Chamber music

Lars Vogt & friends


Sun, 16511

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

19.11.-27.11. 2016



    Lars Vogt  piano
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
    Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8. Second version from 1889
    Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60

    He is the “Mister Chamber Music” of pianists. What other colleagues regard as “the loveliest thing to pursue on the side” is for Lars Vogt the focus of his creative work: joining together in small ensembles to play the inexhaustible world of duo sonatas, trios, quartets, and quintets. For almost twenty years, amid the idyllic Eiffel hills in Heimbach, he has been holding his own chamber music festival, known as the “Spannungen” – a name with a hidden meaning (in German it signifies both excitement and voltage), since the concerts take place in a former hydroelectric power plant. And there will be pure electricity indeed when Vogt joins with the violinist Veronika Eberle, the violist Florian Donderer, and the cellist Tanja Tetzlaff to perform three masterpieces by Johannes Brahms. Even when he was young, Brahms was one of his “great heroes,” Vogt once declared: “The Nordic-tinged harmonies and the melancholy that is colored by pain which you find in his works are very close to me. Brahms’s music has a tremendous emotionality, intense to the point of bursting, and yet it is all held together through a rational structure. That makes Brahms something very special.”

    Lars Vogt

    Lars Vogt was born in 1970 in Düren, Germany. He studied with Ruth Weiss in Aachen as well as with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover and entered into the international spotlight when he took second prize at the 1990 Leeds Pianoforte Competition. Since then Vogt has enjoyed a stellar career not only in Europe but in the United States and Asia as well. He became the first-ever pianist-in-residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, and he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. In the 2016-17 season he will be a guest artist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Together with the violinist Christian Tetzlaff, he is undertaking a tour of the United States, and he is also giving a series of lieder recitals with the tenor Ian Bostridge. Chamber music is at the core of Lars Vogt’s artistic work: in 1998 he founded the “Spannungen” Festival in Heimbach in the Eifel Mountains, where he performs with renowned colleagues in a variety of formations. A CD edition documenting many of these concerts won the German Record Critics’ Prize. In addition to his appearances as a pianist, Vogt has in recent years devoted himself to conducting: since the 2015-16 season he has served as Artistic Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle. His discography includes more than 20 CDs, the most recent of which was released in October 2016: a recording of piano pieces by Franz Schubert. Lars Vogt is the initiator of the educational project “Rhapsody in School.” He has been Professor of Piano at the Hanover Conservatory of Music, Theater, and Media since 2012.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut in connection with the Late Night series of concerts on August 28, 1999: Klaus-Maria Brandauer read selections from Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus while Lars Vogt played Beethoven and Brahms.

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    Antje Weithaas

    Antje Weithaas, who was born in Guben in Brandenburg, Germany, began playing the violin at the age of four. She completed her studies with Werner Scholz at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and won the Kreisler Competition in Graz in 1987, the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, and, in 1991, the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover. Since then she has performed as a soloist with many acclaimed orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Bamberg Symphony. Such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Sir Neville Marriner, and Sakari Oramo have numbered among her partners at the podium. Currently Antje Weithaas also works closely with the Potsdam Chamber Academy under Antonello Manacorda. Since 2009 she has been Artistic Director of the Camerata Bern, with whom she even performs such larger-scale works as the symphonies of Beethoven, conducting from the concertmaster position. Chamber music has always been a focus of Antje Weithaas’ work. Together with Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann, and Jean-Guihen Queyras, she founded the Arcanto Quartet in 2002, with whom she has toured to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, as well as to Japan, Israel, and North America. She has recorded works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy, Schubert, and Mozart with the Arcanto Quartet; in the current season she is performing as the soloist in the Schumann Violin Concerto and, together with Maximilian Hornung, the Brahms Double Concerto. Since 2004 Antje Weithaas has been teaching at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1989 with the Ex-Aequo Trio in a program of works by Beethoven, Juon, and Shostakovich.

    Florian Donderer

    The violinist, violist, and conductor Florian Donderer, who comes from Berlin, studied in his native city with Bernhard Hartog, in London with David Takeno, and finally again in Berlin with Thomas Brandis at the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy. Early in his career he decided to work with chamber orchestras and made a name for himself as an artistic director from the concertmaster’s chair: first with the Ensemble Oriol and the Chamber Academy Potsdam and then, since 1999, with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He additionally plays first violin with the Bal-thasar Neumann Ensemble. As a conductor, Donderer is a student of Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, and Leonid Grin. Besides concerts with orchestras with which he is associated as concertmaster, he has also conducted the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, the Chamber Academy Neuss, and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen. From the concertmaster position he has guest conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Basel, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and the Camerata Bern. Florian Donderer has appeared as a chamber musician and soloist at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the Musik Triennale Köln, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Bremen Music Festival, the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, and the Bergen Festival in Norway. He also regularly concertizes at Lars Vogt’s Festival “Spannungen” in Heimbach in the Eifel Mountains and is a member of the Süssmann Trio, the Sheridan Ensemble Berlin, and the Berlin Oboe Quartet. Together with the cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, he directs the “residenz@sendesaal” chamber music series in Radio Bremen’s Sendesaal. The CDs that have resulted from this project have won the German Record Critics’ Prize and the Diapason d’Or.

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    Tanja Tetzlaff

    The cellist Tanja Tetzlaff studied with Bernhard Gmelin at the Conservatory of her native Hamburg and with Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After winning prizes at several international competitions, including the ARD Music Competition in Munich, she began her career in 1996 as principal cellist with the  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. At the same time as this orchestral engagement, she furthered her career as a soloist and chamber musician. Tanja Tetzlaff has concertized with such ensembles as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michael Gielen, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Järvi, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Roger Norrington. In the 2016-17 season she will perform as a soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. In October 2016, together with her brother Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, she appeared as a guest artist in Antwerp, Luxembourg, Freiburg, Bilbao, Paris, and London. Among Tanja Tetzlaff’s additional chamber music partners are Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, Carolin Widmann, and Sharon Kam. She regularly performs with the Swedish pianist Gunilla Süssmann in a duo, and they have released two CDs: one with works of Brahms and one with a Russian-Scandinavian program. She is moreover a member of the Tetzlaff Quartet, which was founded in 1994 and which won the Diapason de l’année in 2015. Tanja Tetzlaff plays a cello built by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1776.

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