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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    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

    In 2003, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: an educational institution for music of the 20th and 21st centuries that is internationally unique. Each summer, highly talented young musicians from all around the world come together here for the opportunity to study in depth and then to perform contemporary scores and classics of modern music. Almost 1,200 graduates have taken part in the Academy over the past fifteen years, many of whom have attended for several summers. The German composer Wolfgang Rihm has been in charge of artistic leadership since 2016, with Matthias Pintscher serving as Principal Conductor. They are supported by internationally acclaimed performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. The orchestral and ensemble concerts for 2018 focus on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including performances of such pieces as Inori and Gruppen; for the latter, the Academy Orchestra joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pintscher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Duncan Ward. They will give the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s new score Reading Malevich and will also present works by Kurtág, Bella, Zimmermann, Nono, and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser. The Composer Seminar is being led for the third time this year, in which young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and other guests and rehearse them with selected LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. A Conducting Fellowship offers scholarship holders the opportunity to follow along in the Academy’s work. The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is once again participating this summer in the “Special Event Day” and appears in the “40min” series as well.

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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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