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Teodor Currentzis © Aleksey Gushchin
Teodor Currentzis @ Claudia Höhne
Symphony Concert 1
musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Until 1991, Perm located near the Urals over 1,000 kilometers northeast of Moscow, was a “forbidden city” that foreigners were not permitted to visit but only allowed to pass through via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Yet it is precisely in this remote spot that a musical revolution has occurred: in 2011 the Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis settled there with his ensemble musicAeterna and began interpreting the supposedly familiar repertoire with such fundamentally freshness, in a literally radical way, that the world has not gotten over its astonishment. Currentzis will lead two concerts at the Easter Festival – and to launch these he has another indomitable personality at his side: the Moldova-born violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who now lives in Switzerland. “The beautiful woman who is not too much given to beautiful notes, and the mystic. The child of immigrants and the fortune seeker. The anarchist and the revolutionary. What a perfect couple!” as Die Zeit recently remarked. Mozart and Beethoven would have enjoyed these artists.
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Musica Aeterna @ Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
The orchestra musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk with the aim not only of performing Baroque and Classical works as they originally sounded but also of giving a fresh impetus to the field of contemporary music. Since the 2011-12 season the ensemble, which also includes a choir, has made its home at the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Perm, where it performs annually in several productions. Over the past years, musicAeterna has developed into a sought-after export: the ensemble has toured with Currentzis to Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Moscow, and St. Petersburg and, at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, to their hall, the Philharmonie. In 2015 they performed Wagner’s Rheingold at the Ruhrtriennale, and in 2016 they presented Purcell’s Indian Queen, in a semi-staged version directed by Peter Sellars, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Musikfest Bremen. In the summer of 2017 musicAeterna makes its debut at the Salzburg Festival, where they will perform in a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and will give two concerts. Numerous recordings have appeared in recent years, including of Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos (with Alexander Melnikov), Mozart’s Requiem, the Rameau project The Sound of Light, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja) paired with Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and a highly touted recording of the Mozart-Da Ponte opera cycle: Le nozze di Figaro (2013), Così fan tutte (2014), and Don Giovanni (2016). For this cycle musicAeterna garnered two Echo Klassik Awards, and the ensemble has won the Russian National Theatre’s Golden Mask Award 17 times – more frequently than any other opera orchestra in Russia.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, performing an all-Rameau program led by Teodor Currentzis.
Teodor Currentzis, who was born in 1972 in Athens, was accepted at the age of 12 to the National Conservatory of his native city, where he initially studied violin and took up composition as well starting in 1987. In 1994 he moved to St. Petersburg and completed his studies in conducting with Ilya Musin, a legendary teacher who also taught Semyon Bychkov and Va-
lery Gergiev. Currentzis’ first leadership position brought him to the Novosibirsk State Opera in 2004, where for six years he was General Music Director. Since 2010 he has served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm. He has gained international fame with the orchestra he founded in 2004, musicAeterna, which specializes in historically informed performance practice. Currentzis has toured with this ensemble to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Philharmonie in Berlin. As an opera conductor, he has led Berg’s Wozzeck and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, as well as Verdiʼs Macbeth at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth at Zurich Opera, and Wagner’s Tristan at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Currentzis made his debut in Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2015 with Stravinsky’s Persephone and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and the summer of 2017 brings his Salzburg Festival debut with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. During the current season he is working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony and is touring with music-Aeterna in six European countries. Currentzis has twice won the Echo Klassik Award: in 2014 for his recording of Mozart’s Figaro and in 2016 for Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. This past fall, the critics of the magazine Opernwelt named him Conductor of the Year. His most recent recording, of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, was released in November 2016.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, with musicAeterna in an all-Rameau program.
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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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