The Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in New York

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Matthias Pintscher | soloists

Neuwirth | Zappa


Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn/New York

Vergangenes Konzert

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25.01.-21.03. 2018







    Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn/New York

    The Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in New York

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Matthias Pintscher | soloists

    Della Miles  blues singer
    Tyshawn Sorey  percussion
    Christelle Séry  electric guitar


    Olga Neuwirth (*1968)
    Eleanor Suite for Blues Singer, Drum kit, Samples and Ensemble (2006/2014)
    Frank Zappa (1940–1993)
    The Perfect Stranger
    Naval Aviation in Art?
    The Girl in the Magnesium Dress
    Dupree’s Paradise

    Matthias Pintscher and the Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI play the music of Franz Zappa, alongside pieces by Pierre Boulez and Edgard Varèse that influenced him as well as works by composers such as Olga Neuwirth, John Zorn, and Tyshawn Sorey that respond to Zappa.


    Ever since it was founded in 2003, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has provided training to more than 1,000 highly talented young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from around the world. To date the alumni have included such renowned artists 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 accomplished orchestras,  who perform in chamber music and experimental projects, or who teach at conservatories. A large portion of them remain closely associated with the Festival. Selected former Academy students come back to Lucerne regularly as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. They enrich the programming through performances in the field of contemporary music, in the 40min series, or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG; they are moreover available to provide  help and advice to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other in order to execute their own projects around the world. The result is a uniquely international network of young musicians. For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer  Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”

    May 2017

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been closely associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he regards 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: premieres of his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier were given by 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, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher commands a wide repertoire, with a special focus on works of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has conducted 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 is artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Pintscher began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris, with which he undertook an Asian tour in the 2016-17 season. He was composer-in-residence and artist-in-focus at the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie for its inaugural season. This position included a performance with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, as well as the world premiere of his latest work, Shirim, with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel.

    August 2017

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    Della Miles

    The American singer and songwriter Della Miles was a child when she discovered her passion for music, garnering important experiences in a variety of gospel choirs and at her parents’ club in Houston, Texas. Before she began her solo career, she worked with such figures as Stevie Wonder, Marla Glenn, Joshua Kadison, and especially Whitney Houston, with whom she toured around the world for four years, from 1997 to 2001. In Los Angeles she had previously undertaken the title role in the Michael Jackson musical Sisterella. She has likewise toured with Marius Müller-Westernhagen; he also produced Simple Days, the album she released after her debut CD Follow Me. At the Komische Oper Berlin in 2012, Della Miles created the role of Eleanor in the world premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s opera American Lulu, which she has also performed at the Theater an der Wien.

    August 2016

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    Tyshawn Sorey

    Christelle Séry