Late Night 3

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Alumni | Gregor A. Mayrhofer | soloists


Fri, 16410


Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Late Night 3

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Alumni | Gregor A. Mayrhofer | soloists

    Andrew Watts  countertenor
    Peter Plessas  sound design
    Daan Hazendonk  video
    Olga Neuwirth (*1968)
    Kloing! for retuned Bösendorfer-CEUS piano, live-pianist, video, audio-samples and earthquake-datas
    Hommage à Klaus Nomi. Chamber orchestra version
    He combined new wave and Baroque music, roamed freely across the gender divide, and generated excitement and provocation in equal measure with his eccentric costumes and flashy stage shows. The androgynous German countertenor Klaus Nomi, who died of AIDS far too young in 1983, promptly rose to stardom in New York’s underground scene in the 1970s and continues to enjoy cult status. Composer-in-residence Olga Neuwirth has created a musical monument to this idol of her youth by reworking nine of his songs – many of which were themselves cover versions of works by, for example, Henry Purcell. In Kloing! she meanwhile deconstructs the heroic image of the omnipotent virtuoso: the pianist not only alludes to the Welte-Mignon reproducing piano recordings of famous predecessors as well as to a crazed “Lisztiade” of the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry but also plays against his own instrument. In other words, the piano is “remote-controlled” by a computer, generating a veritable thunderstorm of keys – a tragicomic showdown between human and machine.


    It was in the summer of 2004, that Pierre Boulez and Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – thus establishing an educational campus devoted exclusively to new music. Every summer since then, some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all around the world are given the opportunity to study contemporary scores and modernist classics in detail through daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons and then to present their insights in performance. Serving as instructors are members of the Ensemble intercontemporain from Paris, one of the most renowned ensembles in the field of contemporary music. Besides the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, in which all of the students are consolidated, various additional ensembles join together to present their own concert programs. Individual artistic initiative is also encouraged, such as in the series titled LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min, LUCERNE FESTIVAL Lounge, and at the Buvette, in which Academy participants present projects they have developed on their own. It’s not only instrumentalists who benefit from the Academy’s praxis-oriented training – the institution is also a prime choice for conductors and composers. Each year offers a master class in conducting; in 2014 it will be led by Heinz Holliger, who will initiate participants into the secrets of the métier with works of Claude Debussy and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. In addition to that commissions are given to young composers. In the summer of 2014, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY presents a focus on vocal symphonic music with its performance of Luciano Berio’s Coro and is therefore expanding its training mandate to 40 highly talented young singers. Selected members of the newly formed LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Chorus will also have an opportunity to take a master class in voice with “artiste étoile” Barbara Hannigan.

    February 2014

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    Since its founding in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from all over the world have undergone the training offered by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Its graduates include such artists who have since gone on to achieve renown as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally established orchestras, perform in the area of chamber music, organize experimental projects, or teach at conservatories. Many of them remain closely connected to the Festival. Selected former Academy students regularly return as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to Lucerne. They enrich the programming with performances in the field of contemporary music, whether in the 40min series or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG, while additionally being on hand to offer help and advice for current Academy students. Supported through the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other to realize their own projects around the world. A unique international network of young musicians has thus emerged. For their first project, in the 2013-14 season, the Alumni presented four world premieres in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne related to the theme “Music at Risk.” Another “marathon of premieres” followed in 2016; in addition, an ensemble of Alumni appeared in the NY Phil Biennial led by Alan Gilbert to give the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward.” In the past year, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI performed on tour with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer in his project “The Big Wig.” Most recently, they gave two concerts in January 2018 in New York City, combining music by Frank Zappa with works of Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varèse, Olga Neuwirth, Tyshawn Sorey, and John Zorn.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s first performance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL was on 3 September 2014 with the “Music at Risk” project, presenting works by Dai Fujikura, Judd Greenstein, Jagoda Szmytka, and Ying Wang.

    February 2018

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    Gregor A. Mayrhofer

    Gregor A. Mayrhofer, who was born in 1987, studied composition, conducting, and ear training in his native Munich (with Jan Müller-Wieland), Paris (with Frédéric Durieux), and Düsseldorf (with Manfred Trojahn and Rüdiger Bohn), graduating from the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied conducting with Alan Gilbert. Other teachers who have influenced him artistically are Bernard Haitink, Fabio Luisi, Peter Eötvös, and James Ross. Since 2015 Mayrhofer has served as Assistant Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain, with which he debuted in May 2016 at the Paris Philharmonie (substituting on short notice for Pablo Heras-Casado); in 2017 he performed with the Ensemble at the Philharmonie in Cologne. His concerts as a conductor, pianist, and composer have taken him across Europe and to the United States and Russia, as well as to Opera Mauritius, where he conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2013 and Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers in 2015. Mayrhofer has collaborated with such ensembles as the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Munich Symphony, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. His works have been commissioned by the Bavarian Staatsoper and Staatsoper Hanover, Bavarian Radio, the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Scharoun Ensemble, and others. In 2013 he founded the NRW German National Academic Foundation Orchestra. Gregor A. Mayrhofer has garnered the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Tassilo Culture Prize, the Charles Schiff Conducting Award, and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and he received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and  Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 26 August 2016, conducting musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in a Late Night event featuring works by Olga Neuwirth.

    August 2017

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    Andrew Watts

    Der Countertenor Andrew Watts studierte an der Londoner Royal Academy of Music. Danach wurde er von Bühnen wie dem ROH Covent Garden, der English National Opera, der Berliner und der Bayerischen Staatsoper, dem Theater an der Wien und der Mailänder Scala eingeladen. Er interpretiert ein Repertoire, das vom Barock bis zu Uraufführungen von Olga Neuwirth (Bählamms Fest, Lost Highway), Harrison Birtwistle (The Last Supper, The Minotaur) oder Unsuk Chin (Alice in Wonderland) reicht. Im Konzertbereich hat Watts u. a. mit dem Los Angeles Philharmonic und dem Cleveland Orchestra, dem BBC Symphony Orchestra und dem Klangforum Wien zusammengearbeitet.

    August 2016

    Marino Formenti

     Der 1965 geborene italienische Pianist Marino Formenti konzipiert regelmässig Projekte, mit denen er die traditionelle Konzertform erweitert. In Nowhere lebte und spielte er mehrere Wochen in einem öffentlich zugänglichen Raum. Im Filmprojekt Schubert und Ich erarbeitete er Schubert-Lieder mit musikalischen Laien. Er trat bei den Festspielen in Salzburg, Edinburgh und Schleswig-Holstein auf, konzertierte in Europa, den USA und Japan und arbeitete mit dem Cleveland Orchestra und den Philharmonikern in New York, Los Angeles und München sowie mit Dirigenten wie Gustavo Dudamel, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen oder Franz Welser-Möst zusammen. 2009 erhielt er den Belmont-Preis.

    August 2016