Symphony Concert 23

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | Gautier Capuçon

Vasks | Elgar

Sun, 03.09. | 18.30 | No. 17351

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 23

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | Gautier Capuçon

    Pēteris Vasks (*1946)
    Cantabile for string orchestra
    Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 85

    In the “summer of the woman” in 2016, she was one of the 11 female conductors who performed at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. For her concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Lithuanian Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who was born in 1986, garnered genuine hymns from the press. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung celebrated her “inspiring performance,” the Neue Luzerner Zeitung attested to her “charisma” and “magical mixes of sound,” and the Frankfurter Allgemeine praised her “energetic drive” and “fine sense of musical poetry.” As the Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the successor to such greats as Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons, Gražinytė-Tyla has ascended to the top league of podium stars. She now returns to Lucerne with her British orchestra to present the enchantingly beautiful Cantabile by the Baltic composer Pēteris Vasks and, with Elgar’s Cello Concerto (with the wonderful Gautier Capuçon as the soloist) and Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, works of delicious late Romanticism. 

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    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.

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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.

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    Gautier Capuçon

    Gautier Capuçon, who was born in 1981 in Chambéry (Rhône-Alpes), began playing cello at the age of five and later studied with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris before transferring to the master classes led by Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He won the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours André Navarra in Toulouse in 1999, the Nouveau Talent de l’Année Award at the Victoires de la Musique in 2001, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award  in 2004. Since then Gautier Capuçon has concertized regularly with the leading orchestras in Europe and the United States, working with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In the 2016-17 season he performed as a soloist with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics; the Chicago, London, and San Francisco Symphonies; and the Staatskapelle Dresden and Russian National Orchestra. In recent years he has additionally been a guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Gautier Capuçon devotes a major part of his artistic work to chamber music, performing together with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Lisa Batiashvili, Leonidas Kavakos, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet – as well as with his older brother, the violinist Renaud Capuçon. His regular piano partner is Frank Braley, with whom he has recorded the Beethoven sonatas, having also performed them together during the past season across Europe. Gautier Capuçon’s recordings have won the Diapason d’Or, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and four Echo Klassik Awards. He plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1701.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 18 March 2002 in the Brahms Double Concerto, which he performed with Renaud Capuçon and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Christoph-Mathias Mueller.

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