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La Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Villa "La Torraccia"

"La musica è un atto di amore verso l'umanità: l'ho imparato dai quartetti di Beethoven e mi sono impegnato a farlo capire a tutti." – Piero Farulli


Debut Concert of the Ensemble D’Accordo

March 22, 2020, 7:00pm

Sankt Anna Chapel, St. Annagasse 11, 8001 Zurich


Concert Programme

  • Paul Hindemith – «Trauermusik» for Viola and Strings
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Octet op. 20 in Eb major
  • – Break –
  • Anton Webern – "Langsamer Satz" for Strings
  • Gustav Mahler – "Rückert–Lieder" in the version of Stefan Heucke
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – String Symphony No. 2 in D major


  • Ensemble D’Accordo!
  • Diemut Poppen, Viola, artistic direction
  • Madeleine Merz, mezzosoprano
  • Gregory Ahss, concert master
More Information

The aim of the D’Accordo project! is to pass on the musicianship and mentality of two important musicians, Claudio Abbado and Piero Farulli, and their ideas of "fare musica insieme" and "Musica per Tutti" to a young generation of musicians.

Piero Farulli, violist of the legendary "Quartetto Italiano", founded his music school, the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, in 1974 with the support of Claudio Abbado from a deeply humanistic notion of the importance of music and making music together. The "fare musica insieme" was understood by both musicians to mean the development of a community, in which the effects of music can also promote social interaction and human cohesion. "Musica per Tutti" follows the conviction that music - as an expression of love for people - should be made accessible to all people. The passing on of the self-experienced is recognized and promoted as an ethical ideal.

The international ensemble d'Accordo! was created to carry these ideas on through his musical work. Founded in 2019, it consists of students and alumni from Swiss music academies, especially the Zurich University of the Arts, and will be supplemented by students from the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in summer 2020. The artistic director is the renowned violist Diemut Poppen.

The D’Accordo project! was created in cooperation with the ZHdK and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. In 2020 there will be two concerts in Zurich (March 22nd, Sankt Anna Chapel, March 23rd, ZHdK.) In June there will be a project week at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole followed by joint concerts in Italy. The soloist is the important singer Sara Mingardo.

According to the tradition of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, all musicians forego most of their fees. The ensemble plays in the sense of "Musica per Tutti" in social concert series without admission. The students pass on their experiences to their younger colleagues.

Diemut Poppen, artistic director and viola, is one of the most outstanding violists of her generation. As a soloist, she gave concerts early on an international level with conductors such as Heinz Holliger and Claudio Abbado. Under her own direction she played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra Mozart, Orquestra Gulbenkian. Musically, she was influenced a.o. by Sandor Vegh and Claudio Abbado - in all the orchestras he founded she played the viola as principal, most recently in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Diemut Poppen was awarded the European Business Culture Award. She directs the Rigi Music Festival (CH) chamber music festival and the Cantabile Festival (Lisbon). In addition to her concert career, she pursues an educational career. She is currently a professor at the ZHdK Zurich, the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (D) and the Escuela de musica Reina Sofia (Madrid). The Queen of Spain awarded her the silver medal for music.

The D’Accordo project! is an initiative of the Association of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. We look forward to your donation or membership in our association. With your help, you contribute to giving our initiative a stable basis and guaranteeing a long-term development.

We also invite you to the 2nd concert on March 23. 2020 at 7:30pm at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Grosser Saal. Toni Areal Ebene 7, Zurich