The Kantor in France and Hungary

The Kantor in France and Hungary


Akiko Suwanai, violino


When & where

Wednesday 4 September, 8.30 pm*
Leggiuno, Hermitage S. Caterina del Sasso

*Partenza battello alle ore 20 dall’imbarcadero di Stresa                   

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J.S. BACH, Sonata no. 1, Partita no. 3
A. JOLIVET, Incantation
B. BARTÓK, Sonata for violin solo

Akiko Suwanai is one of today’s most authoritative violinists. Her Stresa Festival program includes two of Bach’s concerts for solo violin, on 4 and 6 September in the series entitled Bach, our contemporary. This offers an intriguing comparison between one of the masterpieces of violin music of all times – Bach’s Sonata no. 1 and the Partite 1, 2, 3 – and some equally convincing 20th century compositions. The first evening’s concert puts Bartok’s well-known Sonata next to André Jolivet’s Incantation. The second evening will give us a Sonata by Ervin Schuloff, a Czech composer who was a victim of the Holocaust, paired with l’Etude3 by the Argentinian Astor Piazzolla.
Both concerts are scheduled in the breath-taking cliffside setting of the Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso, an exclusive treasure opened specially for the occasion – ideal for meditating on the enjoyment of the two evenings.

This concert is part of the thematic area Bach, our contemporary.



€ 50 no sector / seats not numbered

Under 26:
Music P@ss € 10 per person
Company P@ss € 5 per person (4 friends or more)


Boat departure at 8.00 pm from Stresa Pier. Return fare included in the price.



This concert is part of the subscription Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso (2 concerts): € 80




Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso - Leggiuno

The Hermitage Santa Caterina del Sasso is located in Leggiuno and is a property of the Varese province. Situated on a rock rising straight from the deep waters of Lake Maggiore, the Hermitage is a spectacular monastery built starting from 13th century.

It is reached for the concert thanks to a boat organized on the occasion by the Festival, leaving Stresa main pier.

From the Santa Caterina pier you can only reach the Hermitage by climbing an 80-steps staircase.

You can otherwise reach Leggiuno by car and the Hermitage with a comfortable lift carved into the rock.


Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso

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