Master Class in Conducting, day 2

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Heinz Holliger

Bartók | Koechlin | Debussy | Ligeti

Thu, 17.08.20.00No. 17472

Südpol

Vergangenes Konzert


Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    Master Class in Conducting, day 2

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Heinz Holliger

    Heinz Holliger  director
    Students of the Master Class in Conducting  
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    The Wooden Prince Sz 60. A dancing-play in one act
    Charles Koechlin (1867–1950)
    Les Bandar-log (Scherzo des singes), Op. 176
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Khamma (orchestrated by Charles Koechlin)
    György Ligeti (1923–2006)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    Just what is it exactly that a conductor does? First and foremost, he or she is a patient reader, because conductors have to know the scores they intend to perform as precisely as they possibly can, down to the merest wisp from the piccolo. And there’s more: conductors need to have already immersed themselves in depth in the score before even setting foot on the podium. For these reasons, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s master class in conducting, which is offered each summer, encompasses not only practical work with the Academy Orchestra but also lessons in theory. And therefore Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger, who will take over the first part of the master class on 15 and 17 August, are ideal to lead the class: each of them works as both a composer and a conductor and so has a double perspective. They know not only how something is “made” compositionally but also how to bring the music to life as interpreters. And the beneficiaries of this are not just young conductors but anyone who is interested in following along as an auditor.

    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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    Heinz Holliger

    Heinz Holliger was born in 1939 in Langenthal in the Canton of Bern. He studied oboe (with Émile Cassagnaud and Pierre Pierlot), piano (with Sava Savoff and Yvonne Lefébure), and composition (with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez) in Bern, Paris, and Basel. His international career as an oboist, which has taken him to the major music centers all over the world, began in 1959, when he won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva; he additionally won the ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1961 – the same year in which he made his debut at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, now known as LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Holliger has expanded the technical capacities of his instrument and remains a strong supporter of contemporary music as well as of lesser-known works. Many composers, including Henze, Ligeti, and Lutosławski, have dedicated new scores to him. In 1977 Holliger took up his career as a conductor, which soon brought him to the most renowned orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also enjoyed a longterm partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. A composer in his own right, Heinz Holliger was featured in 1998 as composer-in-residence at the IMF Luzern. His opera Schneewittchen premiered in Zurich in 2002, where his latest stage work, Lunea, which is based on scenes from Nikolaus Lenau, was produced in the spring of 2018. Holliger has received numerous awards, including the Sonning Music Prize (1987), the Frankfurt Music Prize (1988), the Siemens Music Prize (1991), the Premio Abbiati of the Biennale di Venezia (1995), the Zurich Festival Prize (2007), and, most recently, the Robert Schumann Prize (2017). He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 31 August 1961 as oboe soloist in the Passacaglia concertante by Sándor Veress, with Rudolf Baumgartner conducting the Lucerne Festival Strings.

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    Thursday, 17 August | Südpol:
    7 p.m. | Master Class in Conducting − theory to Koechlin Les Bandar-log with Otfrid Nies
    8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Master Class in Conducting with Heinz Holliger