Master Class in Conducting, Day 1

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Alan Gilbert

Berg | Schoenberg | Debussy

Mon, / 19.30No. 16436

KKL Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Master Class in Conducting, Day 1

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Alan Gilbert

    Participants in the Master Class  
    Alan Gilbert  director
    Gordon Kampe  work analyses
    Alban Berg (1885–1935)
    Violin Concerto To the memory of an angel
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
    Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Jeux. Poème dansé

    Every summer the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY offers support to young conductors, and this year for the first time this will be in the context of a Conducting Fellowship: the participants stay on for a three-week period. They can observe Matthias Pintscher and Susanna Mälkki in rehearsal and play an active role in Wolfgang Rihm’s Composer Seminar. The heart of the Conducting Fellowship will still remain the Master Class in Conducting, which is open to the public. Under the guidance of Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the young orchestral conductors will rehearse complex scores of the 20th century. Festival audiences meanwhile benefits from valuable insights into the art of conducting – and will get to know two works in depth: Berg’s Violin Concerto and Schoenberg’s symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande, which Gilbert himself will then conduct on 4 September.


    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.

    August 2016

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    Monday, 29 August | 2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.