© Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
© Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Lucerne Festival Academy 2
Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Heinz Holliger et al.
“Music only takes place at the borderlines. There is nothing in the middle that could be of interest to art,” Heinz Holliger believes. Which is why he has always been fascinated by artists in crisis: border crossers on the fringes of society who have been classified as “crazy” and shipped off to the insane asylum. For Holliger, however, they “simply have many more antennae.” Thus, in his Turm-Musik (“Tower Music”), a central part of his Scardanelli cycle written over a period of 16 years, he intensively explored Friedrich Hölderlin and his late poems, which were always signed with the pseudonym Scardanelli. Hölderlin (who is said to have been a good flutist) wrote them during the 37 years of his life that he spent as “incurably mentally ill” in the seclusion of a tower in Tübingen. Ostinato funebre, which is also part of the Scardanelli cycle, at the same time pays homage to another artist: here Holliger quotes, paraphrases, distorts, and overwrites Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music. In addition, the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra premieres two scores that were created as part of the Roche Young Commissions series.
Liao Lin © Kirsten Nijhof
The Taiwanese conductor Lin Liao studied composition and piano at the National University of the Arts in Taipei and conducting at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Pierre Boulez was an important mentor, and she took his master class in conducting as part of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in 2007; he then chose her to co-conduct Stockhausen’s GRUPPEN. Lin Liao also became acquainted at that time with Peter Eötvös, who subsequently engaged her as his assistant for concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, additionally inviting her to the Holland Festival in 2009. Contemporary music is a focus of her work, whether as Chief Conductor of the Ensemble Laboratorium or as a guest conductor with the Ensemble Modern, the Collegium Novum Zürich, the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and the Ensemble Aventure, as well as at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the ManiFeste in Paris, and the Klangspuren Schwaz. As First Kapellmeisterin at the Schleswig-Holstein Landestheater, Lin Liao has moreover developed a wide-ranging music theater repertoire. Operatic credits include the Chemnitz Opera House, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the municipal theaters of Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, where she has conducted such works as d’Albert’s Tiefland, Mozart’s Entführung, and Verdi’s La traviata. She also feels a commitment to Taiwanese composers and led the world premiere of Chang-Fa Yiu’s opera The Peach Blossom Fan at the National Theater of Taipei with an ensemble of Peking Opera players and a Western symphony orchestra. In the concert hall, Lin Liao has led the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. She has been involved in several educational projects with the Leipzig Gewandhaus.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 1 September 2007, as one of the three conductors for a performance of Stockhausen’s GRUPPEN with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.
Heinz Holliger © Julieta Schildknecht
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.
Felix Renggli, der in Basel geboren wurde, studierte Flöte bei Gerhard Hildenbrand, Aurèle Nicolet und Peter-Lukas Graf. Er schloss seine Ausbildung an der Musik-Akademie Basel mit dem Solistendiplom ab und spielte danach als Soloflötist im Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, im Städtischen Orchester St. Gallen, im Gulbenkian-Orchester Lissabon und im Chamber Orchestra of Europe; ausserdem wirkte er im Schweizerischen Festspielorchester mit. Seine Konzerttätigkeit hat ihn durch ganz Europa, nach Südamerika, in die USA sowie nach Japan und China geführt. Felix Renggli gastierte bei den Salzburger Festspielen, beim Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus und bei Festivals in Paris, Bourges, Rio de Janeiro und Akiyoshidai. Sein Repertoire erstreckt sich von der Alten Musik, die er auf historischen Instrumenten aufführt, über den Werkkanon der Klassik und Romantik bis hin zu zeitgenössischen Partituren und Uraufführungen. Eine enge Zusammenarbeit verbindet ihm mit dem Oboisten, Dirigenten und Komponisten Heinz Holliger, der ihm entscheidende Impulse für seine musikalische Arbeit gegeben hat. Gemeinsam mit dem Cellisten Daniel Haefliger und dem Bratschisten Jürg Dähler gründete Felix Renggli 1999 die «Swiss Chamber Concerts», die als erste gesamtschweizerische Kammermusikreihe gelten dürfen. Renggli hat zahlreiche CDs vorgelegt, die mit Ensembles wie der Camerata Bern, dem Arditti Quartet, Nova Stravaganza Köln und den Swiss Chamber Soloists entstanden. 1994 wurde er zum Leiter einer Konzertklasse an die Hochschule für Musik in Basel berufen; seit 2004 lehrt Felix Renggli als Professor in Freiburg/Breisgau und gibt darüber hinaus Meisterkurse in aller Welt.
Debut als Solist bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 5. September 1990 mit Cristóbal Halffters Mizar II.
Konzerteinführung | 15.00 | KKL Luzern, Luzerner Saal
Kirsten Milenko, Alex Vaughan und Heinz Holliger im Gespräch mit Mark Sattler