Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Eric Melzer
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Eric Melzer
Symphony Concert 12
Mahler Chamber Orchestra | François-Xavier Roth | Patricia Kopatchinskaja
One composer on this program, Joseph Haydn, spent the lion’s share of his composing career in the service of an enormously wealthy Hungarian dynasty, the aristocratic Esterházy family. Some 150 years later, the other, Béla Bartók, systematically studied the primitive peasant music of his Hungarian homeland as well as of the entire Balkan region. Both integrated dances and folk melodies into their works, endowing their respective musical languages with an identity of its own. And through clever “compositional science,” as Haydn called it, both combined these folkloristic elements with the forms of classical tradition. The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who commands an extremely versatile repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary music, will present a double portrait of these two “brothers in spirit” with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. And “artiste étoile” Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who herself grew up in Moldova with the folk music of southeastern Europe, will show herself to be a highly gifted Bartók performer.
Mahler Chamber Orchestra © Molinavisuals
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 nearly 20-year history, the MCO has performed in 35 countries and on five continents. Alongside co-founder Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding has played a significant role in the development of the MCO; after eight years as its leader, he was named Conductor Laureate for Life in 2011. Since 2016 Daniele Gatti has been closely associated with the ensemble as Artistic Advisor, and together they are working on a Beethoven cycle that will be presented during tours until 2020, the 250th anniversary of the compeer’s birth. In this capacity he succeeds Leif Ove Andsnes, who previously performed and recorded the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the MCO. Along with the conductor Teodor Currentzis and the violinist Isabelle Faust, the pianist Mitsuko Uchida has also collaborated as Artistic Partner since January 2016; she will perform Mozart piano concertos in particular with the ensemble, as during their Japanese tour in the coming fall. The MCO has performed regularly in Ferrara, Italy, since 1998 and has been a permanent member of LUCERNE FESTIVAL since 2003, where many musicians also participate in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. For the premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the MCO received the International Opera Award in 2013; in the spring of 2016 it presented the work in semi-staged performances conducted by the composer in Dortmund, Cologne, Barcelona, Madrid, and London. The MCO has won such awards as the Grammy and the Diapason d’Or for its recordings.
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: www.mahler-chamber.de
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François-Xavier Roth @ Marco Borggreve
The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who was born in 1971 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, began his musical career as a flutist. In the mid-1990s he decided to make a career switch and completed the conducting classes given by Janós Fürst at the Paris Conservatoire; in addition he took classes with Jorma Panula. As Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, he gained his first practical experience in his new metier and led his first concerts; he continues his association with this orchestra to the present day with regular appearances. In 2003 Roth founded his own ensemble, Les Siècles, with which he interprets works from the 17th century up to the present on period and modern instruments alike. One of the first CDs he made with the ensemble, a recording of music by Bizet and Chabrier, won the Diapason Découverte Award. In March 2009 he made his debut conducting the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, as whose Music Director he has served since 2011. With the beginning of the 2015-16 season he will also take on the role of General Music Director of the City of Cologne. Roth has guest conducted the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He will make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in the fall of 2015 and, in the spring of 2016, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Roth has appeared as an opera conductor at the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Komische Oper Berlin, and the Berlin Staatsoper. He recently released a recording of tone poems by Richard Strauss; his recording of The Firebird by Stravinsky won the Edison Prize and the German Record Critics’ Award.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 10 September 2013, conducting the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in works by Ligeti, Czernowin, Wyschnegradsky and Haas.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Julia Wesely
The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who was born in 1977 in Chişinău in the Republic of Moldova, comes from a musical family – her mother also plays violin and her father performs on the cimbalom. In 1989 the family emigrated to Vienna, where the 16-year-old Kopatchinskaja began her studies at the Conservatory; four years later she transferred to the University of the Arts in Bern, where she completed her training with Igor Ozim. She became known in professional circles through her victory at the International Szeryng Competition (2000); in 2002 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Today Patricia Kopatchinskaja works with leading orchestras and generates a buzz through her unusual, often radical performances. Equally at home in early music, the Romantic repertoire, and modern music, she is also an animated chamber musician and creates staged concerts. During the current season, she is artist-in-
residence at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and at London’s Wigmore Hall; in the summer of 2017 she will be a significant presence on Lucerne’s Summer Festival programming in her role as “artiste étoile.” Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, she has performed Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic, as well as Prokofiev’s Second Concerto with the London Philharmonic; she played Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on a tour with the Vienna Symphony and Teodor Currentzis. Kopatchinskaja’s recordings have won the Echo Klassik Award (2009 and 2013), the International Classical Music Award, the Prix Caecilia, and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year Award. Her most recent releases include the violin concertos of Schumann (conducted by Heinz Holliger) and Tchaikovsky (with Currentzis) as well as the album Death and the Maiden, featuring works by composers from Dowland to Kurtág.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2002 playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons.
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