The Scotish Emeli Sandé is considered one of the most popular artists in the United Kingdom. She recently sang at the sold out O2 Arena in London in front of 20 000 spectators and impressed audiences at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2012 Emeli Sandé launched her first album “Our Version of Events”. It led the British charts for seven weeks and stayed in the top 10 for an incredible 63 weeks. That was a record – one previously held by the Beatles. The album sold approximately 4.6 million copies and received seven Platinum records. In addition, Sandé won at the Brit Awards. Sandé’s most well known song “Read All About It” went around the world. “Long Live the Angels”, Sandé’s second album, came out in 2016 and in September of this year the super star launched her single “Starlight” and some days ago only the EP “Kingdom Coming”. The Evening Standard wrote: “Her voice is like a gift from heaven.”
The Swiss music act for Art on Ice 2018 is Pegasus. The trio Noah Veraguth (vocals, guitars, piano), Gabriel Spahni (bass) and Stefan Brønner (drums) is currently the most successful pop band in Switzerland. Pegasus has already been awarded several times with Platinum and Gold as well as three Swiss Music Awards. Their new album is entitled “Beautiful Life”.
Coming from Chicago to Switzerland is a 15-year old girl who moved audiences to tears in the USA two years ago: Laura Bretan. Well-known experts prophesized that the young soprano would one day be more successful than Maria Callas was, the opera star of the 20th century.
Tina Guo, 32-years old, a native of China and brought up in the USA, is not influenced by the typical classical music: In close-cut onesie’s and with her E cello bellowing, her style includes metal interpretation, electronica and New Age. She gained notoriety as a member of composer Hans Zimmer’s band. The maestro had this to say about: “When she picks up her cello, the instrument becomes a sword.” At the start of 2017, Guo produced an album “Game On”. Her stage collaborators include symphony orchestras as well as the Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, Carlos Santana or Ariana Grande.
Evgeni Plushenko, the ice czar will be performing as an active figure skater for the last time in Switzerland. At Art on Ice 2018 you will have the opportunity to see Plushenko’s springs in action and close up for the last time. Evgeni Plushenko, 35-years old, won two gold medals and two silver medals at the Olympic Games. He was three-time world champion and won silver and bronze at the world championships. Furthermore, he brought home gold seven times and silver three times from the European Championships. That is a feat as no other figure skater before him.
Art on Ice without Stéphane Lambiel? As a matter of fact, one can hardly imagine it. The skater from Wallis will be a part of the ensemble for the 16th time in 2018 – appearing as the big crowd favorite. The two-time World Champion and silver medalist at the 2006 Olympics will certainly present us with never before seen chorography.
They had already risen to Olympic fame in their careers having won gold at the Olympic Games – the US American ice dance pair Meryl Davis & Charlie White and the Russian pair skating married couple Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov. The 2014 winners in Sochi are thrilled to be part of the Art on Ice ensemble in March 2018. The third pair which will enrich Art on Ice 2018 are the wonderful Aljona Savchenko & Bruno Massot. Aljona & Bruno won the silver medal at the Worlds 2017, the bronze medal at the Worlds 2016 and are the silver medalists of the Europeans 2017 and 2016. The duo has enormous potential and we all hope to have them in Switzerland with an Olympic medal.
We are pleased to also announce something very special for Art on Ice 2018 – a world premiere: In 2016 artists Karyna Konchakivska & Suren Bozyan thrilled audiences with their breathtaking number on the high wire. In 2017 ice dancers Nelli Zhiganshina & Alexander Gazsi mesmerized those watching with an adaptation of Karyna & Suren’s number. And now, in 2018, Karyna & Suren and Nelli & Alex will be performing together as a quartet in Art on Ice. They’ve been training for this program since mid-October.
We will be certainly adding to our line up in the coming weeks. News, photos, videos are regularly available on www.facebook.com/artonice.
The Art on Ice Show 2018 has been given a title: THE ORIGINAL. And it is all about art. What is art? Who is art? Inspired by this theme, Oliver Höner, Artistic Director of Art on Ice, tells the story of Wolfgang Beltracchi.
For years together with his wife Helene, the painter Wolfgang Beltracchi led the art market by the nose. The German painted in the style of the grand masters and signed his works with their signatures to bring them to the market place as previously unknown works of art. In 2010 his plan blew up and the regional court in Koln condemned Beltracchi to six and four years imprisonment. In TV talk shows following Beltracchi’s release, he stated that over a period of 40 years he infiltrated approximately 300 paintings. Of these, about 200 are still in circulation as undiscovered forgeries – including in museums and in private collections.
Today, free once again, the Beltracchi’s live in Switzerland. The shrewd art forger of modern times is still painting but this time around singing his own name to his works. For THE ORIGINAL, the Art on Ice Show 2018, works by Wolfgang Beltracchi will be used as stage backdrops. In March Art on Ice will show itself off as a world of art, as an exhibit of art from various periods.