As the former assistant to the creative director of the Konzerthaus Berlin and the interim director of DAVOS FESTIVAL, Hiromi Gut, founder and artistic director of guerillaclassics, is intimately familiar with the running of cultural institutions. Her experiences in these positions and her studies in economics and singing inform her decision to bring guerillaclassics to life. Since the project’s inception, Hiromi Gut has continuously expanded the pool of artists with a range of exciting musicians and performers.
Jakob Blumer studied economics and is an accomplished violinist. As company manager, his stoical manner and far-ranging experience with independent projects allows him to steer the ship that is guerillaclassics through the rough waters of the music industry — without foundering in the shallows of bureaucracy, the procuration of permissions, and the handling of different personalities. In addition, he manages musical talent for his agency blumer weiss.
A former member of staff of the Zurich Film Festival, Ron Orp, and Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Sandra Smolcic is responsible for curating the public presence of guerillaclassics. Sandra holds a degree in Art History and Roman Philology and has been working in the cultural field since she was a teenager. She supervises the website, the social media channels and also manages media contacts. Besides that she gives a glimpse into what’s happening before and after the concerts by producing behind-the-scenes videos and interviewing artists and collaborators.
Shanti Perpellini from Ticino isn’t only our stage manager, coordinating logistics and technics, sound systems and amplifier, and the transport and set-up of instruments. The Metal and Punkrock fan has also studied Musicology and Religious Studies at University of Basel and has been involved in the stage and event management at the most diverse festivals and institutions – such as Kammerorchester Basel, Opernhaus Zürich, argovia philharmonic and Jazz Festival Ascona.
Pascal Fröhlicher is an innovator, focusing on impact. He conceptualises and implements business models that optimise profit and purpose and is passionate about realising the potential of people. He co-founded and ran a company providing primary health care as well as a pioneering social start-up accelerator and impact investing company in South Africa. Currently he is involved as Faculty at Harvard Medical School and a member of WEF. Pascal was the driving force behind guerillaclassics’ South Africa tour, advising the team with his know-how and network.
Building bridges between different strains of cultural life has been one of the key interests of Severin Kolb. As head of the Joachim Raff Archive he enjoys the challenge of the multifaceted scientific work combined with the organisation of events. Currently, he works on his PhD – unsurprisingly about Joachim Raff. He writes programme notes for different orchestras (such as Tonhalle Zürich or Musikkollegium Winterthur), ensembles and other musical projects. He is the co-founder of the experimental electronic music project Quarantäne.