Mattias Pintscher © Manuela Jans/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
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Mattias Pintscher © Manuela Jans/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Hamburg
Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher
The relationship between the individual and the crowd is a theme that has preoccupied Austrian composer Friedrich Cerha throughout his life – including in his orchestral cycle Spiegel, which he conceived in 1960-61 as a kind of “world theater” about the “genre ‘human’”: “It became clear to me only many years later that my terrible experiences during the war also lie behind it. I experienced the horrors of the Austrian civil war when I was 7 and, after that, the semi-fascist corperative state. During the war I became a deserter as a soldier twice and after that arrived in this Vienna, which at the time was truly ossified and conservative. I could never feel integrated into the community but always felt myself in opposition to it.” Cerha’s Spiegel broke with “pure” serialist doctrine, creating vividly pulsating sonorities. “I constantly had visions, sometimes large Rothko-like surfaces, sometimes Munch paintings, and then Turner or simply landscapes long familiar to me that blended into one another,” is how Cerha’s Hungarian colleague György Kurtág describes the fascinating impression of this music.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY © Stefan Deuber/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
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 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 2017Other dates
Matthias Pintscher © Felix Broede
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 whom he undertook an Asian tour in the 2016-17 season. He served as 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 in April 2017 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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