Zaubersee — festival of Russian chamber music in Lucerne, is an annual springtime festival that celebrates Russian composers, writers and artists who, over the past two centuries, have found inspiration in the beauty of the Swiss lakes.
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leo Tolstoy and Alexander Scriabin all wrote on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Igor Stravinsky and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky discovered Lake Geneva as an idyllic haven for their work. Zaubersee features music by these giants, but also gems by many more.
The name of the festival comes from Anatoly Lyadov’s magical tone poem The Enchanted Lake. But it also emphasizes a programmatic choice, to dive deeper, past the famous and obvious Swan Lake and explore the lesser known treasures of the Russian repertoire.
Since 2012, outstanding young musicians like Tchaikovsky-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov and Latvian accordionist Ksenja Sidorova, as well as established musicians like violinists Viktoria Mullova and Maxim Vengerov have performed at Zaubersee in a variety of venues along Lake Lucerne, from the Jean Nouvel-designed KKL Luzern, to the historical Zeugheersaal of the Hotel Schweizerhof where many of these works were premiered, to the Villa St. Charles in Meggen, where audiences can experience the old world magic of world-class chamber music in the intimacy of a lakeside mansion.