40min 2

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Jay Campbell | Michel van der Aa

“I Times Two: A Cello Concerto with Film”

Thu, 17.08.18.20

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    17.

    Aug

    Thursday
    18.20

    KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

    40min 2

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Jay Campbell | Michel van der Aa

    “I Times Two: A Cello Concerto with Film”

    Michel van der Aa
    Up-close for cello, string ensemble, and film

    A way to make classical music straightforward: When the workday is over but the evening has not quite begun – there’s time for music then. More exactly: for 40 minutes of music. Always at 18.20, before the “big event” symphony concerts, selected Festival artists are presented in the 40min series. Admission is free, there’s no dress code, and prior knowledge is unnecessary. For the artists not only make music but also take on the role of host and talk about what they’re playing and why they play it the way they do. Have a taste!

    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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    Jay Campbell

    The American cellist Jay Campbell is an “artiste étoile” of the 2017 Summer Festival. He was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California, and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. His repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. A significant part of his formation took place at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, which he attended in the summers of  2010 and 2011; he performed here as a soloist in Boulez’s Messagesquisse and Pli selon pli under the direction of the composer himself. Campbell received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016. In the same year he was engaged by the New York Philharmonic, with whom he made his debut in 2013, as curator of the Ligeti Forward series, which he designed together with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI for the NY Phil Biennial; as part of this series, he performed György Ligeti’s Cello Concerto under the direction of Alan Gilbert. Campbell has collaborated with such composers as Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, and Kaija Saariaho, as well as with many others from his own generation. John Zorn has written more than a dozen works for him, including The Aristos, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated score; it was included on the release Hen to Pan, listed as one of the New York Times’s Best Recordings of 2015. Jay Campbell has concertized at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, California; the Krannert Center in Illinois; the Marlboro Festival; Chamber Music Northwest; the Moab Music Festival; and the Heidelberger Frühling. He is a member of the JACK Quartet and the cellist of a new piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao.

    August 2017

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    Michel van der Aa

    Der Komponist und Regisseur Michel van der Aa, «composer-in-residence» beim Luzerner Sommer-Festival 2017, wurde 1970 im niederländischen Oss (Nord-Brabant) geboren. Am Königlichen Konservatorium von Den Haag liess er sich zunächst zum Toningenieur ausbilden, anschliessend studierte er Komposition bei Diderik Wagenaar, Gilius van Bergeijk und Louis Andriessen. 2002 ging er an die New Yorker Filmakademie, wo er das Fach Regie belegte; ausserdem absolvierte er 2007 am Director’s Lab des Lincoln Center Theater einen Spezialkurs in Bühnenregie. Für Aufsehen sorgte van der Aa vor allem mit seinen Musiktheaterwerken: 2002 entstand die Kammeroper One, die Barbara Hannigan zur Uraufführung brachte, 2005/06 folgte After Life, 2008 das Pessoa-Projekt The Book of Disquiet. Seine jüngsten Bühnenproduktionen waren Sunken Garden (2011–13) auf ein Textbuch von David Mitchell und Blank Out (2015) nach Ingrid Jonker. Für die Cellistin Sol Gabetta schuf Michel van der Aa das intermediale Cellokonzert Up-Close (2010), für die Geigerin Janine Jansen ein Violinkonzert (2014). Eine enge Verbindung unterhält er zum Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdem, das ihn für sechs Jahre, von 2011 bis 2017, als «Hauskomponisten» verpflichtete. Van der Aas Werke werden von renommierten Ensembles wie der musikFabrik, dem Ensemble intercontemporain, dem Ensemble Modern, dem Freiburger Barockorchester, dem BBC Symphony Orchestra, dem Los Angeles Philharmonic, dem Philharmonia Orchestra oder dem ASKO|Schoenberg Ensemble aufgeführt. Sie waren bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen und der Biennale von Venedig, beim Festival d’Automne in Paris und beim Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival zu hören. Michel van der Aa wurde mit dem Gaudeamus-, dem Hindemith- und dem Kagel-Preis ausgezeichnet. 2013 wurde ihm der Grawemeyer Award, 2015 der Johannes Vermeer Award verliehen.

    Mai 2017

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