Founded in 1999, Sir András Schiff’s occasional chamber orchestra, Cappella Andrea Barca (CAB)*, will make its first appearances in Asia this month, giving a total of 13 performances across six cities in China, South Korea and Japan.
Primarily active as successful soloists and chamber musicians, the members of CAB were personally selected by Schiff to perform the complete Mozart Piano Concertos at Mozartwoche from 1999 to 2005. Since then, the orchestra has widened its repertoire and reach, and together, Sir András and the CAB have performed extensively in both Europe and the US.
Now in their 20th season, Sir András and his orchestra present all five Beethoven Piano Concertos, as well as Mozart Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, and Bach’s Ricercar a 6.
Sir András’ ambition has always been to present CAB in a way that allows the ensemble to prove themselves in soloist and chamber music formations, and with an emphasis on the human and personal elements. “There is no place for the egotist,” he has said. “This ensemble is based on friendship, understanding, equality and equal ideals – aesthetic, musical and human.”
The two-and-a-half-week tour also features a long-awaited return for Sir András himself, who, though he has appeared multiple times in Asia over the past few years, last performed in Hong Kong during the 2008 Festival.
CAB in Asia
30 & 31 October, NCPA Beijing
2 & 3 November, Shanghai Symphony Hall
5 November, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
7 & 8 November, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
9 & 10 November, Izumi Hall, Osaka
12 November, Seoul Arts Center
13 November, Incheon Culture and Arts Center, Seoul
15 & 16 November, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Organised in collaboration with Kajimoto.
* The name Cappella Andrea Barca is a play on Schiff’s own last name, which means boat in German, as Barca does in Italian. In a humorous pseudo-bio of the fictional Andrea Barca, he’s described as “a Florentine composer … [who] would have been born between 1730 and 1735 in Marignolle, near Florence, to peasant parents” who at one time worked as a page turner for Mozart.