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Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Barbara Hannigan


KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016



    Barbara Hannigan  soprano and conductor
    The Singing Conductor

    A way to make classical music straightforward: When the workday is over but the evening has not quite begun – there’s time for music then. More exactly: for 40 minutes of music. Always at 18.20, before the “big event” symphony concerts, selected Festival artists are presented in the 40min series. Admission is free, there’s no dress code, and prior knowledge is unnecessary. For the artists not only make music but also take on the role of host and talk about what they’re playing and why they play it the way they do. Have a taste!

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 by former members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Today some 45 musicians from 20 nations form the core of this independently financed ensemble, which performs about 180 concerts each year. Over the course of its 21-year history, the MCO has performed on five continents. In addition to co-founder Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding has had lasting influence on the development of the MCO; after eight years as its leader, he was named Conductor Laureate for Life in 2011. Daniele Gatti has been closely associated with the ensemble as Artistic Advisor since 2016; they have already performed a Beethoven cycle and will also take on the major symphonic repertoire together in the coming years. Collaborating in the role of Artistic Partners are the conductor Teodor Currentzis, the violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who will perform the Mozart piano concertos with the ensemble over several seasons. Among the highlights of recent years is the award-winning project Beethoven Journey with Leif Ove Andsnes, which presented the complete Beethoven piano concertos and which has also been released as a recording. The MCO is a regular guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where many of its musicians also participate in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. In 2018 the MCO launched a long-term collaboration with the Heidelberg Spring Festival and had a residency at the Ojai Festival in California. The MCO received the International Opera Award in 2013 for the premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; in 2018 it performed this work at the Holland Festival. The MCO’s discography has garnered such distinctions as the Grammy Award and the Diapason d’or. In 2017 it received the German Design Award for its branding.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 8 September 1999 in a program of works by Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Kurt Masur.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: http://www.mahlerchamber.com

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    Barbara Hannigan

    Born in Waverley, Nova Scotia, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigancompleted her vocal training in 1998 with Mary Morrison at the University of Toronto, earning a master’s degree in music. She went on to pursue additional studies with Meinard Kraak at the Royal Conservatory in The Haag, later taking private lessons with Neil Semer. Hannigan initially became known as an internationally sought-
    after interpreter of contemporary music. To date she has performed more than 80 world premieres, working
    with such composers as  Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, Gerald Barry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pascal Dusapin, and Hans Abrahamsen. Along with her vocal skills, she is also celebrated for her dramatic presence on the operatic stage. Highlights of recent years have included Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze and Alban Berg’s Lulu in Brussels, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin in Aix-en-Provence, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in Munich. But she is also at home in the traditional repertoire: in 2014 she made her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, which was followed, in 2016, by her first performance as Debussy’s Mélisande in Aix-en-Provence. In the concert hall she regularly works with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic and also with such conductors as Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Jurowski, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Since 2011 Hannigan has herself performed as a conductor, mostly in connection with her commitments as a singer. She has conducted concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic. In 2013 Barbara Hannigan was chosen as Singer of the Year in the annual survey of the magazine Opernwelt.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 24 August 2008 as part of the Pollini Project with works by Luigi Nono.

    August 2016

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