Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Michael Sanderling | Joyce El-Khoury

Boulanger | Strauss | Tchaikovsky

Fri, 26.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Michael Sanderling | Joyce El-Khoury

    Lili Boulanger (1893–1918)
    D’un matin de printemps
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Four Last Songs
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Pathétique

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1805, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. In addition to various concert series it performs at the Culture and Convention Center Lucerne (KKL), it appears in all opera productions at the Luzerner Theater and presents the Zaubersee Festival of Russian chamber music. Its repertoire embraces not only the Classical-Romantic tradition but also rarities and contemporary works. Examples of the latter commitment include commissions that have been given to Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Rodion Shchedrin, and Thomas Adès. The past decade was defined by James Gaffigan’s stewardship as Principal Conductor; his tenure lasted from 2011 until the summer of 2021. As of tonight, Michael Sanderling takes over this post. Significant influences on the ensemble have come from guest conductors Constantinos Carydis, Thomas Dausgaard, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowski, Juanjo Mena, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, John Storgårds, and the former Chief Conductor, Jonathan Nott, whose tenure was from 1997 to 2002. Such renowned soloists as Martha Argerich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Daniil Trifonov, and Krystian Zimerman appear in the subscription series. The orchestra regularly goes on tour, including, to date, to some 30 countries and 90 cities. Numerous recordings, some of them award-winning, document its work. The orchestra maintains its own training academy, promotes young talent through the Rising Stars series, and offers a comprehensive music education program that received the Young Ears Prize in 2018.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.

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    Michael Sanderling

    At the start of the 2021-22 season, Michael Sanderling will take over as Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra: this evening, he gives his inaugural concert. Born in Berlin in 1967 as the son of the double bassist Barbara Sanderling and conductor Kurt Sanderling, he began his career as a cellist. After studying at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music and taking courses with William Pleeth, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, and Lynn Harrell, Sanderling won first prize at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona in 1987 and was engaged as principal cellist in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra that same year. From 1994 to 2006, he held the same position with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. He has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris, among others. Parallel to his performances on cello, Sanderling embarked on a conducting career: he first ascended the podium at a concert by the Berlin Chamber Orchestra in 2000. He was associated with the German String Philharmonic as Principal Conductor from 2003 to 2013, and, from 2006 to 2010, served as Artistic Director of the Potsdam Chamber Academy. For eight years, from 2011 to 2019, Sanderling stood at the helm of the Dresden Philharmonic; with this orchestra he gave 345 concerts in 78 countries and recorded complete cycles of Shostakovich’s and Beethoven’s symphonies. Sanderling has appeared as a guest conductor with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouworkest in 2018 and with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2019. Sanderling has also made his mark as an opera conductor, leading productions of Prokofiev’s War and Peace in Cologne and Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher in Potsdam.

    Sanderling previously appeared twice at Lucerne Festival (IMF) as a cellist: on 26 August 1989 with the Trio Ex Aequo and on 19 August 1992 in Brahms’s Double Concerto, which he performed with Antje Weithaas and the Swiss Festival Orchestra under Kurt Sanderling.

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    Joyce El-Khoury

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