“Borders don’t matter on stage”

Gerald Karni. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

Student portrait Gerald Karni

Another profession than music? That’s not an option for viola student Gerald Karni. Besides his music studies he performs on the world’s big stages with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.


Giulia Adagazza: What are your current projects?
Gerald Karni: At the moment I am very versatile, performing as a soloist, in a quartet and in an orchestra. In November I toured the USA with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the next tour will take us to South America and Europe. The special thing about this orchestra is that it consists of Israeli and Arab musicians. Thus it sets a sign for peaceful solutions in the Middle East conflict.

When was the last time you reached your personal limits?
Last year I was able to take part in a Donizetti opera production for Zurich Opera Society. I didn’t play in the orchestra pit, but stood on stage. It was challenging to reconcile performing music and acting with costumes and masks. On stage, however, such borders no longer play a role, and my thoughts are completely focused on the music.

Giulia Adagazza was a project manager at ZHdK University Communications. Sitting in the audience at the Falling Walls Lab competition in Zurich, she kept her fingers crossed for the Project Circleg.
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