Symphony Concert 15

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | soloists

Kurtág | Eötvös | Bella | Zimmermann

Sat, 01.09.18.30No. 18327

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018

 

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    Sep

    Saturday
    18.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 15

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | soloists

    Tamara Stefanovich  piano
    György Kurtág (*1926)
    Stele for large orchestra
    Peter Eötvös (*1944)
    Reading Malevich for orchestra
    “Roche Commissions” world premiere
    Máté Bella (*1985)
    Lethe for string orchestra
    Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918–1970)
    Dialogue. Concerto for two pianos and orchestra
     

    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.

    August 2017

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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.

    August 2017

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    Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    The French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who was born in 1957 in Lyon, studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. He also took part in the analysis seminars led by Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris and in clas-ses with György Kurtág in Budapest. In 1973 Aimard won the Messiaen Prize in Royan, and ever since then he has been considered the authoritative performer of this composer’s works. When Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1976, he appointed Aimard as its solo pianist. He has premiered many important compositions since then, including Répons by Boulez, several of Ligeti’s Etudes, and, in October 2014, Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Sweet Disorder. As a soloist and chamber musician he has also continued to perform the “traditional” repertoire as part of well-designed programs featuring an unusual dramaturgy. In 2007 Aimard was a focus at LUCERNE FESTIVAL as “artiste étoile”; in recent years he has also had residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Southbank Centre in London. He has served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival since 2009. In the 2014-15 season Aimard is concertizing with the DSO Berlin, the London Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra; with Tamara Stefanovich he will present Boulez’s complete works for piano to celebrate that composer’s 90th birthday. Aimard has won many awards, including the Diapason d’Or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique for his account of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. His recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I) was released in the summer of 2014. Aimard holds professorships at the Academy of Music in Cologne and at the Paris Conservatoire.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1979 in Oiseaux exotiques by Messiaen, with Miltiades Caridis conducting the Swiss Festival Orchestra.

    October 2014

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