Symphony Concert 22

Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | soloists


Sat, 02.09. | 18.30 | No. 17348

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 22

    Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | soloists

    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Behzod Abduraimov  piano (Opp. 10 and 26)
    Daniil Trifonov  piano (Op. 16)
    Sergei Redkin  piano (Opp. 53 and 55)
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

    (Daniil Trifonov)

    Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
    Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 53
    Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55

    The fate of a migrant. In 1918 Sergei Prokofiev, who was repulsed by the violence and economic decline following the October Revolution, left his Russian homeland. He made his way via Japan and Hawaii to San Francisco, to the “golden West.” Yet neither the USA nor France, where he lived beginning in the 1920s, gave him what they had promised. Prokofiev felt misunderstood and declared: “I have to go back. I need to talk to the people who are of my own flesh and blood so that they will give me what I’m lacking here: their songs, my songs.” In 1936 Prokofiev therefore settled in Moscow for good, in Stalin’s Soviet Union. But he did not find his peace there either, as he was pilloried by the system: as a decadent, formalist composer. Valery Gergiev, Behzod Abduraimov (Opp. 10 und 26), Sergej Redkin (Opp. 53 und 55), and Daniil Trifonov (Op. 16) will retrace Prokofiev’s travels across the globe as they play all five of his piano concertos in one single evening: a real Festival event!

    Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Mariinsky Orchestra ranks among Russia’s oldest ensembles. It was founded in 1783 in St. Petersburg, during the reign of Catherine the Great, as the court orchestra. In the second half of the 19th century, the orchestra was substantially shaped by Eduard Nápravník, who regularly conducted from 1863 until 1914 and who also led the concerts of the Imperial Russian Music Society for many years. The ensemble’s extraordinary quality attracted musicians from all over the world, including such composers as Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler, and Sergei Rachmaninoff and conductors like Hans von Bülow and Arthur Nikisch. Many milestones of the repertoire have been premiered by the Mariinsky Orchestra, including operas and ballets by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian. In 1935, during the Soviet era, the ensemble and its regular house (the Mariinsky Theater) were renamed the Kirov Orchestra and the Kirov Theater, respectively, after the murdered Leningrad Secretary of the Communist Party. The original names were reactivated after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Evgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov, and Yuri Temirkanov number among the conductors who decisively shaped the Mariinsky Orchestra in the 20th century. Since 1988 the orchestra has been led by Valery Gergiev, who has significantly expanded its repertoire and who has also performed such previously overlooked composers as Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Henze, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina, and Kancheli; Gergiev has especially become known for leading his musicians in regular performances around the world, from the most important festivals to the major music centers. Since 2009 the orchestra has released its recordings on its own Mariinsky house label. Global Partners of the Mariinsky Theatre: VTB Bank, Yoko Ceschina, Sberbank.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2000 in works by Bartók, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky/Ravel conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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    Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev, who was born in 1953 in Moscow and grew up in the Caucasus, studied at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music with Ilya Musin and launched his career in 1977 with his victory at the Karajan Competition in Berlin. In the following year, he began his collaboration with the Kirov Opera (now known as the Mariinsky Theater), where he made his debut with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Gergiev was named Artistic Director in 1988 and General Director in 1996; this position is associated with his lead-ership of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons Festivals as well. He has toured with the Mariinsky Ensemble to Japan, China, Israel, and the United States, as well as to many of the European music centers. In 2006 he inaugurated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg constructed specifically for the Mariinsky Orchestra. This was followed in 2013 by the opening of a second, new opera house. In 1994 Valery Gergiev made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he served as First Guest Conductor from 1997 to 2008. From 1995 to 2007 he also helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 2007 to 2015 he was the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since the fall of 2015, Gergiev has been Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. He has also guest conducted the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2019 with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Gergiev serves as Chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Com-petition and directs the Moscow Easter Festival. His native country has honored him with the Shostakovich Award and the People’s Artist of Russia Award; in 2006 he received the Polar Music Prize and the Karajan Music Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kancheli and Beethoven.

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    Behzod Abduraimov

    Behzod Abduraimov, who was born in 1990 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, began playing piano at the age of five and was initially trained by Tamara Popovich at the Uspensky State Academy of Music in his native city. In 2007 he transferred to Park University in Kansas City, where he graduated from the International Center for Music with Stanislav Ioudenitch as his mentor. Abduraimov won the London International Piano Competition in 2009 with his performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and, in 2010, the Kissinger Piano Olympics. Since then he has given concerts with many internationally renowned orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Oslo Philharmonic and has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Vladimir Jurowski, and Yuri Temirkanov. Gustavo Dudamel engaged him to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl in the summer of 2018. In the 2018-19 season, Abduraimov appeared with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; in addition, he made his debut with the Orchestre de Paris and performed works by Mozart and Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra, which he himself conducted. Abduraimov also gave recitals in Cologne, Chicago, Baden-Baden, Moscow, Vancouver, and New York. His debut CD of works by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, and Liszt, which was released in 2012, garnered the Choc de Classica as well as the Diapason Découverte. His most recent release is of piano concertos by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI under Juraj Valčuha.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 September 2017, when he was the soloist in Prokofiev’s First and Third Piano Concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.

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    Daniil Trifonov

    The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who was born in 1991 in Nizhny Novgorod, began learning piano at the age of five. In 2000, he enrolled in a course of study with Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, transferring to Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009. In 2011 Trifonov won the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv and was subsequently a victor at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where he took both first prize and the Grand Prix. Valery Gergiev, chairman of the jury for the Tchaikovsky Competition, immediately invited him to perform in concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Trifo-nov has been a regular guest with the most acclaimed international orchestras ever since, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the Filarmonica della Scala. In the 2017-18 season, he presented his Chopin Evocations project, which he has also recorded, in 20 recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He curated a seven-part “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall in New York and also appeared in five concerts at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In the fall of 2018, he will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s Third with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Daniil Trifonov is also a composer. In 2014, he presented his First Piano Concerto in Cleveland, which he has performed in recent months in New York and Detroit. Trifonov won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was named Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year in 2016, and in 2017 he received the Karajan Music Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 November 2012 performing Scriabin’s Second Piano Sonata, Liszt’s B minor Sonata, and the Préludes of Chopin.

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    Sergei Redkin

    Sergei Redkin was born in 1991 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where he began studying piano at the age of six at the State Music Academy, also taking courses early on in improvisation and composition. In 2004 he moved to St. Petersburg to undertake studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, first in the Special School for the Highly Talented and then, starting in 2009, as a regular student in the class of Alexander Sandler. He continued his composition studies with Alexander Mnatsakanyan, one of the last pupils of Shostakovich. Redkin received a scholarship from the House of Music starting in 2011 and took part several times in the Lake Como International Piano Academy, where he worked with such figures as Dmitri Bashkirov, Peter Frankl, and Fou Ts’ong. He won the International Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in 2012, the Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg in 2013, and the bronze medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015. Valery Gergiev subsequently engaged him for performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Paris, New York, and Mexico and invited him to take part in a Prokofiev marathon as part of his “MPHIL 360°” Festival in Munich, where Redkin gave accounts of the composer’s last two piano sonatas. He has performed recitals and chamber music not only in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and various other Russian cities but also in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland. In the 2017-18 season, he made his debuts with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra; he additionally performed at the Bruckner House in Linz, the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the Kissingen Piano Olympics, as well as in Basel and Brussels. Sergei Redkin has also written a number of compositions, especially in the areas of piano and chamber music.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 September 2017 in the Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos of Sergei Prokofiev as part of the Mariinsky Orchestra’s Prokofiev marathon under Valery Gergiev.

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