Our title only reveals half the truth: Dirigent Michael Hofstetter in bester Laune Michael Hofstetter conducts Mendelssohn's "Scottish Symphony". But before that, we go to France, with Saint-Saëns' ravishing Cello Concerto. Soloist: Petar Pejčić, Violoncello vor schwarzem Hintergrund Petar Pejčić


Michael Hofstetter dirigiert kraftvoll das Styriarte Festspiel-Orchester

Scotland is up in arms – against Brexit and England.

In his “Scottish Symphony”, the young Felix Mendelssohn recalled the courage of the Scots on the battlefield over the centuries. Maria Stuart and the rough sea also make an appearance, whipped up by maestro Michael Hofstetter. The opening of Saint-Saëns‘ Cello Concerto No.1 is likewise stormy, played by the young Serb Petar Pejčić, prize winner at the 2020 Pablo Casals International Award and at the International Anna Kull Cello Competition in Graz.


Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56, “Scottish”

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Radio broadcast: Sunday, November 21, 2021, 8.04 p.m., Radio Steiermark

Petar Pejčić


After his musical beginnings on the cello in Belgrade, Petar Pejčić moved to Germany at the age of 15 to continue his education at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. The young cellist is already a laureate of numerous national and international competitions and has given concerts and recitals from Russia to the USA.

Recreation - Das Orchester


Recreation is special in many ways: consisting of musicians whose nationalities range from Japan to Venezuela, most of the members received part of their training in Graz. After its formation in 2002, the collective played unique halls such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt and worked with outstanding conductors.

Michael Hofstetter


The Munich-born conductor, born in 1961, has been a very close friend of Styriarte since his highly acclaimed work as chief conductor of the Recreation Orchestra (2012 - 2016). His excellence in the historical practice of baroque and classical music as well as his inspiring enthusiasm on the podium are in demand on the world's great concert and opera stages.