40min 8

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Alan Gilbert | Anne-Sophie Mutter

Fri, 02.09.18.20

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016

 

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    02.

    Sep

    Friday
    18.20

    KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

    40min 8

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Alan Gilbert | Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Alan Gilbert  conductor
    To the Memory of an Angel. Berg’s Violin Concerto

    A way to make classical music straightforward: When the workday is over but the evening has not quite begun – there’s time for music then. More exactly: for 40 minutes of music. Always at 18.20, before the “big event” symphony concerts, selected Festival artists are presented in the 40min series. Admission is free, there’s no dress code, and prior knowledge is unnecessary. For the artists not only make music but also take on the role of host and talk about what they’re playing and why they play it the way they do. Have a taste!

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

    Founded in 2003 by the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is an internationally unique training institution devoted to the music of the  20th and 21st centuries. Some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all over the world have convened there every summer since then to extensively study contemporary scores and Modernist classics in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons, which they subsequently perform. More than 1,000 graduates have attended the Academy over the past 14 years, many of whom have even participated for several summers. Since 2016 the German composer Wolfgang Rihm has served as Artistic Director, with Matthias Pintscher as Principal Conductor alongside him. They are supported by a team of internationally renowned performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. Under this new leadership, the Academy has expanded its offerings. In 2017 the Composer Seminar is taking place for a second time; here young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm and have a practical opportunity to rehearse them with ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. The Master Class in Conducting was expanded into a Conducting Fellowship that offers its students a chance to follow the work of the Academy over a three-week period. This summer the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is performing three symphony concerts under Heinz Holliger and Matthias Pintscher; with Pintscher it will tour to Cologne and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in September. The Academy students are also appearing in several ensemble concerts, such as programs for the Special Event Day on the theme of “Identity,” with composer-in-residence Michel van der Aa and “artistes étoiles” Jay Campbell and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and as part of the 40min series.

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    Alan Gilbert

    Alan Gilbert who was born in 1967, comes from a musical family: Both of his parents were violinists with the New York Philharmonic. While he was still a student at Harvard University, Gilbert was named director of the Harvard Bach Society. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and the Juilliard School in New York. In 1994 Gilbert took first prize at the Concours de Genève and also won the Georg Solti Prize. He assumed his first leadership position in 2000 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, which he helmed until 2008 and where he remains Honorary Conductor. He also served from 2003 to 2006 as Music Director of Santa Fe Opera. In 2009 Gilbert began his tenure heading the New York Philharmonic. He is the first native New Yorker to have held this position. Through such initiatives as the CONTACT! series, an annual composer residency, and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he has enhanced the Philharmonic’s focus on contemporary music. Gilbert made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 conducting John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, and in 2015 he led the first American performance of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Lincoln Center. Gilbert has conducted such acclaimed ensembles as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; in the 2015-16 season he performed his first engagements at La Scala in Milan, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Alan Gilbert has won two Grammy Awards and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2014. He is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Juilliard School.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 7 and 8 September 2014, when he led the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a pair of concerts, conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Third.

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Anne-Sophie Mutter, who was born in Rheinfelden, Germany, began her career at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, the forerunner of today’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. She made her debut in 1976, at the age of 13, as part of the “Young Artists" series. One year later she performed with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. Ever since then she has concertized around the world in all the leading music centers, continually introducing new works alongside the classical canon. She has given the world premieres of a total of 25 scores, including compositions by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and, most recently, at the 2017 Tanglewood Festival, by John Williams. She has channeled her popularity into charity projects and support for the new generation of highly talented musicians. For this purpose she established the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008, and she appears with “Mutter’s Virtuosi,” an ensemble of her scholarship students, all over the world: highlights in past months have been a European tour with the Philharmonia Zürich, on which she played Bruch’s First Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Nostalghia, the Brahms Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Riccardo Muti and with the Filarmonica della Scala under Riccardo Chailly, and an anniversary concert at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Among Anne-Sophie Mutter’s numerous distinctions are the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize. She has won four Grammy Awards. Mutter holds the Grand Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Great Austrian Order of Merit. She was named an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a program of works by de Falla, Paganini, and Sarasate, with Christoph Mutter at the piano.

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