Cosmos Boulez 1 ─ CANCELLED

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Lin Liao

Boulez | Colţea | Amarouch

Sat, 22.08. | 11.00 | No. 20701

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Cosmos Boulez 1 ─ CANCELLED

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Lin Liao

    Lin Liao  conductor
    Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)
    Polyphonie X for 18 instruments (two performances)
    Victor Colţea (*1986)
    new work for ensemble
    world premiere | commissioned by LUCERNE FESTIVAL
    Samir Amarouch (*1991)
    new work for ensemble
    world premiere | commissioned by LUCERNE FESTIVAL

    This work has almost become a myth. The fragmented sounds of Polyphony X, in which rigid serial thinking is applied to all the parameters, provoked a veritable scandal at the 1951 Donaueschingen Festival and abruptly catapulted Pierre Boulez, then 26, to the top of the musical avant-garde. But shortly afterward he removed this fascinatingly radical experiment in serial composition from his official catalogue, since he felt it was fraught with too much theory. The score never appeared in print; the recording of the premiere has hitherto been the work’s only evidence. Almost 70 years later, Polyphonie X is now for the first time being performed again – actually, twice, because this complex work demands repeated listening. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY thus launches the Cosmos Boulez series, which will run for several years. The series will rediscover important works by Boulez that the Academy’s founder withdrew during his lifetime. And it will allow these pieces to enter into a revealing dialogue with other works by Boulez, as well as with music by the younger generation of composers.


    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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    Lin Liao

    The Taiwanese conductor Lin Liao studied composition and piano at the National University of the Arts in Taipei and conducting at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Pierre Boulez was an important mentor, and she took his master class in conducting as part of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in 2007; he then chose her to co-conduct Stockhausen’s GRUPPEN. Lin Liao also became acquainted at that time with Peter Eötvös, who subsequently engaged her as his assistant for concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, additionally inviting her to the Holland Festival in 2009. Contemporary music is a focus of her work, whether as Chief Conductor of the Ensemble Laboratorium or as a guest conductor with the Ensemble Modern, the Collegium Novum Zürich, the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and the Ensemble Aventure, as well as at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the ManiFeste in Paris, and the Klangspuren Schwaz. As First Kapellmeisterin at the Schleswig-Holstein Landestheater, Lin Liao has moreover developed a wide-ranging music theater repertoire. Operatic credits include the Chemnitz Opera House, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the municipal theaters of Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, where she has conducted such works as d’Albert’s Tiefland, Mozart’s Entführung, and Verdi’s La traviata. She also feels a commitment to Taiwanese composers and led the world premiere of Chang-Fa Yiu’s opera The Peach Blossom Fan at the National Theater of Taipei with an ensemble of Peking Opera players and a Western symphony orchestra. In the concert hall, Lin Liao has led the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. She has been involved in several educational projects with the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 1 September 2007, as one of the three conductors for a performance of Stockhausen’s GRUPPEN with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

    July 2018


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