Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Eric Melzer
Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Eric Melzer
Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra | Patricia Kopatchinskaja | Tito Muñoz
Ticket information

Attend all four concerts and take advantage of a 25% discount compared with the purchase of single tickets: Our Festival Pass (tickets for Concert 2 in Category 1) costs CHF 165 (instead of CHF 220).


“In Search of György Ligeti’s Lost Melody”
György Ligeti (1923–2006)
Violin Concerto
alternating with:    
Cantabile, molto legato from Musica ricercata for Piano
Allegro grazioso from the Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Vivacissimo molto ritmico from the Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano
Guillaume de Machaut (1305–1377)
Hoquetus David
arranged for chamber ensemble by Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Kyrie from the Messe de Nostre-Dame
Yu Kuwabara (*1984)
new work for ensemble
world premiere | commissioned by Lucerne Festival
Anton Koshlev (*1997)
new work for ensemble
world premiere | commissioned by Lucerne Festival
Lawrence Dunn (*1991)
Solfalasol variation for octet
world premiere | commissioned by Lucerne Festival
Alessandro Baticci (*1991)
new work for DigitAize-Geige and live electronics
world premiere | commissioned by Lucerne Festival


“A song sleeps in all things,” says the poet. In György Ligeti’s case, a folksong-like melody runs through his work like an idée fixe. It appears, with touchingly transparent purity, in the second movement of his Violin Concerto. But it can also be found in other works, such as the early piano cycle Musica ricercata. Why did Ligeti return to this melody again and again? Does its fragile beauty point to biographical events, to experiences of war and the Holocaust, to which Ligeti’s family almost entirely fell victim? Patricia Kopatchinskaja explores these questions in a concert collage constructed around Ligeti’s Violin Concerto — including four world premieres that musically set out in search of Ligeti’s lost melody.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    From 4th August to 11th September, enjoy refreshing drinks and Mediterranean delicacies in a summery ambience, among olive trees and fresh herbs, with a wonderful view over Lake Lucerne and Lucerne's old town. Combine culinary delights and culture with the "Summer Lounge Ouverture Apéro Package". The perfect opening of your concert evening at this year's Summer Festival of Lucerne Festival. More

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism