...classical music innovator


"An icon of new directions in classical music."

Viva Musica magazine, Brazil, 2015


"Abelin is a European pioneer, forging new paths forward in exciting, fresh musical formats.“

Jennifer Dautermann, Director classical:Next Conference, 2014




...performance reviews


"Swiss violonist Etienne Abelin dazzled in the elaborate ornamentation of Arcangelo Corelli´s Sonata Nº3 in C major. His superb sense of rhythm and his astute articulation allowed the music to breathe and its specific gestures to express themselves." (San Antonio Express News, San Antonio, USA)



"Violinist Etienne Abelin turned out to be a truly amazing musician who presented himself with Franz Schubert's Rondo A-major (D 438) as a breathtaking poet. His unaffected playing was characterized by the sort of intelligence and calm that polished the musical rhetoric even in extreme tempi. Simply everything was in place: the immediacy, the melodic line, the velvety glow of his sound, the compelling nature of the musical lines of tension - an artist who one looks forward to meeting again soon." (Der Bund, Bern, Switzerland)


"It was magical."

(Nomad Superior Magazine, Amsterdam, Netherlands on Etienne's Concertgebouw Amsterdam Debut)


"One rarely heard Vivaldi's "Winter" so lively and exciting."

(Wochenblatt, Laufen, Switzerland)


"Really outstanding was violinist Etienne Abelin."

(Badische Zeitung, Lörrach, Germany)


"Maestro Abelin appeared on stage in black jeans and a shirt in similar style, very much in line with his identity as an unconventional musician and conductor. His warm contact with the audience and the orchestra and the emotional interpretations of the pieces that he conducted by memory made for a singular musical feast." (Info Pleven, Pleven, Bulgaria)


"(...) on one hand as a sensitive Baroque violinist as one could hear in his interpretations full of wonderful phrasing- and sound details in the original compositions and on the other hand as a band leader without pretensions but with lots of temperament..."

(Der Bund, Bern, Switzerland, on a performance of Matteis Project - Baroque ReImagined)


"Etienne Abelin knows how to deal with instruments and genres and he has, as an extraordinary violinist who also performs in Claudio Abbado's Lucerne Festival Orchestra, gathered equally virtuoso colleagues." (Tagesanzeiger, Zürich, Switzerland on "A Clear View of Heaven" at Lucerne Festival)


"A number of early music specialists - outstanding: Etienne Abelin and Giuliano Carmignola - meet a pop singer and a rock band with lots of electro-power." (Deutschlandradio Kultur, Germany, on "A Clear View of Heaven" at Lucerne Festival)


"Abelin's excellent Baroque ensemble "The Matteis Project" and powerful guest-artist Giuliano Carmignola gave a clear answer. (...)" (Aargauer Zeitung, Switzerland, on "A Clear View of Heaven")


“Keine Anzüge und keine steifen Kragen. Wieso ist Klassik nicht immer so ungekünstelt echt, so zeitgemäss? Best of 2013!” (Tagesanzeiger Zürich, Switzerland, on “Ynight”)





„I can always fully support an application of his“

Claudio Abbado (full letter of recommendation on request)


„An excellent leader, who, apart from his outstanding musical qualities showed initiative and responsibility. I have no hesitation in recommending him.“

Pierre Boulez (full letter of recommendation on request)


„One of the most talented and versatile musicians I know.“

Renaud Capuçon, Violinist