GAIA Chamber Music Festival
The GAIA Chamber Music Festival founded by the violinist Gwendolyn Masin is described as one of the most important festivals in Switzerland. The festival is hosted in Thun, usually in the month of May.
The GAIA Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2006, and hosted near Stuttgart, where it was rewarded by two consecutive years of highly-praised programmes and sold-out halls. The Festival was honoured with the Göppinger Kulturpreis for its outstanding impact on the cultural landscape. In 2009, the Festival made its debut in Thun.
Each year, artists from all over the globe spend just over a week living and working together in Thun. The invitees, reflecting GAIA's objectives, have contributed to the world of arts in unusual and exciting ways. So far more than fifty artists have performed at the GAIA Festival.
Violin: Gabriel Adorján, Florian Bachofer, Hovhannes Baghdasaryan, Sandrine Cantoreggi, Yun-Jin Cho, Anke Dill, Daniel Garlitsky, Philippe Graffin, Barbara Gruszczynska, Wonji Kim, Gwendolyn Masin, Lena Neudauer, Laura Oomens, Igor Ozim, Emi Ohi Resnick, Ioana Petcu-Colan, Rahel Rilling, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Sono Tokuda
Violoncello: Dávid Adorján, Antoaneta Emanuilova, Christopher Franzius, Pavel Gomziakov, Frans Helmerson, Christopher Jepson, Guy Johnston, Gavriel Lipkind, Philippe Muller, Timora Rosler, Martti Rousi, Torleif Thedéen
Double Bass: Holger Michalski
Harp: Sarah Christ
Conductor: Gergely Madaras
Orchestra: Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic
Percussion: Matthias Eser
Each year, internationally-renowned performers and teachers coach young instrumentalists. During GAIA Masters, the most promising instrumentalist or chamber-music ensemble participating in the open Masterclasses will be chosen to return in the following year – as guest artist during the annual Chamber Music Festival.
Artistic director and founder of the GAIA Festival is virtuoso violinist Gwendolyn Masin.
- „Das letzte Konzert des Gaias schmeckte wie ein gutes Glas Wein“ — Thuner Tagblatt, 17.05.2011 
- „Alles verrückt macht der Mai“ — Thuner Tagblatt, 16.05.2011 
- „Kammermusik abseits bekannter Pfade“ — Berner Kulturagenda, 12.05.2011 
- „GAIA-Festival mit Gala“ — Berner Zeitung, 07.05.2011 
- „Kammermusik so schön wie aus dem Märchenbuch“ — Thuner Tagblatt, 11.05.2010 
- „Hommage an Brahms“ — Berner Zeitung, 08.05.2010 
- „Gaia — Musik in aller Intensität“ — Ensuite Kulturmagazin, 01.05.2010 
- “Born of chaos — matured to perfection” — Thuner Tagblatt, 18.05.2009