Afternoon Concert

Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Leia Zhu

Bartók | Mozart | Paganini | Gade

Sun, 02.09. | 14.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Tickets only available starting 20 August from the Stadthaus Luzern (Hirschengraben 17) (CHF 10.00)

Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Afternoon Concert

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Leia Zhu

    Daniel Dodds  violin, conductor, and host
    Leia Zhu  violin
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Petite Suite
    Eight Pieces from 44 Duos,
    arranged for string orchestra by Jay Schwartz (2016)
    world premiere
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 261
    Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
    La Campanella from the Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 7
    Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890)
    Noveletter in F major, Op. 53

    Of all of the “Wunderkinder” (child prodigies) who are performing at the 2018 Summer Festival, she is the youngest. When Leia Zhu, a British musician with Chinese roots, joins the Festival Strings Lucerne to perform Mozart’s E major Adagio and Paganini’s La Campanella, she will be 11 years old. And yet she can already look back over a long career, for Leia began studying the violin when she was three and gave her first public concert the following year. Since then, she has garnered prize after prize and has been invited to perform by many renowned institutions, such as the Salzburg Festival, the Würzburg Mozart Festival, and the Musical Olympus in St. Petersburg, as well as the Berlin Philharmonie and the major concert halls in London. The afternoon concert begins in an animated Hungarian mood with Béla Bartók’s Petite Suite, which draws on six dances from the Balkan region. At the end comes a trip to Denmark with Gade’s Op. 53 Novelletter: poetic music by a Romantic who – as Robert Schumann put it – knew how to combine “Nordic character” with the “dedication of mastery.”

    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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    Daniel Dodds

    The violinist Daniel Dodds, who was born in 1971 to Australian-Chinese parents in Adelaide, left his home in Australia at the age of 17 to continue studying violin with Gunars Larsens at the University of Music in Lucerne. After graduating with distinction, other significant influences included master classes with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli, Nathan Milstein, and Thomas Zehetmair. In 2000 Daniel Dodds was engaged as principal concertmaster by the Festival Strings Lucerne, and since 2012 he has served as Artistic Director of the ensemble, with which he performs all around the world. He is additionally active as a freelance soloist and has most recently performed with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Australian World Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 Claudio Abbado appointed Dodds to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, where he has remained a member every summer since. In this context he has also appeared as a chamber musician. He collaborates as guest concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Among his partners in the field of chamber music are Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Kolja Blacher, Wolfram Christ, James Galway, Jens Peter Maintz, Herbert Schuch, and Martin Stadtfeld. His repertoire spans from Bach to contemporary composers and includes crossover projects involving jazz, tango, and music of the Far East. In 2012 he released his solo CD Time Transcending, which presents works by composers from Bach to Berio. Dodds, who teaches violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik – Luzern, plays the Stradivari “ex Hämmerle – ex Baumgartner” from 1717.

    Since 2000 Daniel Dodds has been an annual guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL with the Festival Strings Lucerne.

    November 2017

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    Leia Zhu

    Geboren 2006 in Newcastle upon Tyne, ist die Geigerin Leia Zhu das jüngste aller «Wunderkinder», die im Sommer 2018 bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL auftreten. Neben dem regulären Schulbesuch studiert sie im «Junior Guildhall»-Programm der Londoner Guildhall School of Music. Darüber hinaus nimmt sie Privatunterricht bei Itzhak Rashkovsky und besucht seit 2013 Zakhar Brons Meisterkurse in Interlaken. Die Britin mit chinesischen Wurzeln ist bereits in zahlreichen europäischen Ländern aufgetreten und konzertierte als Solistin mit Klangkörpern wie dem Belgischen und dem Russischen Nationalorchester, dem Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Capella, den Festival Strings Lucerne oder dem Zürcher Kammerorchester. Sie war bei den Salzburger Festspielen und beim Würzburger Mozartfest, beim Musical Olympus in St. Petersburg und beim Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and Arts zu Gast und ist im Moskauer Tschaikowsky-Saal, im Brüsseler BOZAR, im Opernhaus von Tel Aviv sowie in den grossen Londoner Konzertsälen aufgetreten. Zu den Höhepunkten der vergangenen Saison zählen ein Familienkonzert im Kammermusiksaal der Berliner Philharmonie und ein gemeinsamer Auftritt mit Roby Lakatos im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 20. Geburtstag des Fernsehsender Rossija K. Leia Zhu spielt ein Instrument des venezianischen Geigenbauers Michele Deconet, das ihr von einem Privatsammler zur Verfügung gestellt wurde.

    Mai 2018

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