Symphony Concert 14

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Sir George Benjamin et al.

Liik | Planells Schiaffino | Rihm | Benjamin | Ammann

Sun, 01.09. | 19.30 | No. 19721

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 14

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Sir George Benjamin et al.

    conductor (Liik)

    conductor (Planells Schiaffino)

    Robyn Schulkowsky  percussion
    Marianna Liik (*1992)
    Kurzschluss for orchestra
    world premiere “Roche Young Commissions”
    Josep Planells Schiaffino (*1988)
    Torna for orchestra
    world premiere “Roche Young Commissions”
    Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
    Marsyas. Rhapsody for trumpet with percussion and orchestra
    George Benjamin (*1960)
    Palimpsests for orchestra
    Dieter Ammann (*1962)
    glut for orchestra

    Two novelties and three masterpieces from the recent past await us in this second orchestral concert by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Palimpsest is the term used to describe old documents in which the original text has been erased and overwritten several times, without completely disappearing. Sir George Benjamin has taken up this principle in Palimpsests, in which he superimposes a cantilena of clarinets with new layers of music. Wolfgang Rihm, for his part, was inspired by Greek myth to create a virtuoso trumpet concerto. The myth tells of the satyr Marsyas: he challenges Apollo, the god of the Muses, to a musical competition, is defeated, and is then skinned alive as punishment for his hubris. And in glut (2016), the Swiss composer Dieter Ammann makes musical abundance (a “glut”) come to a glow (German Glut). What all three composers have in common is their feeling for brilliant timbres and discernible structures, as well as their thoughtful connection to musical tradition. And we are eager to see which paths the Estonian Marianna Liik and the Spaniard Josef Planells Schiaffino will take in their respective new orchestral works.

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    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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    Ruth Reinhardt

    Ruth Reinhardt, who was born in 1988 in Saarbrücken, studied violin with Rudolf Koelman and orchestral conducting with Constantin Trinks, Johannes Schlaefli, and Ulrich Windfuhr at the Zurich University of the Arts before transferring to the Juilliard School in New York to study with Alan Gilbert; she received her master’s degree in conducting there. Master classes have led her to Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, and Paavo Järvi. Reinhardt also gained important experience at Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center (2015). She was a Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2015-16) and an Associate Fellow in Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Program (2015-17). Reinhardt began her career as assistant conductor to Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2018 and conducted various concerts there, including the ReMix series of contemporary music. In the 2017-18 season Ruth Reinhardt was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in the summer of 2018 she was Assistant Conductor of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where she took over to conduct Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar … on short notice. In the 2018-19 season, she made her debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Grosses Orchester Graz and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra; she will appear in the 2019-20 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Houston, and Los Angeles as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Opera productions she has conducted include Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber’s Der Freischütz for the North Czech Opera Company and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at Leipzig University of the Arts.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 9 September 2018, when she conducted the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar … .

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    David Fulmer

    The American conductor, composer, and violinist David Fulmer, who was born in 1981, studied composition with Milton Babbitt and violin with Robert Mann at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2016 he won the Koussevitzky Award and a Guggenheim Scholarship. He has been Music Director of the Hunter Symphony since 2017. As a guest conductor, Fulmer has worked with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble intercontemporain, ASKO| Schönberg Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Elision Ensemble, Mannes American Composers Ensemble, and Sydney Modern Music Ensemble. He has performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center; was invited to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2014; and conducted the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI at the New York Philharmonic’s NY Biennial in 2016. Fulmer is also a successful composer: after the premiere of his Violin Concerto in 2010 at New York’s Lincoln Center, he was invited to present the work in Tanglewood as well as in Europe and Australia, and he has recorded it with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Matthias Pintscher. Fulmer has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, as well as from such institutions as Carnegie Hall, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Salzburg Foundation, and he was the first American to receive the Grand Prize in the International Edvard Grieg Composer Competition.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 September 2018 in Stockhausen’s Inori with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

