Debut 4 – Conductor

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Elim Chan

Adams | Saariaho | Bartók

Tue, 16343

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Debut 4 – Conductor

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Elim Chan

    Elim Chan  conductor
    John Adams (*1947)
    The Chairman Dances
    Kaija Saariaho (*1952)
    “Terra Memoria” (version for string orchestra)
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Concerto for Orchestra Sz. 116
    Since 1964 the Festival in Lucerne has offered special series of concerts to give a platform to young female and male artists who show great promise for the future. And just think of the names who have appeared in this context: Jacqueline du Pré, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Frank Peter Zimmermann, the Hagen Quartet, Christian Tetzlaff, Paul Lewis, Daniil Trifonov, and and and … But up to now all of the candidates were either instrumentalists or singers – a conductor making a debut is an absolute novelty! In the summer of 2016 LUCERNE FESTIVAL extends the range, opening it up with a female conductor: “prima la donna.” Elim Chan does the honors. Born in 1986 in Hong Kong and based in the UK, she won the 2014 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and is currently Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, where she leads various Discovery Concerts. She has chosen to make her Lucerne debut with, among other works, Bartók’s marvelous Concerto for Orchestra, a highly virtuosic modernist classic.


    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.

    July 2018

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    Elim Chan

    Die 1986 in Hong Kong geborene Dirigentin Elim Chan absolvierte ihre Ausbildung am Smith College in Northampton (Massachusetts) und bei Kenneth Kiesler an der University of Michigan. Dort sammelte sie wichtige Pulterfahrungen als Music Director des Campus Symphony Orchestra und des Michigan Pops Orchestra. 2013 wurde ihr das «Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship» verliehen; 2015 gehörte sie zu den aktiven Teilnehmern im Meisterkurs von Bernard Haitink beim Luzerner Oster-Festival und konnte in diesem Rahmen die Festival Strings Lucerne dirigieren. Bereits im Dezember 2014 hatte Elim Chan als erste Frau die «Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition» gewonnen, ein wichtiger Wettbewerbserfolg, der ihr die Position des Assistant Conductor beim London Symphony Orchestra eintrug. Dort leitete sie in der Saison 2015/16 mehrere Discovery und Education Concerts. Und sie arbeitete mit Chefdirigent Valery Gergiev zusammen, der sie prompt für ein Konzert mit dem Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg einlud und sie obendrein mit einem Gastspiel seines Ensembles in Mexiko betraute: Bei den beiden Aufführungen im März 2016 standen Werke von Rachmaninow und Schostakowitsch auf dem Programm. Zuvor schon, im Januar 2016, hatte Elim Chan ihren Einstand beim Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento gefeiert. Im Dezember 2015 konnte sie sich überdies in ihrer Geburtsstadt als Dirigentin des Hong Kong Philharmonic vorstellen. Weitere Auftritte führten sie zum Orchestre National de Lille, zum Toledo Symphony Orchestra und zum Orchestre de la Francophonie in Ottawa. Ihre Pläne für die nächste Saison umfassen Auftritte an der NorrlandsOperan im schwedischen Umeå, wo sie 2017 das Amt der Chefdirigentin antritt, beim Gävle Symfoniorkester, beim Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie und beim Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.

    August 2016