As a child I wanted to be a hairdresser, ballet dancer, train driver, or a character of one of the books I read. Musician was never an option, although I played violin from the age of seven. That changed when I heard one of my classmates singing Schubert’s Erlkönig. I was struck by lightning: I wanted to sing. Years later, I came to Basel; my teacher, Verena Schweizer, has been a huge influence on me, as are artists I had the pleasure of working with: Graham Johnson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Hampson, Elisabeth Glauser, and Andrea Marcon, one of the first conductors to support me unconditionally. I love working in many genres; each one enriches the next.
Silke Gäng mezzo soprano
I grew up in Padova; later I moved to Basel, completed my studies at the Musikhochschule, and found myself, in this same city, doing full time what I most loved to do as a student: practise, rehearse, and have the continuous opportunity to learn and play new music. None of this would have been possible without Federica Righini, Riccardo Zadra and Filippo Gamba, who helped me grow as a pianist and as a person. More recently, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Ferenc Rados and Rainer Schmidt have all played a most important role in my development as a musician.
Marco Scilironi piano