Masterclass in Conducting

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Ilan Volkov et al.

Saunders | Webern

Wed, 01.09. | 16.00 | No. 212316

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Masterclass in Conducting

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Ilan Volkov et al.

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)  
    Participants in the masterclass  
    Ilan Volkov  director
    Dirk Rothbrust  percussion
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    void for percussion duo and orchestra
    Anton Webern (1883–1945)
    Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30

    Conducting is not child’s play. This is all the more true when it comes to scores from the 20th and 21st centuries, because these are frequently so complex that fundamental questions of coordination have to be dealt with first, before one can take up more far-reaching interpretive decisions. In addition to instrumentalists and composers, the Lucerne Festival Academy supports young conductors every summer. Within the framework of a broadly defined Conducting Fellowship, participants follow the Academy’s daily rehearsals and can exchange ideas with the invited artists. In addition, there is a conducting masterclass open to the public, in which the young conductors themselves step up to the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra podium and gain practical experience: this summer, under the guidance of Ilan Volkov. Live lessons on the concert podium, where the audience also learns much about the art of conducting as well as about the scores being discussed. 

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    Dirk Rothbrust

    Born in 1968 in Illingen, Germany, Dirk Rothbrust ranks among the most renowned international percussionists. From 1986 to 1994, he studied in Saarbrücken and Karlsruhe with Franz Lang and Isao Nakamura. He has been a member of the Cologne Percussion Quartet since 1995 and of the Ensemble Musikfabrik since 2005, and from 2001 to 2008 he played with the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. Whether with an ensemble or as a soloist, Rothbrust concertizes at all the important contemporary music festivals in Europe and collaborates with the leading composers and performers of our time, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martha Argerich, and Maurizio Pollini; the saxophonist Peter Brötzmann; and the electronic duo Mouse on Mars. As a soloist, Rothbrust has given the world premieres of such works as void by Rebecca Saunders, Beat Furrer’s Xenos III, and Wolfgang Mitterer’s Rasch, all of which – like many other works – were written specifically for him.

    July 2018

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