Having graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris, Benoît de Barsony first joined the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France in September 2005 and later the Orchestre de Paris in 2006, where he has worked under Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Daniel Harding and Klaus Mäkelä, among others. He also plays in large orchestras, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

As a passionate chamber musician, he is a frequent performer at festivals and has performed as a soloist at the Salle Pleyel and with Philharmonie de Paris, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra at the Rheingau Music Festival.

Benoît de Barsony is a well-known professor and has taught for two years at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon and holds regular master classes in Europe and in Asia. He has recently been appointed Professor of French Horn at the Haute École de Musique de Genève (HEM). In September 2021 he was invited to be a jury member of the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

It sounds antique, it has an ancient name and a patinated surface – but is it old? While Ottorino Respighi and Alfred Schnittke’s series resonate with the glories of early Baroque, Anna Clyne’s Rest These Hands brings about goosebumps with sounds from beyond history. The concert takes listeners on a journey into a past that may never have existed. The programme culminates in the performance of the youngest performer of the Naantali Music Festival of all times, violinist Lilja Haatainen, who is only 12 years old but has already won her share of international competitions.



In the concert Schubertiade we’ll hear the most beloved works of Franz Schubert performed by soprano Helena Juntunen and pianists Barry Douglas and Paavali Jumppanen.



Four of the concert’s enduring favourites tell stories of life and death. While Mozart’s quartet rings with uninhibited joy, Johannes Brahms’s trio, composed in memory of his mother, is an ethereal picture of beautiful memories. Jörg Widmann’s Jagdquartett, one of the most performed pieces of our time, takes us on a terrifying hunting trip from which there is only one way out.

All the darkness in the world is not enough to extinguish the light of a single candle, and without shadows there would be no light. Sebastian Fagerlund’s dramatic Transient Light and Ralf Gothóni’s melodrama, based on a Zen Buddhist story, bring us face to face with age-old questions. Paavali Jumppanen performs Franz Liszt’s most iconic piano work, the Piano Sonata in B minor, which reaches from darkness to light.

In Naantali, the annual cycle does not follow familiar paths. Uneven rhythms and fiery pace take over Sebastian Fagerlund’s Octet and Astor Piazzolla’s Winter, while Vernon Duke takes a Broadway bathed in light to a Paris in spring. Experimental music master George Crumb’s haunting Music for a Summer Evening resonates with every listener.

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