Debut 4 – Conductor

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Elim Chan

Adams | Saariaho | Bartók

Tue, 30.08.12.15No. 16343

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016

 

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    30.

    Aug

    Tuesday
    12.15

    KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

    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.

    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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    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.

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