Symphony Concert 8

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | CBSO Youth Chorus | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | Piotr Anderszewski

Barber | Bartók | Holst

Mon, 24.08. | 19.30 | No. 20321

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Tickets as from Mon, 23 March 2020 | 12.00 (UTC + 1)


Summer Festival

14.08.-13.09. 2020

 

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    Symphony Concert 8

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | CBSO Youth Chorus | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | Piotr Anderszewski

    CBSO Youth Chorus  
    Samuel Barber (1910–1981)
    Adagio for Strings
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3, Sz. 119
    Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
    The Planets, Op. 32

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1920, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) was introduced to the public with a concert conducted by the composer Edward Elgar. Such chief conductors as Adrian Boult, George Weldon, Andrzej Panufnik, and Louis Frémaux built up the orchestra’s profile, but it was especially Simon Rattle who led the CBSO to become a first-class international ensemble during his 18-year tenure (1980–98), enhancing its worldwide reputation. He was succeeded in the office of Music Director by the Finn Sakari Oramo (1998–2008) and the Latvian Andris Nelsons (2008–15); taking the reins in 2016, the young Lithuanian Maestra Mirga Gražinytė-
    Tyla became the first woman to helm the CBSO. In the 2018-19 season, she will lead the orchestra in “The Baltic Way,” a project of 23 concerts featuring Baltic music to mark the centennial of the founding of the Baltic states. Kazuki Yamada will take up his position as the new Principal Guest Conductor, and Gidon Kremer will perform as artist-in-residence. The CBSO gives about 150 concerts annually. In addition to its classical programs, it presents the popular Friday Night Classics series, with excursions into film and pop music, as well as a comprehensive educational and performance program which the musicians offer in socially disadvantaged areas. Also included within the CBSO family are six choruses; the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which gathers the best young musicians from the East and West Midlands; and a large number of chamber ensembles. The CBSO is a regular guest at the BBC Proms in London and at the Aldeburgh Festival; as part of its current European tour, it will also perform at the Edinburgh Festival. The orchestra, which won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in 2011, has released more than 200 recordings, many of which have won prestigious awards.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 8 September 1996 in works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Tippett, and Haydn under Simon Rattle.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: www.cbso.co.uk

    July 2018

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    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who was born in 1986 to a Latvian musical family, initially trained in choral conducting at the Čiurlionis Art School in her native Vilnius before also studying orchestral conducting in Graz and Bologna, at the Leipzig Academy of Music with Ulrich Windfuhr, and at the University of the Arts in Zurich with Johannes Schläfli. Following a master class with Kurt Masur, the maestro engaged her as his assistant at the Orchestre de Paris. In 2011 she was appointed Kapellmeisterin at the Theater Heidelberg, and in the 2013-14 season she served as First Kapellmeisterin at the Concert Theater in Bern. International recognition came when Gražinytė-Tyla won the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2012. The Salzburg Landestheater thereupon immediately named her Music Director, which position she held until the summer of 2017. During this time she also began her partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she was initially engaged as Assistant Conductor and then, in the 2016-17 season, as Associate Conductor; in the coming fall she will conduct Mahler’s Fourth Symphony there. Since September 2016 Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has served as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – thus succeeding such renowned colleagues as Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. Since 2013 she has enjoyed a close association with the Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer, which has led to such projects as an “Hommage à Mieczysław Weinberg” with two concerts at the Wiener Festwochen and at the Musikverein in Vienna along with a recording of Weinberg’s music. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has appeared as a guest conductor with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the RSO Wien, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and, in the United States, with the Seattle and San Diego Symphony Orchestras. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2016 as part of the “PrimaDonna” Special Event Day, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Šerkšnytė’s De profundis and Beethoven’s Pastoral.

    June 2017

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    Piotr Anderszewski

    Piotr Anderszewski, who was born in 1969 in Warsaw, comes from a Polish-Hungarian family. He began taking his first piano lessons at the age of six; later, he studied at the Chopin Academy in his native city, at the Strasbourg and Lyon Conservatories, and at the University of Southern California. He found important artistic inspiration in courses with Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, and Leon Fleisher. With his debut at Wigmore Hall in London in 1991, Anderszewski launched his international career, which has taken him to all of the leading international concert halls and to such orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. His schedule for the 2018-19 season includes performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; additionally, he is artist-in-residence with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. He will give recitals at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, as well as in Munich, New York, and San Francisco, and he also tours Europe with the Belcea Quartet. Anderszewski has received numerous distinctions for his recordings, including the Gramophone Award, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and the BBC Music Magazine Award. His most recent release, which appeared at the beginning of 2018, is an account of Mozart concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The Canadian director Bruno Monsaingeon has filmed several documentaries about Anderszewski; in 2016 Anderszewski himself directed the film Je m’appelle Varsovie, which centers around his hometown Warsaw. Piotr Anderszewski is a recipient of the Szymanowski Prize and the Gilmore Artist Award; he was awarded the Polonia Restituta Medal in 2015.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 September 2001 playing works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Karol Szymanowski.

    October 2018

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