Special Event Day – Museum Concert 4

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Frédérique Cambreling

Bartók | Holliger | Veress

Sun, 27.08. | 15.00 | No. 17452

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert

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




    Special Event Day – Museum Concert 4

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Frédérique Cambreling

    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Selected Duos for two violins
    Heinz Holliger (*1939)
    Partita for harp
    world premiere
    Sándor Veress (1813–1992)
    Diptychon for wind quintet 

    In 1905 Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály went on the road together in order to systematically research the folk music of southeastern Europe. They made their way to secluded regions and had old peasant women sing them songs their grandmothers had sung and asked goatherds to play the flute and village musicians to play the fiddle. This archaic, unadulterated peasant music, which they heard and recorded in the process, served both composers as a way to renew the musical language and development of a specific identity: “from musical forces that have sprung up from the earth,” as Bartók put it. 
    The Special Event Day Museum Concerts will explore Bartók’s and Kodály’s revolution – and pose the question of what their contemporaries and the ensuing generation made of it. The Romanian George Enescu and the Frenchman Maurice Ravel, for instance, took up their innovations, while Sándor Veress (who was also the teacher of Heinz Holliger), György Ligeti, and György Kurtág initially carried them forward but ultimately freed themselves from the overwhelming influence of their early models. A wide variety of ensembles from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – from duo and string quartet to wind quintet, brass ensemble, and string orchestra – will present this musical excursion across the Balkans. The centerpiece is a longer concert featuring this summer’s two “artistes étoiles”: the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the cellist Jay Campbell, who will be joined on their program by the Russian pianist Polina Leschenko. Whoever is interested in knowing whether all of this is still of relevance for the young generation of composers can find answers at the opening Composer Seminar workshop concert.


    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.

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    Frédérique Cambreling

    The French harpist Frédérique Cambreling began her career with the Orchestre National de France and remained there from 1977 to 1986. Since 1993 she has been a member of the Ensemble intercontemporain, where she has been dedicated to working with leading composers to develop new expressive possibilities for her instrument. To this goal, composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Andreas Dohmen, Luis de Pablo, and Philippe Schoeller have written new works for her. Frédérique Cambreling has also collaborated as a soloist with the ensembles of  SWR, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Lyon. As a chamber musician, she is part of the Trio Salzedo, which she cofounded. From 2002 to 2011 she taught at the  Musikene Conservatory in San Sebastián in the Basque region of Spain; since then she has been a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

    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.