Cosmos Stockhausen 2

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


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KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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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.


    With the friendly support of:
    B. Braun Medical AG
    Kunststiftung NRW

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    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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    Lin Liao

    The Taiwanese conductor Lin Liao studied composition and piano at the National University of the Arts in Taipei and conducting at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Pierre Boulez was an important mentor, and she took his master class in conducting as part of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in 2007; he then chose her to co-conduct Stockhausen’s GRUPPEN. Lin Liao also became acquainted at that time with Peter Eötvös, who subsequently engaged her as his assistant for concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, additionally inviting her to the Holland Festival in 2009. Contemporary music is a focus of her work, whether as Chief Conductor of the Ensemble Laboratorium or as a guest conductor with the Ensemble Modern, the Collegium Novum Zürich, the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and the Ensemble Aventure, as well as at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the ManiFeste in Paris, and the Klangspuren Schwaz. As First Kapellmeisterin at the Schleswig-Holstein Landestheater, Lin Liao has moreover developed a wide-ranging music theater repertoire. Operatic credits include the Chemnitz Opera House, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the municipal theaters of Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, where she has conducted such works as d’Albert’s Tiefland, Mozart’s Entführung, and Verdi’s La traviata. She also feels a commitment to Taiwanese composers and led the world premiere of Chang-Fa Yiu’s opera The Peach Blossom Fan at the National Theater of Taipei with an ensemble of Peking Opera players and a Western symphony orchestra. In the concert hall, Lin Liao has led the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. She has been involved in several educational projects with the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 1 September 2007, as one of the three conductors for a performance of Stockhausen’s GRUPPEN with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

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    David Fulmer

    The American conductor, composer, and violinist David Fulmer, who was born in 1981, studied composition with Milton Babbitt and violin with Robert Mann at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2016 he won the Koussevitzky Award and a Guggenheim Scholarship. He has been Music Director of the Hunter Symphony since 2017. As a guest conductor, Fulmer has worked with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble intercontemporain, ASKO| Schönberg Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Elision Ensemble, Mannes American Composers Ensemble, and Sydney Modern Music Ensemble. He has performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center; was invited to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2014; and conducted the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI at the New York Philharmonic’s NY Biennial in 2016. Fulmer is also a successful composer: after the premiere of his Violin Concerto in 2010 at New York’s Lincoln Center, he was invited to present the work in Tanglewood as well as in Europe and Australia, and he has recorded it with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Matthias Pintscher. Fulmer has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, as well as from such institutions as Carnegie Hall, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Salzburg Foundation, and he was the first American to receive the Grand Prize in the International Edvard Grieg Composer Competition.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 September 2018 in Stockhausen’s Inori with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

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    Winnie Huang

    The Chinese-Australian violinist and violist Winnie Huang lives in France and is a founding member of the new music ensemble soundinitiative, which is headquartered in Paris. She also regularly performs with such groups as United Instruments of Lucilin, Ensemble Linea, and the Australian Argonaut Ensemble. In addition, she has appeared at such festivals as ARS Musica in Brussels, the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemässer Musik, the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, the Brisbane Festival, and the Ruhrtriennale. She has worked with such composers as Peter Ablinger, Georges Aperghis, Joanna Bailie, Raphaël Cendo, Bernhard Lang, and Alexander Schubert, performing the world premieres of many works. Her special interest as a performer, which she is also pursuing in her master’s thesis at the University of Strasbourg, involves musical-gestural projects that she has developed together with the composers.

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    Diego Vásquez

    Diego Vásquez was born in Washington, D.C., and, after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College (in music and dance), studied clarinet with Charles Neidich at Mannes College/The New School for Music in New York, which awarded him the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence. At present, he is continuing his education with Ayako Oshima at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut, where he is also writing his doctoral thesis on Richard Wagner with Ira Braus. Vás-quez is principal clarinet at the Berkshire Opera Festival and has guest performed with the Norwalk Symphony, the Hartford Opera Theatre, the New Britain Symphony, the Ensemble Mise-en, and American Lyric Theatre. He also acquired important experience from the Stockhausen seminars in Kürten and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where he collaborated with Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Matthias Pintscher.

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