The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Berlin

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Peter Eötvös



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12.09.-18.09. 2018




    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.


    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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    Peter Eötvös

    Peter Eötvös, who was born in 1944 in Hungarian Transylvania, studied composition and piano at the Budapest Academy of Music and conducting at the Cologne Academy of Music. From 1968 to 1972 he performed as pianist and percussionist with the Karlheinz Stockhausen Ensemble, and from 1971 to 1979 he collaborated with the electronic music studio of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk. After being invited by Pierre Boulez to conduct the concert inaugurating IRCAM in Paris, in 1979 Eötvös was appointed Musical Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain; in this post, which he held until 1991, he premiered over 200 compositions. As a guest conductor he has worked primarily with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Ensemble Modern. As a composer, Peter Eötvös has created such successful 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 and in this capacity presented his violin concerto Seven, for which he received the Prix de Composition of the Prince Pierre de Monaco Foundation in 2008. Last year saw the world premiere of Cello Concerto grosso with Miklós Perényi and the Berlin Philharmonic. Eötvös has been a professor at the Music Academies of Cologne and Karlsruhe; in 1991 he founded the International Eötvös Institute in Budapest for young conductors and composers. Among the awards he has received for his artistic work are the Kossuth Prize of the Republic of Hungary (2002), the Frankfurt Music Prize (2007), and the Leone d’oro from the Venice Biennale (2011).

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

    August 2012

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