Dear Friends of the Lauenen Chamber Concerts Association,

We are so happy that the Swiss authorities have relaxed rules so we can host this concert and party, it is the 19th edition following only one interruption in 2021 ! Welcome to this beautiful church of Lauenen and thank you for your presence !

The world will never be the same after what we just went through and I would like to take this opportunity to express in our common name our sympathy for all that have had a particularly difficult time, lost relatives and friends and those thrown in difficult health and living conditions. In particular, young people and performing musicians. It is therefore akin to a miracle that our Artistic Director Joji Hattori managed to gather a panel of extraordinary musicians, some that have played in Lauenen for us before, such as Sarah McElravy and Joji of course, or friends that will play for the first time such as Hélène Mercier, Julian Rachlin and Boris Andrianov. We are very grateful to all of them for their presence and music: the programme attached will show you that this year is a particularly exceptional one!

I would like to thank all of you for your presence at this event in compliance with the necessary procedures. Such an evening does require an enormous amount of energy and is really a joint family project: my gratitude goes to my darling wife Andrienne, to my sister-in-law Isabel and brother Leopold, as well as in particular to our all our children for making this evening a symphony of youth, energy and beauty and to my assistant Tamara for making this an organized event!!

I am proud of what this yearly concert and musical concept has achieved since the launch of the idea in 2002: music for music, devoid of commercial or career-related objective, allowing musicians to rehearse in quiet surroundings together for several days surrounded by calmness, love and friendship. You all have supported this by your presence and enthusiasm and are an integral part of its success, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now to the Music!

Etienne d’Arenberg for the LCCA