Memorial Concert for Pierre Boulez

Orchestra of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Matthias Pintscher | Yeree Suh

Boulez | Berg | Stravinsky

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

12.03.-20.03. 2016




    Memorial Concert for Pierre Boulez

    Orchestra of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Matthias Pintscher | Yeree Suh

    Yeree Suh  soprano
    Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)
    Don from Pli selon pli. Portrait de Mallarmé for soprano and orchestra
    Commemorative speech by Wolfgang Rihm
    Alban Berg (1885–1935)
    Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Le sacre du printemps
    Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)
    Mémoriale (... explosante-fixe ... Originel) for flute and eight instruments
    With Profound Gratitude – Memorial Concert in Honor of Pierre Boulez
    LUCERNE FESTIVAL commemorates Pierre Boulez with a memorial concert that is being held during the 2016 Easter Festival. The French composer and conductor, who died on 5 January 2016, had a profoundly definitive influence on the Festival. Through the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, which he led from 2003 to 2015, he created a training campus unique around the world where he introduced more than 1,000 students to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. This memorial concert has been designed by former participants in the Academy who are traveling from across Europe, Asia, the United States, and American expressly for this performance. The concert will be framed by compositions by Pierre Boulez that were themselves created as tributes to other figures. In addition the program will include works by two composers Boulez revered throughout his life: Igor Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps and Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6, which Boulez conducted during his last Lucerne performance on 11 September 2011. Wolfgang Rihm, the new Artistic Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, will give a commemorative speech about Pierre Boulez. Conducting the memorial concert will be Matthias Pintscher, the Academy’s Principal Conductor.


    Ever since it was founded in 2003, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has provided training to more than 1,200 highly talented young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from around the world. To date the alumni have included such renowned artists as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally accomplished orchestras,  who perform in chamber music and experimental projects, or who teach at conservatories. A large portion of them remain closely associated with the Festival. Selected former Academy students come back to Lucerne regularly as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. They enrich the programming through performances in the field of contemporary music, in the 40min series, or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG; they are moreover available to provide  help and advice to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other in order to execute their own projects around the world. The result is a uniquely international network of young musicians. For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer  Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”

    May 2017

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been regularly associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he re-
    gards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra national de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in February 2018 and with the London Symphony in June. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during the inaugural 2016-17 season. In this capacity, he performed there with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

    July 2018

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    Yeree Suh

    The Korean soprano Yeree Suh, who studied voice in Seoul, Berlin, and Leipzig and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, made her debut in 2003 as Nina in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo under René Jacobs at the Innsbruck Festival for Early Music. Since then she has worked with such renowned conductors in the realm of historically informed performance practice as Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Andrea Marcon, and Masaaki Suzuki; at the same time, she has also made a name as a performer of contemporary music. Thus she has performed Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with the Ensemble intercontemporain in New York, has sung in Boulez’s Pli selon pli at the Berlin Music Festival, and has appeared in Rihm’s Drei Frauen at the Theater Basel. In the 2013-14 season Suh will perform in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Innsbruck Festival and will record Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Sigiswald Kuijken; she will also perform several lieder recitals with Jos van Immerseel.

    July 2013


    With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
    With the friendly support of Roche

    Broadcast date
    Radio SRF 2 Kultur | Broadcast on Wednesday, 30 March at 10 pm.