LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Haochen Zhang

Mozart | Bruckner


Shanghai, Shanghai Symphony Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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On Tour

06.10.-19.10. 2019





    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Haochen Zhang

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA and Music Director Riccardo Chailly will undertake their second major tour together following their summer concerts in Lucerne. The tour kicks off on 14 October with an appearance at Chailly’s home base in Milan, the legendary Teatro alla Scala. This will be followed by a five-concert residency in Shanghai, from 18 to 22 October. In addition to works by Ravel and Stravinsky (The Firebird), the tour program also includes Mozart’s dramatic C minor Piano Concerto, K. 491, with the young Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang as the soloist. Chailly and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will also present Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, which they will pair with overtures by Bruckner’s idol Richard Wagner. 


    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and by the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. In this way 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. Riccardo Chailly, who was appointed as his successor, inaugurated his tenure as the new Music Director in the summer of 2016 with two performances of Mah-ler’s Eighth Symphony, thus concluding the Mahler cycle that Abbado had been unable to finish. The orchestra comprises internationally acclaimed principals, chamber musicians, and music teachers, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. For the 2018 Summer Festival, Chailly will prepare three different programs with them in which the focus is on Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, and Anton Bruckner. Many of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s performances over the last decade have been broadcast on television and then released on DVD or CD; these have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most-recent production, which appeared in June 2018, is a DVD of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has previously toured to many of the musical metropolises in Europe, as well as to New York, Tokyo, and Beijing. In the fall of 2018 they plan a tour to La Scala in Milan and a residency in Shanghai, China.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has played annually at LUCERNE FESTIVAL ever since its first performances in the summer of 2003.

    July 2018

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly, who was born in 1953 in Milan, studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. Chailly was appointed Music Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1980, and in 1988 he moved to the same position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which he helmed for sixteen years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan since January 2015 and, since 2016, of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Chailly regularly conducts such leading European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the United States, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor – in addition to his performances at La Scala – he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Zurich Opera, the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Riccardo Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including two Echo Klassik Awards (in 2012 and 2015); Gramophone magazine named his account of the Brahms symphonies Record of the Year in 2014. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight
    in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in France he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2011.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in a program of works by Wagner, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

    February 2019

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    Haochen Zhang

    Der chinesische Pianist Haochen Zhang, geboren 1990 in Shanghai, begann im Alter von dreieinhalb Jahren mit dem Klavierspiel und gab als Sechsjähriger seinen Einstand mit dem Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, mit dem er Mozarts C-Dur-Klavierkonzert KV 467 aufführte. In China studierte er am Konservatorium seiner Heimatstadt und an der Shenzhen Arts School, ehe er 2005 in die USA zog und die Klavierklasse von Gary Graffman am Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia absolvierte. Wichtige Anregungen erhielt er auch als Schüler von Andreas Haefliger in Wien. 2009 gewann Haochen Zhang den Van Cliburn-Wettbewerb und nahm seine internationale Karriere auf. Seither trat er u. a. mit dem Philadelphia Orchestra, den Münchner Philharmonikern, dem London Symphony und London Philharmonic Orchestra, dem San Francisco Symphony, dem Los Angeles Philharmonic, dem Mariinsky Orchestra und dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra auf. Haochen Zhang war bei den BBC Proms in London, beim Moscow Easter Festival und bei zahlreichen amerikanischen Festivals zu Gast. Mit David Robertson und dem Sydney Symphony sowie Thomas Hengelbrock und dem NDR Sinfonieorchester ging er auf Asien-Tournee. Im Oktober 2018 wirkte er an der Shanghai-Residenz des LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA unter Riccardo Chailly mit und spielte Mozarts c-Moll-Konzert KV 491. Als Kammermusiker arbeitet Haochen Zhang mit dem Shanghai Quartet, dem Tokyo String Quartet und dem Brentano String Quartet zusammen, ausserdem mit dem Geiger Benjamin Beilman und dem Cellisten Aurélien Pascal. Rezitale führen ihn in der Saison 2018/19 nach Berlin, Paris, Madrid und Brüssel. 2017 legte er seine erste CD vor, mit Werken von Schumann, Brahms, Janáček und Liszt. Mit dem «Avery Fisher Career Grant» erhielt Haochen Zhang 2017 eine der wichtigsten Auszeichnungen für aufstrebende junge Solisten.

    Oktober 2018

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