Master Class in Conducting, course pass

Festival Strings Lucerne | Bernard Haitink

Mozart | Brahms | Tchaikovsky | Debussy

Wed, 21.03. | 10.00 / 16.00 | No. 18123

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

17.03.-25.03. 2018




    Master Class in Conducting, course pass

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Bernard Haitink

    Students of the Master Class in Conducting  
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in D major, K. 385 “Haffner”
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Ibéria from Images pour orchestre

    “Some of my colleagues are very strict: ‘This is how you do it.’ I don’t have any rules. Young people are so different, I try to come to terms with each one of them. You have to find your own path, after all.” Thus Bernard Haitink once explained his credo as an educator. Works by composers from Mozart through Brahms to Debussy are on the Dutch maestro’s agenda for his public master class during the Easter Festival (the eighth he has offered to date): works that have accompanied him throughout his life and that he has conducted repeatedly, immersing himself in them to find fresh depths. The participants in the master class will profit (as will the public) from Haitink’s insights and rich experience – which pose a wide variety of challenges: Debussy’s Images demand a delicate feeling for timbre, while Mozart requires clear ideas about phrasing. 

    The participants for 2018:
    Vitali Alekseenok, Belarus
    Tabita Berglund, Norway
    Nuno Coelho, Portugal
    Lina Marcela Gonzalez-Granados, Colombia
    Oren Gross Thaler, Israel
    Alvin Ho, Hong Kong
    Paul Marsovszky, Germany
    Johannes Zahn, Germany

    Festival Strings Lucerne

    The Festival Strings Lucerne, which were founded in 1956 by Rudolf Baumgartner and Wolfgang Schneiderhan, maintain an association with LUCERNE FESTIVAL through annual performances. The regular line-up is led by concertmaster and artistic director Daniel Dodds and consists of seventeen string soloists and a harpsichordist, but this can be expanded to a 60-member orchestra capable of performing the symphonic repertoire as well. The Strings have developed a unique sound culture through their use of master instruments from the legendary Cremonese workshops of Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati that are owned by the ensemble as well as through their great performance tradition. From the very beginning, the ensemble’s profile has been shaped by its collaborations with prominent soloists. In the past, they were joined by such figures as Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Pablo Casals, Wilhelm Kempff, and Clara Haskil, while today stars like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Rudolf Buchbinder, Martin Grubinger, Vilde Frang, and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon rank among their musical partners. In addition to a concert series of their own in Lucerne, the Festival Strings Lucerne also regularly give concerts abroad: in the 2019-20 season, in addition to three tours in Germany, these will include guest appearances in Italy, Slovenia, and England, as well as a trip with the violinist Midori to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Korea. The Strings’ repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. They have premiered more than a hundred works to date, including compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinů, Iannis Xenakis, and Krzysztof Penderecki. The ensemble regularly releases CDs: most recently, a recording of three Mozart violin concertos with Arabella Steinbacher.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1956 in a program of works by Corelli, Purcell, Bach, and Pergolesi.

    October 2019

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink, who was born in Amsterdam, celebrated his 90th birthday in March. It was 65 years ago, in July 1954, that Haitink, who had been trained as a violinist, appeared on the podium for the first time to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut in 1956 with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which appointed him Music Director in 1961. For 27 years he had full responsibility there and is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he last appeared in December 2018 in a program of works by Mozart and Bruckner. Haitink has also held leadership positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–79), the Glyndebourne Festival (1977–88), the Royal Opera House in London (1987–2002), and the Staatskapelle Dresden (2002–04) and has served as Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006–10). As a guest conductor, Haitink regularly conducts the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His interpretations of Bruckner and Mahler have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally acclaimed for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Haitink has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in cycles devoted to Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He has also been closely associated with the Festival as an educator and, from 2011 to 2018, led an annual master class in conducting at Easter. Haitink is a Knight of the British Empire, a Companion of Honour, and a member of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau. In 2017  he was named Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. The Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have made him an honorary member. Following this summer, Bernard Haitink will end his career: he will give his final concert on 6 September at LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1966 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Schubert, Martin, and Mahler.

    July 2019

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    Wednesday, 21 March | Lucerne Hall:
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

    Thursday, 22 March | Lucerne Hall:
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

    Friday, 23 March | Lucerne Hall:
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.