LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Baldur Brönnimann | Valentine Michaud

Meierhans | Vassena | Bianchi

Sun, 23.08. | 11.00 | No. 20642

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Tickets as from Mon, 13 July 2020 | 12.00 (UTC + 2)


Life Is Live

14.08.-23.08. 2020

 

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    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Baldur Brönnimann | Valentine Michaud

    Baldur Brönnimann  conductor
    Barblina Meierhans
    new work
    world premiere
    Nadir Vassena (*1970)
    materia oscura for saxophone and ensemble
    Oscar Bianchi
    Contingency for ensemble

    The past few months have shown that our lives cannot be planned completely but are determined by things unforeseen and random. What is possible can also come to pass. In this connection, sociologists and philosophers like to speak of contingency. Oscar Bianchi has elevated such unpredictability – or, to put it in more positive terms, openness – to a productive principle: Sudden disturbances, unexpected twists, and sounds that cannot be precisely controlled characterize his large ensemble piece Contingency. Bianchi is one of three representatives of a new generation of Swiss composers whom you can encounter in this matinee concert – introduced by LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI from Switzerland and nearby countries. In her score written especially for this concert, Barblina Meierhans takes up the Festival theme “Life Is Live” and the experience of social distance: with spatial music in which a solo wind player interacts with the rest of the ensemble. And for Nadir Vassena’s materia oscura, saxophonist Valentine Michaud, winner of the 2020 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, joins the ensemble.

    With the friendly support of Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    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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    Valentine Michaud

    Die französische Saxophonistin Valentine Michaud wurde 1993 in Paris geboren und wuchs in Nantes auf. Den ersten Unterricht auf ihrem Instrument erhielt sie im Alter von acht Jahren bei Slava Kazykin. Mit sechzehn nahm sie dann das Studium bei Pierre-Stéphane Meugé an der Musikhochschule in Lausanne auf, seit 2015 studiert sie in der Meisterklasse von Lars Mlekusch an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Parallel dazu absolvierte Valentine Michaud auch noch den Studiengang der Musikwissenschaft an der Pariser Sorbonne, den sie 2013 als Bachelor abschloss; 2015 folgte der Master im Fach Musikpädagogik. Seit 2006 hat sie zahlreiche Wettbewerbe gewonnen, darunter 2016 die renommierte «Andrejs Jurjāns International Woodwind Competition» in Riga. Auch im Duo «Akmi» mit der litauischen Pianistin Akvilė Šileikaitė wurde sie mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Valentine Michaud interessiert sich besonders für spartenübergreifende Projekte: Gemeinsam mit einem Maler, zwei Tänzern und einem weiteren Saxophonisten kreierte sie die Performance Glitch, die im Juni 2016 am Zürcher Theater der Künste uraufgeführt wurde. Konzerte mit einem Repertoire vom Barock bis zur Moderne führten sie in die Gnessin-Akademie nach Moskau, ins Wiener Konzerthaus, in die Zürcher Tonhalle, die Opéra de Lausanne und die Philharmonie Odessa. 2017 tritt sie mit dem Mariinsky Orchestra unter Valery Gergiev, dem Orchestre des Continents unter Thierry Fischer und dem Lettischen Nationalorchester auf. Im Dezember 2016 wurde Valentine Michaud mit dem «Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes» ausgezeichnet. Besonders beeindruckt war die Jury davon, dass sie bei ihrem Vorspiel konsequent auf Originalwerke und zeitgenössische Musik u. a. von Stockhausen, Denissow und Albright setzte. Das heutige Debut ist neben dem Preisgeld von 25.000 CHF als Starthilfe für ihre internationale Karriere gedacht.

    Juni 2017

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