Muriel Zeiter

Artist photo of Muriel Zeiter - Piano a.o.

Muriel Zeiter knows no musical limits. The terrain which the Swiss musician inhabits is not enclosed by any boundaries. She switches effortlessly between different instruments and different styles, embarking on playful musical adventures as well as meticulously prepared concert programs. Her keen curiosity always leads her into new realms.

Even as a child she played several instruments at the same time, a passion that continues to this day. After violin studies at the University of Music Lausanne, she gave priority to the piano and completed classical piano studies with Pierre Sublet at the Bern University of the Arts. In 2018 she graduated from the Swiss Jazz School, where she studied with Stewy von Wattenwyl.

Not only in terms of instruments does Zeiter have remarkably broad horizons; she is also involved in a wide variety of fields of activity. She plays in a jazz band, records film scores, teaches at the Bern Conservatory, composes music for documentaries, and appears as a frequent chamber music partner, song accompanist, and soloist.

If Muriel Zeiter and Fabian Bloch had lived 300 years ago, they would certainly have been musicians in a commedia dellʼarte troupe. With their spirited playing, talent for improvisation, elegance, and wonderful sonority, the Duo GIOVIVO could easily have enchanted the Duke of Mantua himself.

The Duoʼs concept is already found in the name GIOVIVO: to present music to the audience in a lively way and full of joy. In addition to their main instruments, the piano and euphonium, the two professional musicians draw on a smorgasbord of sound sources. Sometimes they make use of a wunderhorn or a melodica, but also more conventional instruments such as the violin, alphorn, or flute.

Zeiter and Bloch set themselves no limits musically, as they effortlessly juggle elements from classical music and jazz and incorporate improvisations and experiments into their programs. What comes out is music that is full of surprises and unexpected twists yet always seems very organic.

Their first CD album Serendipity, released by GENUIN classics, was enthusiastically received by critics. The Duo GIOVIVO performs concerts in Switzerland and throughout Europe.

Photo: Tobias Epp

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