16 November - 24 November 2013
To conclude our jubilee year, LUCERNE FESTIVAL is once again popping open the champagne. Seldom has this late-autumn summit meeting of keyboard artists been so star studded. The incomparable Evgeny Kissin, who opens the Piano Festival with a recital, will give two concerts. Just a few days after the opening, he will perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. His Russian compatriot Grigory Sokolov, who recently thrilled Lucerne audiences in 2010 with his congenial Brahms and Schumann performances, also makes a highly anticipated return.
The piano scene is no longer limited to specific national styles such as the German, Russian, or French schools but mirrors the globalization of today’s world – and performance styles have benefited as a result. The Turkish pianist Fazil Say, for example, gives us an utterly new take on the “alla turca” pieces of Mozart and Haydn, while the Venezuelan Gabriela Montero turns to improvisation as a central element of her recitals. Both artists will be our guests in November 2013. And the Japanese pianist Momo Kodama offers a wide range from Bach through Debussy to new etudes by Toshio Hosokawa.
We also have the honor of presenting two well-established masters of the pianistic realm: Murray Perahia will join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to perform works by Mozart and Haydn, and Maurizio Pollini will give the concluding recital. And of course LUCERNE FESTIVAL at the Piano also showcases the young generation: Lise de la Salle shares her insights into Chopin, and Kirill Gerstein, who was born in 2010 in Voronezh and is a winner of the acclaimed Gilmore Award, will perform in a solo matinee. We also present three debut concerts for which we have invited the Ukrainian Alexej Gorlatch, the Armenian Nareh Arghamanyan, and French pianist Adam Laloum.