«Only through music can suffering be healed.»
DEFINITION ART THERAPY
NIC MAEDER (singer and guitarist with Swiss rock band Gotthard) was born in Lausanne but spent many years living in Australia. Music has been his companion for much of his life and is an important facet of his personality. In 2011, he joined the band Gotthard as lead singer and began touring in Switzerland and abroad. Since then, he has become a household name among rock fans.
“I saw the benefits of music therapy for myself when I worked with a group of disabled people for three years when I lived in Australia, and I was won over by the mission of the ART-THERAPIE Foundation and the enthusiasm of its staff and the art therapists I met during a visit to Zurich’s paediatric university hospital (Kispi). The positive effects of art therapy and its ability to help children in hospital recover are undeniable.“
© Michael Sonderegger
Ilva Eigus, born in Switzerland in 2007, is an exceptional talent. She took her first violin lessons at the age of three with Liana Tretiakova at the Zakhar Bron School of Music in Zurich, made her orchestral debut at the age of eight and has since performed with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In 2023, Ilva made her debut at the Zurich Tonhalle with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. She was also a Junior Soloist at the renowned Verbier Festival Summer Academy. Ilva is a repeated winner of the Swiss Youth Music Competition and has won numerous prizes in international competitions, including first prize at the 21st Nutcracker Competition in Moscow and second prize at the Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition in Lublin, Poland. Ilva is currently a pre-college student at the Royal Conservatory in Liège, Belgium, with Professor Marc Bouchkov, and is preparing for her baccalaureate at a German gymnasium. She has been inspired by Zakhar Bron, Augustin Dumay, Daniel Hope, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Janine Jansen, Michaela Martin, Priya Mitchell, Alexandra Soumm, Ingolf Turban and Maxim Vengerov. Ilva plays a 1707 Stradivarius Omobono, generously on loan from the Habisreutinger-Huggler-Coray Stradivarius Foundation.
«What can I do to get involved in a good cause? – a question that preoccupied me as a young violinist. I’ve always been convinced of the positive impact of music and art in general. It’s so important for everyone to have the opportunity to express themselves, to create, to listen and to pay attention. That’s why I’m all the happier to have become an ambassador for the ART-THERAPIE Foundation and to see how the lives of children and young people in difficulty are enriched by exposure to the fascinating world of art.»
© Ilva Eigus
© Julia Wesely
© Holger Hage & Deutsche Grammophon