Cosmos Stockhausen 2

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Lin Liao | David Fulmer et al.


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KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Cosmos Stockhausen 2

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Lin Liao | David Fulmer et al.

    Lin Liao  conductor
    David Fulmer  conductor
    Winnie Huang  dancer-mimes
    Diego Vásquez  dancer-mimes
    Paul Jeukendrup  sound design
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
    INORI. Adoration for two soloists and large orchestra
    Swiss premiere

    “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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    Lin Liao

    Die taiwanesische Dirigentin Lin Liao studierte Komposition und Klavier an der National University of the Arts in Taipeh sowie Dirigieren an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien. Ein wichtiger Mentor ihrer Karriere war Pierre Boulez, dessen Meisterkurs für Dirigenten sie 2007 im Rahmen der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY besuchte; zum Abschluss wählte er sie, gemeinsam mit Pablo Heras-Casado und Kevin John Edusei, für das Dirigat von Karlheinz Stockhausens Gruppen aus. Damals lernte Lin Liao auch Peter Eötvös kennen, der sie anschliessend als Assistentin für Konzerte beim Rotterdam Philharmonic und beim Asko|Schoenberg-Ensemble verpflichtete und ausserdem 2009 zum Holland Festival einlud. Die zeitgenössische Musik bildet einen Schwerpunkt ihrer Arbeit, ob als Chefdirigentin des Ensembles Laboratorium oder als Gast beim Ensemble Modern, beim Ensemble Aventure, beim Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin oder beim Ensemble Avantgarde. Als Erste Kapellmeisterin am Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landestheater erarbeitete sich Lin Liao überdies ein breites Musiktheater-Repertoire. Opernengagements führten sie auch an das Opernhaus Chemnitz, an die Deutsche Oper am Rhein und an die Städtischen Bühnen Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, wo sie u. a. d’Alberts Tiefland, Mozarts Entführung, Puccinis Madama Butterfly und Verdis La traviata dirigierte. Auch taiwanesischen Komponisten fühlt sie sich verpflichtet: So brachte sie am National Theater von Taipeh Chang-Fa Yius Oper The Peach Blossom Fan mit einem Ensemble der Peking-Oper sowie einem westlichen Sinfonieorchester zur Uraufführung. Im Konzertbereich leitete Lin Liao das Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, das Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, das Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal und das Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. Im Leipziger Gewandhaus war sie mehrfach mit Education-Projekten zu erleben. Mehr unter

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL im Sommer 2007; Lin Liao übernahm hier eine der drei Dirigentenpositionen bei einer Aufführung von Stockhausens Gruppen.

    August 2016

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    David Fulmer

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