Special Event Day – Concert 3

Asian Youth Orchestra | Matthias Bamert


Sun, 27.08. | 18.30 | No. 17334

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

- Tickets priced at CHF 10 for children and students up to and including age 30 are available only by using the "best seat reservation" option

- 20% discount off three concerts on the Special Event Day – to be purchased by telephone or in writing.

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017



    Matthias Bamert  conductor
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 1 in D major

    of the Asian Youth Orchestra. For seven years, from 1991 to 1998, Bamert helmed the Festival in Lucerne, opening it up to a wider public and amazing with unusual thematic focuses, from “misunderstood music” to “whistling in the dark.” For his anniversary concert, and in keeping with this summer’s theme, he will conduct the First Symphony of Mahler. For it was with this symphony that Mahler not only set a piece of his autobiography to music – an unhappy love affair – but also found his musical identity: through the sounds of nature, folklike melodies, passages that echo klezmer, and, of course, through opulent, magnificently colorful orchestration. And his musical language is understood around the world, as the young musician of the Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra will prove: for them, Mahler’s art has long since become a piece of their own identity. 

    Asian Youth Orchestra


    In August 1990 the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), which was founded by Yehudi Menuhin and Richard Pontzious, gave its inaugural concert. The ensemble comprises some 110 first-rate talents between the ages of 17 and 27, who have undergone a demanding selection process; they come from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Every summer the AYO meets for a three-week rehearsal phase in Hong Kong before going on tour. It partners with such top-ranking soloists as  Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Alisa Weilerstein, Gidon Kremer, and Gil Shaham. In the summer of 2017 Principal Conductors James Judd, Richard Pontzious, and Matthias Bamert will lead the tour, which includes stops in China, Japan, the United States, and 12 European cities. The AYO received the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2010 and the Nikkei Asia Prize in 2015.

    July 2017

    Matthias Bamert

    Matthias Bamert, who was Intendant of the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern from 1992 to 1998, celebrated his 75th birthday in July. He began his conducting career in the United States with such ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra; from 1977 to 1983 led the Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra. He helmed the Musica Nova Festival in Glasgow from 1985 to 1990 and was Music Director of the London Mozart Player from 1993 to 2000; subsequent leadership positions have been with the West Australian Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Bamert has guest conducted the major orchestras in London; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Pittsburgh, Montreal, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras; the Orchestre de Paris; and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In 2017 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea. His artistic work is documented on more than 80 multiple-award-winning CDs.

    July 2017

    Package descount for the Special Event Day! 

    When you purchase a minimum of three different Special Event Day concerts, you will receive a discount of 20% on each ticket. You can purchase this package discount by telephone or in writing. All information can be found on the order form.