40min 6

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Peter Eötvös

“Prayers for Dance-Mimes”

Fri, 31.08.18.20

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018

 

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    40min 6

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Peter Eötvös

    Peter Eötvös  conductor

    “Prayers for Dance-Mimes: Stockhausen’s Inori

    A way to make classical music straightforward: When the workday is over but the evening has not quite begun – there’s time for music then. More exactly: for 40 minutes of music. Always at 18.20, before the “big event” symphony concerts, selected Festival artists are presented in the 40min series. Admission is free, there’s no dress code, and prior knowledge is unnecessary. For the artists not only make music but also take on the role of host and talk about what they’re playing and why they play it the way they do. Have a taste!

    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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    Peter Eötvös

    Composer, conductor, and educator: Peter Eötvös combines these three roles in an extraordinary career. Born in 1944 in Hungarian Transylvania, he studied composition and piano at the Budapest Academy of Music and conducting at the Cologne Academy of Music. He was a member of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ensemble from 1968 to 1976, playing piano and percussion, and from 1971 to 1979 he worked at WDR’s Studio for Electronic Music. In 1978, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, Eötvös was appointed music director of the Ensemble intercontemporain – a position he held until 1991. As a conductor, he has worked with ensembles as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam; the BBC Symphony Orchestra; the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the Gothenburg Symphony; the Vienna, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestras; and the Ensemble Modern. From 1994 to 2005, he led the Hilversum Radio Chamber Orchestra and, in 2015, together with the London Symphony Orchestra, performed a concert for Boulez’s 90th birthday. Last season he was the resident artist with the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and in the 2018-19 season he will serve as Capell-Compositeur with the Staatskapelle Dresden. As a composer, Eötvös has enjoyed successes with such operas as Tri Sestri, Angels in America, Love and Other Demons, and Die Tragödie des Teufels. In 2007 he was composer-in-residence at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where he presented the world premiere of his Violin Concerto Seven. His orchestral piece Reading Malevich is being premiered here on 1 September. Eötvös has taught at the Music Academies of Cologne and Karlsruhe; in 1991 he founded the International Eötvös Institute in Budapest and its associated Foundation for Young Conductors and Composers. He has received numerous awards for his artistic work, the most recent of which include the Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen (2016) and the Goethe Medal (2018).

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 6 September 1987 with the Ensemble intercontemporain in works by Varèse to Carter.

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