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!


    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.

    July 2018

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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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