© Harald Hoffmann
© Harald Hoffmann
Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Elena Schwarz
“The rain continued. It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping at the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains. It came by the pound and the ton, it hacked at the jungle and cut the trees like scissors and shaved the grass and tunneled the soil and molted the bushes. It shrank men’s hands into the hands of wrinkled apes; it rained a solid glassy rain, and it never stopped.” Ray Bradbury’s nightmarish science-fiction tale The Long Rain inspired Olga Neuwirth to create a major work of spatial music. Four orchestral groups encircle the audience, electronic sounds floating above their heads. The listeners are thus at the mercy of the acoustic impressions all around them – an almost claustrophobic situation. To set the mood, chamber music works by Rebecca Saunders and Pierre Boulez, to whom Neuwirth has dedicated Construction in space, will also be heard.
Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)
With the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra — LFCO for short — Lucerne Festival has launched a new orchestra this year: an orchestra of excellence for the performance of new and contemporary music. The LFCO thus forms a counterpart to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and focuses on 20th- and 21st-century scores, from modern classics to commissioned works that are premiered in Lucerne. The international members of the LFCO have all benefited from training at the Lucerne Festival Academy, which was initiated by Pierre Boulez and is now directed by Wolfgang Rihm. Thanks to its close ties to the Academy and its network, the LFCO is able to play a pioneering role in the performance of contemporary music and in the development of forward-looking concert formats. Through its projects, it exploits the possibilities of new technologies; interdisciplinary work gives rise to novel listening and concert experiences. The LFCO can be heard in numerous performances at the Lucerne Summer Festival, as well as at Lucerne Festival Forward in November — and, of course, at guest performances all over the world. In its first summer, the LFCO collaborates with conductors Heinz Holliger, Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, and Ilan Volkov, presenting music by composers ranging from Stravinsky and Webern to Boulez and Xenakis, as well as premieres by Amarouch, Colţea, Milenko, Vaughan, and composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders. The musicians will join Patricia Kopatchinskaja to perform the staged concert Bye-Bye Beethoven. They will also participate in performances of Kagel’s Staatstheater at the Luzerner Theater.
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The Australian-Swiss conductor Elena Schwarz, who was born in 1985 in Lugano, studied with Arturo Tamayo at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and with Laurent Gay in Geneva, taking master classes with such figures as Neeme Järvi, Peter Eötvös, and Matthias Pintscher. In the spring of 2016 she was among the active participants in Bernard Haitink’s master class at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, in connection with which she conducted the Festival Strings Lucerne. As a scholarship holder of the Australian Conductor Development Program, she works with the Tasmanian Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. She won the Princess Astrid Competition in Norway in 2014 and second prize at the Jorma Panula Competition in Vaasa in 2015 and has performed at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin, the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, and the Voix Nouvelles in Royaument.
Florian Bogner © Michael Zacherl
Florian Bogner, geboren 1978 in Klosterneuburg, studierte am Elektroakustischen Institut der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Von 2003 bis 2005 sowie 2012/13 unterrichtete er an der Wiener Universität für angewandte Kunst. Er ist freiberuflich in den Bereichen Klangregie, Live-Elektronik, Sound-Design und Computermusik tätig und beim Klangforum Wien gemeinsam mit Peter Böhm für elektroakustische Konzeption, Betreuung und Umsetzung sowie Klangregie verantwortlich. Bogner übernahm diverse CD-Produktionen für Labels wie Kairos oder col legno und schuf Bühnenmusiken sowie Kompositionen für Dokumentar- und Werbefilme. Seit 2013 absolviert er den Masterstudiengang «Elektroakustische Komposition» an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, seit 2014 ist er im Forschungsprojekt «Performance Practice of Electroacoustic Music» am Zürcher Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology tätig.