Special Event Day – Opening

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Robyn Schulkowsky

Sun, 01.09. | 10.15

KKL Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Special Event Day – Opening

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Robyn Schulkowsky

    Robyn Schulkowsky  percussion

    This music will invoke an adventurous Special Event Day, with fanfares resounding in front of and from within the KKL Luzern, on the Europaplatz, and even from the roof terrace, the balustrades, and balconies. The American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, who has become an international sensation at gatherings of fellow musicians and open-air projects, has put together a sonic spectacular for this opening event. She will present it together with the young musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, who have a built-in weakness for unusual venues and ways of playing.


    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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    Robyn Schulkowsky

    The percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, who was born in South Dakota, received her training at the universities of Iowa and New Mexico (Albuquerque). She began her career in 1977 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Santa Fe before moving to Cologne in 1980 to study with Christoph Caskel. There she came into close contact with contemporary music, which has been a center of her activities ever since. Schulkowsky collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and Morton Feldman, among others, presenting their works on tours in Asia, the United States, and Africa. Her percussion quintet Glorious Percussion premiered Sofia Gubaidulina’s work of the same name. She has appeared at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Musikfest Berlin, and Holland Festival with her solo programs and with music by John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann, and Olga Neuwirth. Through her projects, Schulkowsky also seeks out encounters with artists from other genres, such as the African drummer Kofi Ghanaba, the painter and object artist Günther Uecker, the actress Edith Clever, and the choreographers Merce Cunningham and Sasha Waltz. In 1998 Schulkowsky founded the RhythmLab, through which she has given countless workshops to teach children, teenagers, and adults the rhythmic intensity of music. In 2005, together with the sound sculptor Lukas Kühne and the drummer Joey Baron, she introduced the Space and Frequency – RhythmLab, a sound sculpture at New York’s Grand Central Station. More than 20 recordings, including those with violist Kim Kashkashian and trumpeters Reinhold Friedrich and Nils Petter Molvaer, document Robyn Schulkowsky’s multifaceted art. Her most recent album, which she released with Joey Baron in 2018, is Now You Can Hear Me.

    August 2019

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