Lucerne Festival Orchestra 5

Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša | Augustin Hadelich

Suk | Dvořák

Fri, 19.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

09.08.-11.09. 2022




    Lucerne Festival Orchestra 5

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša | Augustin Hadelich

    Jakub Hrůša  conductor
    Augustin Hadelich  violin
    Josef Suk (1874–1935)
    Scherzo fantastique, Op. 25
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
    Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra

    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. They established a link with the legendary “elite orchestra” for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time to create a magnificent ensemble, introducing it in a “Concert de Gala” in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra up until his death in January 2014. He was succeeded in 2016 by Riccardo Chailly, who has since extended his contract until 2026. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Herbert Blomstedt. The orchestra is composed of internationally renowned principals, chamber musicians, and music professors, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. Many of their performances have been broadcast on television and are now available on DVD or CD; these have been awarded such prizes as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most recent release is a Strauss CD, which appeared in 2019. On DVD, the first installment of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Chailly was released in 2020, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with soloist Denis Matsuev and the Third Symphony. Guest appearances have taken the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to numerous European musical capitals, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

    The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

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    Jakub Hrůša

    Jakub Hrůša, who was born in 1981 in Brno in the current Czech Republic, studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek and others at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in 2005 with the Prague Philharmonia, which he led as Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2015. In opera realm, he first attracted attention at Glyndebourne on Tour, where he held the post of Music Director from 2010 to 2013. This was followed by invitations to the Vienna Staatsoper and Zurich Opera (with Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), the Opéra national de Paris (with Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (with Puccini’s Il trittico), and the Royal Opera House in London (with Bizet’s Carmen). Since 2016, Hrůša has been at the helm of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He was associated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor from 2010 to 2018; currently, he holds this position with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent seasons, Hrůša has introduced himself on the podium of many top international orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018; these were followed in 2019 by his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic. Hrůša’s recordings with the Bamberg Symphony include a four-part Brahms-Dvořák cycle. His CD with piano concertos by Dvořák and Martinů, as well as a recording of Barber’s Vanessa from Glyndebourne, won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2020. Jakub Hrůša is president of the International Martinů Circle and the Dvořák Society. In 2015 he received the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 27 August 2019, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a
    program of works by Mozart, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.

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