40min 5

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Susanna Mälkki | Victor Hanna


KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    40min 5

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Susanna Mälkki | Victor Hanna

    Susanna Mälkki  conductor
    Victor Hanna  percussion
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    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!


    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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    Susanna Mälkki

    The Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki began her career as principal cellist with the Gothenburg Symphony, of which she was a member from 1995 to 1998. She completed her training as a conductor at the Sibelius Academy in her native Helsinki, where she studied with Jorma Panula, Eri Klas, and Leif Segerstam. She embarked on her first leadership position in 2002 as Music Director of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, which she held for three years. After she conducted the Ensemble intercontemporain for the first time in 2004 at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, she was immediately offered the post of Music Director and continued in that role from 2006 to 2013. Mälkki has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon since 2013; at the beginning of the 2016-17 season she takes over as Music Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and starting in the 2017-18 season she will also be closely associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Guest Conductor. Susanna Mälkki has also become known as an opera conductor. She has conducted the Scandinavian premiere of Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face at the Musica Nova Festival Helsinki, Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin at Finnish National Opera and at the Holland Festival, and the world premiere of Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone in Vienna. In 2011 she became the first woman conductor to perform at La Scala in Milan. She made her debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper with Janáček’s Jenůfa in 2014 and will appear for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in December 2016. Mälkki has guest conducted many renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam; the Philharmonia Orchestra; the Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; the New York Philharmonic; and the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2002 with the Orchestre Philharmonique Suisse in a program of works by Frangis Ali-Sade, Ravel, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

    August 2016

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    Victor Hanna

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