01.09.2018 Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | soloists - Kurtág | Eötvös | Bella | Zimmermann - Summer Festival - Lucerne Festival

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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    Symphony Concert 15

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | soloists

    György Kurtág (*1926)
    Stele for large orchestra
    Peter Eötvös (*1944)
    Reading Malevich for orchestra
    world premiere | commissioned as part of the“Roche Commissions”
    Máté Bella (*1985)
    Lethe for string orchestra
    Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918–1970)
    Dialoge. Concerto for two pianos and orchestra

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY presents a “Hungarian connection” spanning three generations. The new work by Peter Eötvös concerns the Russian painter Kasimir Malevich. Eötvös’s compatriot Máté Bella, his junior by four decades, was inspired by Greek mythology to write his enormously sensual-sounding Lethe, about the “stream of forgetting,” for string orchestra. Stele, written in 1994, is the first orchestral work by György Kurtág, the great master of small forms, into which he channeled his grief over the loss of a friend, creating an expressive music of memory. And Dialoge by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2018, is also an homage: to Claude Debussy, another composer whose anniversary is being marked this year. But along with Debussy, Mozart, jazz elements, and the ancient Pentecostal hymn Veni, creator spiritus appear in Zimmermann’s concerto for two pianos, which abounds in quotations and allusions.

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on 26 December 2018, starting at 21:00 (Lucerne time) as part of its “Neue Musik im Konzert” (“New Music in Concert”) program. 

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

    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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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been regularly associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he re-
    gards 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, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led 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 made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in February 2018 and with the London Symphony in June. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during the inaugural 2016-17 season. In this capacity, he performed there with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

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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 with Maria Curcio in London. He also participated in the seminars in analysis led by Pierre Bou-lez at IRCAM in Paris and took courses with György Kurtág in Budapest. Since winning the Messiaen Prize in Royan in 1973, he has been regarded as the authoritative interpreter of this composer’s works. When Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1976, he appointed Aimard as its solo pianist. Aimard has given the world premieres of many significant compositions since then, including Répons by Boulez, several of György Ligeti’s Etudes, and Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Responses. At the same time, he has consistently performed the “traditional” repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, which he presents in carefully thoughtout programs with unusual dramaturgical contexts. Aimard was the 2007 LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile”; he has also had residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Vienna Konzerthaus, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Southbank Centre in London. From 2009 to 2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. In the past season, Aimard gave recitals in Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, Paris, and Vienna, as well as at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, and he undertook a European tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has won many prizes, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2017; his recording of Bach’s Art of the Fugue received the Diapason d’or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique. His most recent release, which appeared this spring, is a complete recording of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux. Aimard is a professor at the Music Academy of Cologne.

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

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    Tamara Stefanovich

    The pianist Tamara Stefanovich, who was born in 1973 in Belgrad, was only seven when she made her public debut and at the age of 13 became the youngest student to attend the University of Belgrad. After graduating, she continued her training with Claude Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Music Academy of Cologne. Stefanovich performs a wide repertoire and appears regularly at the Salzburg, La Roque d’Anthéron, and Ravenna Festivals, as well as in such leading international concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonie, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and London’s Wigmore Hall. She has worked with the Cleveland, Chicago, and London Symphony Orchestras; the London Philharmonic; the Bamberg Symphony; and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; as well as with composers like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and György Kur-tág. In the 2017-18 season, she made her debut with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, undertook a European tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, and appeared with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the BBC Proms and in Aldeburgh and Birmingham. Recitals have taken her to the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Southbank Centre, the Edinburgh Festival, Monte-Carlo, and the Ruhr Piano Festival. Tamara Stefanovich regularly directs interdisciplinary education projects at the Barbican Centre in London and at the Cologne Philharmonie, and in collaboration with the Ruhr Piano Festival she has developed an interactive online guide to Boulez’s Notations. Numerous recordings document her work, the most recent of which include her account of Hans Abrahamsen’s Piano Concerto with the WDR Symphony Orchestra and concertos by Kurtág with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2005, when she joined with Pierre-Laurent Aimard to perform works by Pierre Boulez.

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    18.30 | Peter Eötvös in conversation with Mark Sattler (in German)  | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium

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