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    Sir George Benjamin

    Sir George Benjamin, who was born 1960 in London, started composing at the age of seven. In 1974 he began regular music studies in his native city, moving to Paris two years later to study with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod; from 1978 to 1982, he completed his education with Alexander Goehr at King’s College, Cambridge. The orchestral works Ringed by the Flat Horizon, which was premiered by the BBC Proms in 1980, and At First Light (1982) marked Benjamin’s breakthrough to international acclaim. In 2002, Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra gave the premiere of Palimpsests, which opened a portrait series dedicated to him at London’s Barbican Centre. Benjamin unveiled his first music theater work, Into the Little Hill, at the Paris Festival d’Automne in 2006. This was followed by Written on Skin in 2012 at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, which also sets a libretto by Martin Crimp and which has since been performed by 20 other companies; he continued his collaboration with Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House in London in 2018. The last decade has seen multi-concert retrospectives of the works of Benjamin, who was composer-in-residence at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2008, in San Francisco, Aldeburgh, Ojai, Frankfurt a. M., Aix-en-Provence, Milan, Turin, London, Toronto, New York, Dortmund, and Amsterdam. He is a resident artist with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in the 2018-19 season. Sir George Benjamin is additionally a successful conductor and has led the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and the Ensemble Modern. He is Professor of Composition at King’s College London. A Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Benjamin was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017.

    George Benjamin was introduced for the first time as a conductor at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2008 in a concert with the Ensemble intercontemporain and in performances of his opera Into the Little Hill.

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    Reinhold Friedrich

    Reinhold Friedrich, who was born in 1958 in Weingarten, Baden, began his career as principal trumpet with the RSO Frankfurt. After winning an award at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1986, he started to receive international engagements. Since 1999, Friedrich has worked as a freelance soloist, performing with the Berlin Baroque Soloists, La Stagione Frankfurt, the Cappella Andrea Barca, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bamberg and Vienna Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has also played principal trumpet with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA since 2003. Friedrich has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Ingo Metzmacher, and Jonathan Nott. As a chamber musician, he performs with the pianist Eriko Takezawa, the percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and the organists Martin Lücker and Sebastian Küchler-Blessing; he also belongs to the ensemble L’Éventail de Jeanne. Friedrich is moreover a master of the historical keyed trumpet and devotes himself to both early and contemporary music. He has premiered works by Wolfang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Werner Henze, and Adriana Hölszky. His recording of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Nobody knows de trouble I see and his album of Russian trumpet concertos received Echo Klassik awards. The Trumpet Collection, comprising ten CDs, was released in 2018 to mark his 60th birthday. Reinhold Friedrich has led a trumpet class at the Academy of Music in Karlsruhe since 1986; he also teaches as an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and in Hiroshima, Japan.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 19 August 2001 playing Shostakovich’s Concerto for Trumpet and Piano at a Festival Strings Lucerne matinee.

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    Robyn Schulkowsky

    The percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, who was born in South Dakota, received her training at the universities of Iowa and New Mexico (Albuquerque). She began her career in 1977 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Santa Fe before moving to Cologne in 1980 to study with Christoph Caskel. There she came into close contact with contemporary music, which has been a center of her activities ever since. Schulkowsky collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and Morton Feldman, among others, presenting their works on tours in Asia, the United States, and Africa. Her percussion quintet Glorious Percussion premiered Sofia Gubaidulina’s work of the same name. She has appeared at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Musikfest Berlin, and Holland Festival with her solo programs and with music by John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann, and Olga Neuwirth. Through her projects, Schulkowsky also seeks out encounters with artists from other genres, such as the African drummer Kofi Ghanaba, the painter and object artist Günther Uecker, the actress Edith Clever, and the choreographers Merce Cunningham and Sasha Waltz. In 1998 Schulkowsky founded the RhythmLab, through which she has given countless workshops to teach children, teenagers, and adults the rhythmic intensity of music. In 2005, together with the sound sculptor Lukas Kühne and the drummer Joey Baron, she introduced the Space and Frequency – RhythmLab, a sound sculpture at New York’s Grand Central Station. More than 20 recordings, including those with violist Kim Kashkashian and trumpeters Reinhold Friedrich and Nils Petter Molvaer, document Robyn Schulkowsky’s multifaceted art. Her most recent album, which she released with Joey Baron in 2018, is Now You Can Hear Me.

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    18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall
    Concert Introduction with Wolfgang Rihm, Ruth Reinhardt, David Fulmer, and the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY (in German and English)

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