Special Event Day – Museum Concerts 1 | Composer Seminar

JACK Quartet | Mivos Quartet

Composer Seminar Performance

Sun, 01.09. | 13.00

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert

admission included with purchase of a museum ticket, more here

Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Special Event Day – Museum Concerts 1 | Composer Seminar

    JACK Quartet | Mivos Quartet

    JACK Quartet:  Christopher Otto, violin | Austin Wulliman, violin | John Pickford Richards, viola | Jay Campbell, cello
    Mivos Quartet:  Olivia de Prato, violin | Maya Bennardo, violin | Victor Lowrie Tafoya, viola | Tyler J. Borden, cello

    Composer Seminar Performance

    Wolfgang Rihm introduces the participants of the Composer Seminar and their works during the course of these concert (in German)

    If a composer wants to present a new work today, these two young American ensembles are among the first people to contact: the JACK Quartet and the Mivos Quartet. Both formations have received definitive inspiration from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and are now returning to perform the final concerts of this year’s Composer Seminar. This was a stroke of luck, because when Wolfgang Rihm created this wonderful offering for young composers four years ago, he saw it as a great opportunity to have the participants not only discuss their works as ideas on paper but also to try them out immediately – and with performers who are well-versed in the music of our time and eager to collaborate with living composers. The JACKs and the Mivos Quartet have spent a week rehearsing the scores – from solo pieces to complete quartets – and will now present them to the Festival audience, offering a panorama of contemporary composition and, at the same time, a glimpse into the future.

    With the friendly support of the RHL Foundation

    Admission with a Kunstmuseum Luzern Ticket
    You can purchase a ticket online now by visiting https://www.kunstmuseumluzern.ch/en/tickets/. The ticket will allow you to visit the Turner exhibit and also to take part in the guided tour at 14.00 or 15.00. Please choose your preferred time when you purchase your Museum ticket. The tour does not need to be booked separately.

    JACK Quartet

    The American JACK Quartet was founded in 2003 by four young musicians who studied together at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The ensemble’s name comes from the first letter of each member’s first name: John Pickford Richards (viola), Ari Streisfeld (second violin), Christopher Otto (first violin), and Kevin McFarland (Violoncello). During their training, the players also studied with the Arditti and the Kronos Quartets and, as participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, with musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain, who gave them important advice that would prove useful in the performance of their future repertoire. The JACK Quartet focuses in particular on contemporary music, collaborating closely with the composers whose work they perform. Along with Helmut Lachenmann, this list includes such names as György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, James Dillon, and Beat Furrer. The JACK Quartet has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and has also appeared at the Donaueschingen Festival, the Biennale in Venice, the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin. Between 2012 and 2014 the four players are working closely with Maurizio Pollini as part of his Pollini Perspectives series: following its premiere in Lucerne, the series is also being presented in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, and Milan. An important component of the JACK Quartet’s work is devoted to young composers and instrumentalists, which entails giving workshops at the Universities of Iowa, Wisconsin-Madison, Buffalo, Illinois, Washington, and New York; the Quartet additionally teaches at various American conservatories.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in the summer of 2005 as participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, when these four musicians took part in a conversation concert with Helmut Lachenmann. Their actual LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut then followed on 16 August 2007, with works by John Zorn, György Kurtág, John Cage, and Peter Eötvös.

    July 2013

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    Jay Campbell

    The American cellist Jay Campbell is an “artiste étoile” of the 2017 Summer Festival. He was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California, and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. His repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. A significant part of his formation took place at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, which he attended in the summers of  2010 and 2011; he performed here as a soloist in Boulez’s Messagesquisse and Pli selon pli under the direction of the composer himself. Campbell received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016. In the same year he was engaged by the New York Philharmonic, with whom he made his debut in 2013, as curator of the Ligeti Forward series, which he designed together with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI for the NY Phil Biennial; as part of this series, he performed György Ligeti’s Cello Concerto under the direction of Alan Gilbert. Campbell has collaborated with such composers as Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, and Kaija Saariaho, as well as with many others from his own generation. John Zorn has written more than a dozen works for him, including The Aristos, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated score; it was included on the release Hen to Pan, listed as one of the New York Times’s Best Recordings of 2015. Jay Campbell has concertized at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, California; the Krannert Center in Illinois; the Marlboro Festival; Chamber Music Northwest; the Moab Music Festival; and the Heidelberger Frühling. He is a member of the JACK Quartet and the cellist of a new piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao.

    August 2017

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    Mivos Quartet

    Das in New York beheimatete Mivos Quartet, «eines der kühnsten und wildesten Ensembles für Neue Musik in Amerika» (The Chicago Reader), wurde 2008 gegründet und hat sich der Gegenwartsmusik verschrieben. Es hat zahlreiche neue Werke in Auftrag gegeben bzw. uraufgeführt und ist bestrebt, langfristig mit Komponistinnen und Komponisten unterschiedlicher musikästhetischer Orientierung zusammenzuarbeiten, unter ihnen Sam Pluta, Mark Barden, Richard Carrick, George Lewis, Eric Wubbels, Kate So-per, Scott Wollschleger und Patrick Higgins. Das Quartett vergibt zwei Kompositionspreise: den jährlich ausgelobten «Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize», der Komponisten am Beginn ihrer Karriere unterstützen soll, sowie den «I Creation/Mivos Composition Prize» für Komponisten chinesischer Herkunft. Neben der Erweiterung des Streichquartett-Repertoires entwickeln die vier Musiker auch grenzüberschreitende Projekte, etwa in den Bereichen Multimedia oder Improvisation und in Zusammenarbeit mit Künstlern wie dem Slam-Poeten Saul Williams, den Saxophonisten Dan Blake, Ned Rothenberg und Chris Speed, dem Gitarristen Timucin Şahin und dem Trompeter Nate Wooley. Das Mivos Quartet gastierte bei renommierten Festivals wie der NY Phil Biennial, Wien Modern, den Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik, dem Düsseldorfer Asphalt Festival, dem HellHOT! New Music Festival in Hongkong und der Shanghai New Music Week, bei Música de Agora na Bahia, beim Aldeburgh Festival und bei Lo Spirito della Musica di Venezia. Überdies bietet das Mivos Quartet regelmässig Workshops an, so an zahlreichen amerikanischen Hochschulen sowie in Shanghai, Singapur, Hongkong und Istanbul. Das Quartett hat mehrere CDs und DVDs vorgelegt, darunter Reappearances (2013) und Garden of Diverging Paths (2016) sowie, gemeinsam mit Dan Blake, The Dust Moves (2016).

    Other dates

    Monday, 19 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Tuesday, 20 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Wednesday, 21 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Thursday, 22 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Friday, 23 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

    Sunday, 1 September | 13.00 and 16.00 | Kunstmuseum Luzern | Closing Concert of the Composer Seminar