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News 04/16 –
ORIGIN, TedX and the Rebirth of Vinyl

Dear Reader

The past months have been a collection of some of the most intense, varied and nostalgic moments I've lived in recent years. This season challenged my skills as a musician, but also as a public speaker and educator.

When I accepted the invitation from TedX to be the keynote speaker in Bern, I made the decision to discuss an aspect of my life which I had not spoken about publicly, but one that affected aspects of my career. It had not been my initial intention to offer disclosure, but, as I conceived the speech and worked on it, I realized that I can describe best that which I have lived, and my experiences may, in turn, help or inspire others. I don't recall being as nervous for a performance as I was before taking the stage in Bern in October. I am humbled by the realization, time and again, that, as a musician, I am never done learning. 

Below are some of the highlights that have taken place in my musical life these past few months — from concerts in South Korea to performances on live radio, from the release of the 2016 GAIA Music Festival Film to the impending issue of ORIGIN on limited-edition vinyl (including a bonus piece: Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre") in the coming weeks. There's more to look forward to in the new year — solo and chamber music concerts and a digital, deluxe version of ORIGIN.

Happy December!




Nl4 Origin Vinyl 2 Gwendolyn Masin

ORIGIN – Now on Limited Edition Vinyl

Sometimes, one just has to indulge ... ORIGIN appears as a 180-gram Long Player and includes the release of a new arrangement of Camille Saint-Saëns "Danse Macabre". 

> get yours


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Gwendolyn's South Korean Concerts

A memento from Gwendolyn's tour in the Republic of Korea. This programme is from an evening concert that was held on 7 October 2016 in Daejeon's Arts Centre. It saw Gwendolyn lead the principals of Daejeon's Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven's Septet and Mendelssohn's Octet.


Nl4 Tedx Gwendolyn Masin

Snapshot from Tedx

Gwendolyn spoke and played at TedxBern. The talk thematized her perspectives and approach on body alignment and performing. She played two works from her album ORIGIN with her ensemble to a sold-out house.

> watch now


Nl4 Live Radio Roundtable Gwendolyn Masin

Live Radio Performance and Round Table Discussion

Gwendolyn joined mezzo soprano, Claude Eichenberger, and conductor and pianist, Graziella Contratto, in an event for Switzerland's SFR Radio. Held in Berne's National Theatre and met by an audience of 300, the musicians performed Strauss' Four Songs and discussed the impact of classical music on Berne and Bernese culture. The event was hosted by journalist Peter Brandenberger.

> listen to the Interview


Nl4 Video La Gitana Gwendolyn Masin

Gwendolyn plays Kreisler's La Gitana

From the album ORIGIN.

> watch the video


Nl4 Video Sarasate Gwendolyn Masin

Gwendolyn plays Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen

From the album ORIGIN.

> watch the video

GAIA Music Festival

Nl4 Gaia Film 2016 Ohne Pfeil Gwendolyn Masin

GAIA 2016 Film

Gwendolyn is founder and artistic director of the GAIA Music Festival. This year's eighth edition, entitled “Die Begegnung,” was a gathering of kindred spirits. Generations of musicians met, to connect past and present and to create singular and distinct experiences of music and its making. This film encapsulates some of those moments.

With Finghin Collins, Chiara Enderle, Péter Frankl, Jürg Frey, Vital Julian Frey, Maitiú Gaffney, Heidi Maria Glössner, Gwendolyn Masin,
Ronald Masin, Gina Maria McGuinness, Patrick Moriarty, Rosanne Philippens, Massimo Pinca, István Várdai, Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra, Dana Zemtsov.

> watch the film

Live Performances

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Live Performances of Pieces from ORIGIN – Part 2

Following its initial broadcast in May, Dutch TV's "Vrije Geluiden", in its "Exclusive Material" special in September, broadcast the third of three pieces from Gwendolyn's album ORIGIN, performed live.

> watch now