Symphony Concert 21

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | Jay Campbell et al.

Streich | Kaner | Francesconi | Bartók

Sat, 02.09.14.30Nr. 17350

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    02.

    Sep

    Saturday
    14.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 21

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | Jay Campbell et al.

    (Streich)

    Jeffrey Means  conductor
    Lisa Streich
    Segel for orchestra
    world premiere | commissioned by Roche Young Commissions
    Matthew Kaner
    Encounters for orchestra
    world premiere | commissioned by Roche Young Commissions
    Luca Francesconi (*1956)
    Das Ding singt for cello and orchestra
    world premiere of a commission by LUCERNE FESTIVAL
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    The Wooden Prince Sz 60. A dancing-play in one act

    The Academy students will present no fewer than three world premieres in their concluding concert. Joined by “artiste étoile” Jay Campbell, they will unveil Luca Francesconi’s new Cello Concerto. And they’ll introduce two representatives of the young generation composers: the Swede Lisa Streich and the Briton Matthew Kaner, who were able to prepare their respective new works for large orchestra through the Roche Young Commissions program as part of an intensive exchange with Academy Director Wolfgang Rihm. And a “founding father” of Modernism is also on the program: Béla Bartók takes up the theme of mistaken identities in his ballet The Wooden Prince. To win the attention of the haughty princess, the prince carves her a wooden doll that is his spitting image. But his beloved immediately falls in love with the wooden copy rather than with the original. For Béla Balász, who created this fairy-tale, it symbolized “the deep artistic tragedy that occurs so often: the work becomes a rival of its creator.”

    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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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been closely associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he regards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: premieres of his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier were given by the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra National de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher commands a wide repertoire, with a special focus on works of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has conducted such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he is artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Pintscher began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris, with which he undertook an Asian tour in the 2016-17 season. He was composer-in-residence and artist-in-focus at the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie for its inaugural season. This position included a performance with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, as well as the world premiere of his latest work, Shirim, with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel.

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    Gregor A. Mayrhofer

    Gregor A. Mayrhofer, who was born in 1987, studied composition, conducting, and ear training in his native Munich (with Jan Müller-Wieland), Paris (with Frédéric Durieux), and Düsseldorf (with Manfred Trojahn and Rüdiger Bohn), graduating from the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied conducting with Alan Gilbert. Other teachers who have influenced him artistically are Bernard Haitink, Fabio Luisi, Peter Eötvös, and James Ross. Since 2015 Mayrhofer has served as Assistant Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain, with which he debuted in May 2016 at the Paris Philharmonie (substituting on short notice for Pablo Heras-Casado); in 2017 he performed with the Ensemble at the Philharmonie in Cologne. His concerts as a conductor, pianist, and composer have taken him across Europe and to the United States and Russia, as well as to Opera Mauritius, where he conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2013 and Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers in 2015. Mayrhofer has collaborated with such ensembles as the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Munich Symphony, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. His works have been commissioned by the Bavarian Staatsoper and Staatsoper Hanover, Bavarian Radio, the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Scharoun Ensemble, and others. In 2013 he founded the NRW German National Academic Foundation Orchestra. Gregor A. Mayrhofer has garnered the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Tassilo Culture Prize, the Charles Schiff Conducting Award, and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and he received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and  Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 26 August 2016, conducting musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in a Late Night event featuring works by Olga Neuwirth.

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    Jeffrey Means

    The American conductor Jeffrey Means studied percussion and conducting at the New England Conservatory in Boston, which honored him with the John Cage Award and the Tourjee Alumni Award and, when he graduated, the Gunther Schuller Medal. He was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center in 2005. Over the past year, he also acquired significant experiences serving as assistant conductor at the Spoleto Festival and at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where he collaborated with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, John Kennedy, Susanna Mälkki, and Matthias Pintscher. Means specializes in contemporary music. He is the conductor and artistic director of the ensemble Sound Icon, and his interpretation of Georg Friedrich Haas’s in vain was listed by the Boston Globe as one of the “best contemporary music performances” of 2012. He has moreover conducted many other ensembles in Boston and New York, including the Firebird, Ludovico, and East Coast Contemporary Ensembles; the Callithumpian Consort; Dinosaur Annex; the Talea and Mimesis Ensembles; and the Da Capo Chamber Players. Other engagements have taken him to Finland (the Piano Espoo Festival); France (the Etchings Festival); the Composit New Music Festival in Rieti, Italy; the Fundación Música AntiquaNova in Buenos Aires; and numerous American festivals. Jeffrey Means has worked with such composers as Pierluigi Billone, Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail, Steve Reich, and Salvatore Sciarrino, conducting multiple American premieres of their works. He is a member of the Conducting Faculty at the Berklee College of Music and taught over the past academic year at the New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory as well.

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    Jay Campbell

    The American cellist Jay Campbell is an “artiste étoile” of the 2017 Summer Festival. He was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California, and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. His repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. A significant part of his formation took place at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, which he attended in the summers of  2010 and 2011; he performed here as a soloist in Boulez’s Messagesquisse and Pli selon pli under the direction of the composer himself. Campbell received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016. In the same year he was engaged by the New York Philharmonic, with whom he made his debut in 2013, as curator of the Ligeti Forward series, which he designed together with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI for the NY Phil Biennial; as part of this series, he performed György Ligeti’s Cello Concerto under the direction of Alan Gilbert. Campbell has collaborated with such composers as Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, and Kaija Saariaho, as well as with many others from his own generation. John Zorn has written more than a dozen works for him, including The Aristos, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated score; it was included on the release Hen to Pan, listed as one of the New York Times’s Best Recordings of 2015. Jay Campbell has concertized at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, California; the Krannert Center in Illinois; the Marlboro Festival; Chamber Music Northwest; the Moab Music Festival; and the Heidelberger Frühling. He is a member of the JACK Quartet and the cellist of a new piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao.

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