The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Paris

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Gergely Madaras



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12.09.-18.09. 2018




    The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Paris

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Gergely Madaras

    Gergely Madaras  conductor
    Jamil Attar  dancer-mimes
    Emmanuelle Grach  dancer-mimes
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
    INORI. Adoration for two soloists and large orchestra

    “The new function of music must be a religious one,” declared Karlheinz Stockhausen in his early years. Yet it was not until the 1970s, intensified through his encounter with East Asia and Zen Buddhism, that the spiritual orientation of his creative work clearly manifested itself … and unsettled Stockhausen’s avant-garde colleagues, who were completely fixated on the political dimension of art. In Inori (the title is Japanese and means “prayer, invocation”), two dance-mimes are enthroned high above the 89-member orchestra on a scaffold. From there they highlight the music with prayer gestures that Stockhausen borrowed from different religions and for which he developed his own notation. But to rehearse these ritualistic movement processes needs time. And so two young dancer couples have been preparing since last summer for both Lucerne performances, instructed by Alain Louafi and Kathinka Pasveer, who collaborated closely with Stockhausen himself.


    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.

    August 2017

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    Gergely Madaras

    Der 1984 in Budapest geborene Dirigent Gergely Madaras studierte zunächst Flöte an der Franz-Liszt-Akademie seiner Heimatstadt. Anschliessend wechselte er an die Universität für Musik nach Wien, wo er die Dirigentenklasse absolvierte. Die zeitgenössische Musik zählte von Anfang an zu seinen Interessensschwerpunkten: Schon 2004 gründete er gemeinsam mit der Flötistin Noemi Gyori in seiner ungarischen Heimat das IKZE Festival, ein Musikfestival für junge Komponisten, und bald darauf trat er auch beim Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music und bei Wien Modern auf. Seine Verpflichtung im Rahmen des «Composer Project» der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, bei der er seit 2011 auch als Assistent von Pierre Boulez tätig ist, fügt sich in diese Linie seines Wirkens. Doch Gergely Madaras ist auch als Dirigent im traditionellen Repertoire erfolgreich: 2011/12 dirigierte er im Rahmen von Meisterkursen bei Mariss Jansons, Colin Davis und Mark Elder das Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, das London Symphony Orchestra und das Hallé Orchestra. Einladungen führten ihn ans Pult des RSO Wien, des Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, des Scottish Chamber Orchestra, der London Mozart Players und der Wiener Symphoniker. 2012 wurde Madaras das «Charles Mackerras Fellowship» verliehen, das ihm eine enge Verbindung mit der English National Opera ermöglicht: Dort wird er 2013/14 mit einer Neuproduktion von Mozarts Zauberflöte debutieren, die Simon McBurney inszeniert. Ausserdem übernimmt er mit der neuen Spielzeit das Amt des Chefdirigenten und Künstlerischen Direktors beim Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne, wo er u. a. Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Griegs Peer Gynt und Werke von Mendelssohn und Mozart zur Aufführung bringen wird.

    Juli 2013