Ensemble Libro I

Sabine Stoffer, baroque violin & Alex McCartney, theorbo
(photo: Alex McCartney)


‘They revel in the violin’s power to simulate the human voice, a power that Stoffer raises to ecstatic heights. In slow movements, she leans lightly on long-held notes to make them moan and sigh or ululate with vibrato; on low, grainy notes, her violin growls; and she dashes and skitters through compressed flurries of virtuosic figures. Meanwhile, McCartney virtually shreds his accompaniments with fervent plucking and percussive strumming.’ (The New Yorker, 13th of June 2018)



Ensemble Otium

Sabine Stoffer, baroque violin
Pierre-Augustin Lay, baroque cello
(photo: Marco Finsterwald)


The Latin word otium means leisure, a creative space, the time of ease and peace dedicates to serene studies – a thought that has inspired us and given its name to the Ensemble Otium. The musicians Sabine Stoffer (baroque violin) and Pierre – Augustin Lay (baroque cello) are the core of the ensemble and invite musician friends to join them for working in depth and tranquillity on different programmes.

Otium I with music of the Seicento has seen the collaboration with harpist Vera Schnider and the violone player Fred Uhlig. For Otium II they joined forces in a classical programme with the viola player Marie Legendre and Otium III is a co-production with the Ensemble Libro Primo, in which Sabine otherwise plays in a duo with lutenist Alex McCartney. All musicians are specialists in Historical Performance Practice.


Ensemble Il Quadrifoglio

Alice Borciani, soprano
Sabine Stoffer, violin
Maria Ferré, theorbo
Magdalena Hasibeder, harpsichord/ organ

(photo: Martin Rainer)


The Poker Club Band

IMG_3763 James Graham, voice
Sabine Stoffer, violin
Pierre-Augustin Lay, cello
Masako Art, harp
Edin Karamazov, guitar
(photo: Sven Schwannberger)


Dance macabre

concept and idea: Tanja Skok, Sabine Stoffer
choreography and dance: Tanja Skok
baroque violin: Sabine Stoffer
(photo: Marco Finsterwald)