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







    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    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 1,000 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 Mivos Quartet, the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, and the composers Dai Fujikura and Ondřej Adámek, as well as many musicians who have since gone on to become members of internationally accomplished orchestras, performers of chamber music and experimental projects, or teachers at conservatories. A total of 113 of these alumni have traveled to Lucerne for this Boulez memorial concert, forming the Orchestra of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Alumni, which is performing for the first time today. Most of them worked with Pierre Boulez himself, whether in symphonic or chamber ensemble concerts, in rehearsals or workshops; some of them even participated in the Academy for three, four, or even five summers – thus forming the personified legacy of Boulez’s pedagogical work at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. The 113 musicians of the Alumni Orchestra come from four continents: North and South America, Asia, and Europe; their nationalities bring together 25 different countries. Men and women are almost equally represented in this orchestra. All members of the Alumni Orchestra also belong to the network of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, which was established in 2013 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Academy; since 2014 it has enriched the Festival’s programming with selected concerts in the area of modern music and interdisciplinary projects.

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher enjoys a close association with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where he has served as Principal Conductor since the beginning of this year. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he regards 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, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher commands a wide repertoire, with a special focus on works of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has conducted suchensembles 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 is artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Pintscher began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris, and he will undertake an Asian tour with them in the 2016-17 season. In 2014 he began a three-year collaboration as artist-in-residence with the Danish National Symphony and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. As composer-in-residence and “artist in focus” at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, he will open the new season there in September with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. He teaches composition at the Juilliard School in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel.

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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.

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    With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

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