and experimentation. With its unconventional, provocative approach, Basel Sinfonietta has gained a considerable international reputation as a large symphony orchestra. It is the only Swiss orchestra to be invited three times in a row to appear at the Salzburg Festival.
The Basel Sinfonietta has an important profile as a body of musicians taking their organizational, program and artistic decisions on the basis of democratic self-determination.
The orchestra manages itself. At the annual AGM the club members vote on important decisions. In addition, the orchestra elect its officers, which consists of a maximum of eleven persons. In close cooperation with the management developed and monitoring the strategic and financial matters of the Association Basel Sinfonietta.
Board of Directors: Thomas Nidecker, Franziska Mosimann, Christine Wagner, Wipke Eisele, Udo Schmitz, Sylvia Oelkrug, Georges Depierre, Barbara Weishaupt, & Bernd Schöpflin.
The Program Committee of the Basel Sinfonietta is responsible for the programming of the productions of the orchestra and consists mainly of musicians of the Basel Sinfonietta. Their their innovative and creative programs has been widely praised by both audiences and critics. The Program Committee is open to all members of the orchestra and also receives program proposals and suggestions from the outside.
Committee: Martina Albisetti, Cornelius Bauer, Regula Bernath, Georges Depierre, Ioana Gereb, Felix Heri, Martin Jaggi, Ulla Levens, Marc Kilchenmann, Benedikt Vonder Mühll, Thomas Nidecker, Eva Ruckstuhl, Regula Schädelin, David Sontòn Caflisch, Guido Stier, Stefan Thut, Ruth Wäffler, & Christine Wagner.
New projects & combinations
In recent years, the Basel Sinfonietta has profiled itself as an innovative and flexible orchestra with outstanding projects as Decasia, an environmental symphony with projections by New York composer Michael Gordon, or the commission of Oscar Edelstein (Argentina) to write Cristal Argento I, a work for the orchestra that used electronic processing to give the effect of the orchestra being inside a crystal of sound.
In its relatively short history, the Basel Sinfonietta has also carried out numerous performances with dancers, jazz musicians, cabaret performer and choral groups in addition to complex projects incorporating, for instance, silent movies and multimedia.
Invitations to festivals include Lucerne Festival, Biennale di Venezia, Musica Strasbourg, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, Festival d'Automne à Paris, and Klangspuren (Austria) complete the multifarious concert projects.