Late Night

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | soloists

van der Aa | Ligeti

Sat, 17329

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Late Night

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | soloists

    Martin Adámek  clarinet
    Michel van der Aa
    Hysteresis for clarinet, ensemble, and tape
    György Ligeti (1923–2006)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    Learn to fly with Patricia Kopatchinskaja: “Ligeti’s Violin Concerto is like a fantastic mosaic for me,” explains the violinist. “It’s made up of countless tiny pieces. When you put them all together the right way, then it becomes an UFO and suddenly begins to fly – it’s a crazy feeling!” The “tiny pieces” that get put together comprise folksong-like tunes, super-virtuosic challenges, and a wide spectrum of exotic timbres that are produced by ocarinas, natural horns, and microtonally “tuned” instruments. Added to these are the kinds of intricate polyrhythmic overlayerings that also give Ligeti’s Piano Concerto a sense of groove. Michel van der Aa meanwhile expands the sonority of his instruments in Hysteresis by using electronic means: the solo clarinetist confronts his own digital alter ego – with sounds he himself distorts and makes alien. Three masterful concertos spanning the late 20th and early 21st centuries in one Late Night event – the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY makes it possible. 


    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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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been regularly associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he re-
    gards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra national de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in February 2018 and with the London Symphony in June. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during the inaugural 2016-17 season. In this capacity, he performed there with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

    July 2018

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    Dimitri Vassilakis

    Der Pianist Dimitri Vassilakis, der 1967 in Athen geboren wurde, begann als Siebenjähriger mit dem Klavierspiel, das er später professionell bei Gérard Frémy, Monique Deschaussées und György Sebok am Pariser Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique studierte. Darüber hinaus nahm er an Meisterkursen von Vitaly Margulis, Alicia de Larrocha, Christian Zacharias, Maria Tipo und Leon Flei-sher teil. Seine Ausbildung schloss er mit Ersten Preisen in den Fächern Klavier, Kammermusik und Begleitung ab. 1992 wurde Vassilakis als Klaviersolist fest in das Ensemble intercontemporain verpflichtet: Im Rahmen dieses Engagements konnte er mit Komponisten wie Iannis Xenakis, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen und György Kurtág zusammenarbeiten. Doch sein Repertoire umfasst gleichermassen Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, dessen Goldberg-Variationen und Wohltemperiertes Klavier er auf CD eingespielt hat. Als Solist ist Dimitri Vassilakis regelmässiger Gast bei bedeutenden Festivals, ob in Salzburg oder Edinburgh, beim Maggio Musicale in Florenz oder beim Warschauer Herbst, beim Ottawa Chamber Music Festival oder bei den London Proms. Unter Leitung von Simon Rattle trat er in der Berliner Philharmonie auf; ausserdem gastierte er in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall, der Londoner Royal Festival Hall, im Amsterdamer Concertgebouw und am Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Insbesondere für das Schaffen von Pierre Boulez setzt sich Vassilakis engagiert ein: Er hat eine Gesamteinspielung von Boulez’ Klavierwerk vorgelegt und 1995 das Stück Incises zur Uraufführung gebracht. Für seine Aufnahme von Martin Matalons Le Scorpion mit den Percussions de Strasbourg erhielt er 2004 den «Grand Prix du Disque».

    Mit dem Ensemble intercontemporain ist Dimitri Vassilakis seit dem Jahr 2000 beim Luzerner Sommer-Festival zu Gast.

    August 2014

    Martin Adámek

    Der Klarinettist Martin Adámek wurde 1996 im slowakischen Partizánske geboren. Er begann seine musikalische Ausbildung an der Elementarschule von Malacky auf der Blockflöte und wechselte im Alter von neun Jahren zur Klarinette. 2010 wurde er an das Konservatorium von Bratislava aufgenommen, wo er in der Klasse von Peter Drlička studierte; anschliessend, ab 2014, vervollkommnete er seine Fertigkeiten an der Janáček-Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Brno. Praktische Erfahrungen sammelte Adámek schon früh im Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester und im European Union Youth Orchestra, wo er unter der Leitung von Dirigenten wie Philippe Jordan, Christoph Eschenbach und Vladimir Ashkenazy musizierte. Aus zahlreichen Wettbewerben ging Martin Adámek erfolgreich hervor: So gewann er 2013 in Italien den «Concorso Anemos» und den internationalen Klarinettenwettbewerb «Città de Carlino», 2014 siegte er dann bei der «Leoš Janáček International Competition» in der Tschechischen Republik. Als Solist konzertiert er seither regelmässig in Europa und Asien. In seiner slowakischen Heimat arbeitete er mit dem Cluster Ensemble, dem Veni Ensemble und der Veni Academy zusammen: drei Formationen, die sich auf die Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik spezialisiert haben. Martin Adámek hat bereits mehrere neue Werke uraufgeführt, darunter Kompositionen von Bruno Mantovani, Elliott Sharp und Iris Szeghy. Seit 2016 gehört er als Solo-Klarinettist dem Pariser Ensemble intercontemporain an. Dort war er zuletzt im Frühjahr 2017 mit einer «Hommage à Pierre Boulez» in der Pariser Philharmonie erleben, wirkte bei einem Portraitkonzert von Unsuk Chin in Köln mit und gastierte in Brüssel, Bordeaux und im neuen Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.

    April 2017

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is Lucerne’s 2017 Summer Festival “artiste étoile.” Born in 1977 in Chişinău in the Republic of Moldova, she comes from a musical family – her mother also plays violin and her father performs on the cimbalom. In 1989 the family emigrated to Vienna, where the 17-year-old Kopatchinskaja began her studies at the Music University; four years later she transferred to the University of the Arts in Bern, where she completed her studies with Igor Ozim. She became known in professional circles through her victory at the International Szeryng Competition (2000), and in 2002 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Today Patricia Kopatchinskaja works with leading orchestras and generates a buzz through her unusual, often radical performances. Equally at home in early music, the Romantic repertoire, and modern music, she is also an animated chamber musician and creates staged concerts. In the 2016-17 season she served as artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and at London’s Wigmore Hall. She performed Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s Second with the London Philharmonic; together with the Russian ensemble musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, she toured Europa, playing Berg and Mozart. In 2018 she will take on the role of  Music Director of the Ojai Festival in California. Kopatchinskaja’s recordings have won the Echo Klassik Award (2009 and 2013), the International Classical Music Award, the Prix Caecilia, and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year Award. Her most recent releases include the violin concertos of Schumann (conducted by Heinz Holliger) and Tchaikovsky (with Currentzis) as well as the album Death and the Maiden, featuring works by composers from Dowland to Kurtág.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2002 playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons.

    May 2017

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    The “Ligeti Package”

    Along with this event, if you purchase tickets to Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the Luzerner Theater you will receive a combined discount of 20%.
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