The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Köln

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | Jay Campbell

Debussy | Francesconi | Bartók


Philharmonie Köln

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    Philharmonie Köln

    The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Köln

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | Jay Campbell

    Matthias Pintscher  composer and conductor
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Khamma (orchestrated by Charles Koechlin)
    Luca Francesconi (*1956)
    new work for cello and orchestra
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    The Wooden Prince Sz 60. A dancing-play in one act

    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.”


    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 and subsequently perform them. 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 ALUMN. 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 will perform three symphony concerts under Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger and will also open the Special Event Day on the theme of “Identity” with John Luther Adams’s Sila. Selected ensembles will also be represented in chamber music in a variety of formations on that day; in addition, they will perform works by composer-in-residence Michel van der Aa, will collaborate with artiste étoile Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and will appear as part of the 40min series. 

    May 2017

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher enjoys a close association with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where he has served as Principal Conductor since the beginning of this year. 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: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at 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 suchensembles 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, and he will undertake an Asian tour with them in the 2016-17 season. In 2014 he began a three-year collaboration as artist-in-residence with the Danish National Symphony and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. As composer-in-residence and “artist in focus” at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, he will open the new season there in September with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. He 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.

    August 2016

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    Jay Campbell

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