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Heinz Holliger | Jon Roskilly | Gilles Grimaître et al.

Kessler

Sat, 24.08. | 15.00 | No. 19316

Lukaskirche

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    Jon Roskilly  trombone
    Students of the Hochschule Luzern – Musik:  Corentin Marillier, percussion and voice | Luca Marty, guitar | Alice Hohberger, voice | Magdalena Irmann, voice
    Thomas Kessler  sound design
    Thomas Kessler (*1937)
    Control-Zyklus
    works for solo instruments and live electronics

    In collaboration with the Studio for Contemporary Music of the Hochschule Luzern – Musik

    Introduction to the Control Cycle with Thomas Kessler in concert (in German)
     

    Much as the use of steel and concrete fundamentally transformed architecture, electronic music has opened up completely new possibilities for composing. The Swiss artist Thomas Kessler was one of its pioneers. At the end of the 1960s, he headed the legendary Electronic Beat Studio in Berlin, and later he established the Studio for Electronic Music in Basel. In his series of works titled Control, which he began writing in 1974, Kessler explores the interplay of a wide variety of solo instruments with synthesizers, samplers, and computers. The soloists themselves control the electronic sound transformation of their playing by transmitting “their playing technique and reactivity to the electronic instruments without the help of an additional assistant.” Kessler’s groundbreaking Control Cycle is naturally an integral part of his retrospective as composer-in-residence. He will prepare it with students from the Hochschule Luzern – Musik and with such soloists as Heinz Holliger and Jon Roskilly. With the latter, he will develop new versions of Oboe Control and Trombone Control that will be presented at LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

    With the friendly support of: 
    Fondation Suisa
    Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    Heinz Holliger

    Heinz Holliger was born in 1939 in Langenthal in the Canton of Bern. He studied oboe (with Émile Cassagnaud and Pierre Pierlot), piano (with Sava Savoff and Yvonne Lefébure), and composition (with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez) in Bern, Paris, and Basel. His international career as an oboist, which has taken him to the major music centers all over the world, began in 1959, when he won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva; he additionally won the ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1961 – the same year in which he made his debut at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, now known as LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Holliger has expanded the technical capacities of his instrument and remains a strong supporter of contemporary music as well as of lesser-known works. Many composers, including Henze, Ligeti, and Lutosławski, have dedicated new scores to him. In 1977 Holliger took up his career as a conductor, which soon brought him to the most renowned orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also enjoyed a longterm partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. A composer in his own right, Heinz Holliger was featured in 1998 as composer-in-residence at the IMF Luzern. His opera Schneewittchen premiered in Zurich in 2002, where his latest stage work, Lunea, which is based on scenes from Nikolaus Lenau, was produced in the spring of 2018. Holliger has received numerous awards, including the Sonning Music Prize (1987), the Frankfurt Music Prize (1988), the Siemens Music Prize (1991), the Premio Abbiati of the Biennale di Venezia (1995), the Zurich Festival Prize (2007), and, most recently, the Robert Schumann Prize (2017). He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 31 August 1961 as oboe soloist in the Passacaglia concertante by Sándor Veress, with Rudolf Baumgartner conducting the Lucerne Festival Strings.

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    Jon Roskilly

    Der britische Posaunist Jon Roskilly, Jahrgang 1987, studierte an der Londoner Guildhall School of Music and Drama sowie bei Mike Svoboda an der Musik-Akademie Basel und hat sich auf die zeitgenössische Musik spezialisiert. Er hat eng mit Komponisten wie Georges Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Thomas Kessler, Rebecca Saunders und Steven Takasugi zusammengearbeitet, wurde zu Festivals wie Wien Modern, dem Warschauer Herbst, der Ruhrtriennale, den ZeitRäumen Basel oder dem Festival Rümlingen eingeladen und tritt regelmässig mit Formationen wie dem Ensemble Musikfabrik, dem Klangforum Wien oder dem Ensemble Phoenix Basel auf. Roskilly hat in Basel, Luzern, Lugano und London Workshops zu seinem Instrument für Komponisten durchgeführt und komponiert auch selbst: Seine Werke wurden u. a. bei den Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik und den Schwetzinger Festspielen aufgeführt.

    August 2019

    Gilles Grimaître

    Gilles Grimaître, geboren 1988 in Genf, studierte an der Hochschule der Künste Bern bei Pierre Sublet (Klavier), Pascale van Coppenolle (Orgel) und Xavier Dayer (Komposition) und war 2013/14 Stipendiat der Internationalen Ensemble Modern Akademie. Er trat als Solist und Kammermusiker auf, u. a. beim Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester (unter Herbert Blomstedt) und bei Festivals wie ManiFeste oder der Ruhrtriennale, in Davos und Huddersfield. Grimaître ist Mitglied des Collegium Novum Zürich, des Ensemble L’Ima-ginaire, der neuverBand, der pre-art Soloists sowie des Ensemble Lemniscate und spielt regelmässig in renommierten Neue-Musik-Ensembles. Duos bildet er mit dem Perkussionisten Julien Mégroz und der Cellistin Elsa Dorbath. Gilles Grimaître, der 2013 den Ersten Preis beim Concours Nicati gewann, ist auch ein leidenschaftlicher Improvisator, u. a. mit der experimentellen Pop-Band [bleu].

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    Thomas Kessler

    Thomas Kessler, geboren 1937, ist in diesem Sommer «composer-in-residence» von LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Nach dem Germanistik- und Romanistikstudium in seiner Geburtsstadt Zürich und in Paris studierte er in Berlin Komposition bei Heinz Friedrich Har-tig, Ernst Pepping und Boris Blacher, leitete dort anschliessend das Elec-tronic Beat Studio und wechselte später nach Nancy ans Centre universitaire international de formation et de recherche dramatique. Von 1973 bis 2000 lehrte er Komposition und Musiktheorie an der Musik-Akademie Basel, wo er das Elektronische Studio aufbaute. Gemeinsam mit Gérard Zinsstag gründete er in Zürich die Tage für Neue Musik, mit Wolfgang Heiniger rief er in Basel das «Echt!Zeit»-Festival für live-elektronische Musik ins Leben. Kessler wurde 2005 mit dem «Kompositionspreis Marguerite Staehelin» des Schweizer Tonkünstlervereins und 2018 mit dem Schweizer Musikpreis geehrt und ist Mitglied der Berliner Akademie der Künste.

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    20% discount when purchasing tickets to at least three different concerts with the music of composer-in-residence Thomas Kessler