The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Berlin

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Peter Eötvös

Stockhausen

Tue, 18.09.19.00

Berlin Philharmonie

Vergangenes Konzert


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14.10.-22.10. 2018

 

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    The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Berlin

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Peter Eötvös

    Peter Eötvös  conductor
    Winnie Huang  dancer-mimes
    Diego Vásquez  dancer-mimes
    Paul Jeukendrup  sound design
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
    INORI. Adoration for two soloists and large orchestra

    After having given the Swiss premiere of Inori in Lucerne, a highlight of the “Kosmos Stockhausen” series, the musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will travel to Paris and Berlin to continue with guest performances of the work there. Stockhausen’s avant-garde colleagues were perplexed by Inori when it was introduced in 1974 and for the first time revealed a spiritual orientation to the composer’s work. Throned on a pedestal high above the orchestra, two dancers accompany the orchestra’s meditative sounds with prayer gestures from different religions, for which Stockhausen developed a special notation of his own. It’s a 70-minute ritual that the dancer-mimes have spent months preparing and rehearsing. Which is why Inori is rarely performed.

    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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    Winnie Huang

    The Chinese-Australian violinist and violist Winnie Huang lives in France and is a founding member of the new music ensemble soundinitiative, which is headquartered in Paris. She also regularly performs with such groups as United Instruments of Lucilin, Ensemble Linea, and the Australian Argonaut Ensemble. In addition, she has appeared at such festivals as ARS Musica in Brussels, the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemässer Musik, the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, the Brisbane Festival, and the Ruhrtriennale. She has worked with such composers as Peter Ablinger, Georges Aperghis, Joanna Bailie, Raphaël Cendo, Bernhard Lang, and Alexander Schubert, performing the world premieres of many works. Her special interest as a performer, which she is also pursuing in her master’s thesis at the University of Strasbourg, involves musical-gestural projects that she has developed together with the composers.

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    Diego Vásquez

    Diego Vásquez was born in Washington, D.C., and, after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College (in music and dance), studied clarinet with Charles Neidich at Mannes College/The New School for Music in New York, which awarded him the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence. At present, he is continuing his education with Ayako Oshima at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut, where he is also writing his doctoral thesis on Richard Wagner with Ira Braus. Vás-quez is principal clarinet at the Berkshire Opera Festival and has guest performed with the Norwalk Symphony, the Hartford Opera Theatre, the New Britain Symphony, the Ensemble Mise-en, and American Lyric Theatre. He also acquired important experience from the Stockhausen seminars in Kürten and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where he collaborated with Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Matthias Pintscher.

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