Sinfoniekonzert 13 ─ CANCELLED

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Sylvain Cambreling | Nicolas Hodges

Webern | Stravinsky | Xenakis | Saunders

Sat, 29.08. | 18.30 | No. 20703

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Sinfoniekonzert 13 ─ CANCELLED

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Sylvain Cambreling | Nicolas Hodges

    Anton Webern (1883–1945)
    Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Movements for piano and orchestra
    Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001)
    Shaar for large string orchestra
    Anton Webern (1883–1945)
    Symphony, Op. 21
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Variations (Aldous Huxley in memoriam)
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    new work for piano and orchestra
    Roche Commissions world premiere

    On the one hand, archaic, unfettered rhythms, on the other, strictly disciplined 12-tone music: Igor Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School – Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern – are considered by many to be opposites representing two utterly different lineages of musical Modernism. But in his later years, Stravinsky took as a model none other than Anton Webern. In works such as the mini-piano concerto Movements, he turned to serial technique and declared that Webern was “a perpetual Pentecost for all who believe in music.” The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will trace this connection and also present a brand-new score by composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders. Continuing her series of major solo concertos, she has now turned to the piano – an instrument that has always been part of her life. Both her parents as well as her grandmother were pianists, while her grandfather was an organist. “The piano was always being played somewhere,” Saunders recalls of her childhood. “Both my parents owned a grand piano, there was a piano we children played on, and another one stood unused in a cupboard.”


    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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    Sylvain Cambreling

    Sylvain Cambreling, who was born in 1948 in Amiens, France, began his career as a trombonist at the Lyon Opera in 1971, earned a degree in orchestral conducting, and soon made the transition from the pit to the conductor’s podium. From 1975 to 1981 he served as Assistant Music Director at the acclaimed Lyon Music Theatre. In 1976 Pierre Boulez brought him to Paris as regular Guest Conductor of the Ensemble intercontemporain, and in 1981 Gérard Mortier appointed Cambreling Music Director at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. During his ten-year tenure there, Cambreling conducted forty new productions staged by such directors as Luc Bondy, Patrice Chéreau, Peter Mussbach, and Herbert Wernicke. In 1993 he headed to Frankfurt Opera, where he served for three years as General Administrator and General Music Director; in 1994 the magazine Opernwelt selected him as Conductor of the Year, and in 1996 his company was named best of the year. From 1999 to 2011 Cambreling was head of the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra; since 2010 he has helmed the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and in the 2012-13 season he begins his tenure as General Music Director of Stuttgart Staatsoper. He has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Festival, the Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, and the Vienna Staatsoper. In the concert hall Cambreling has collaborated with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Los Angeles and Oslo Philharmonics, and the San Francisco Symphony. He has more­over won an outstanding reputation as a champion of contemporary music, particularly through his work with the Klangforum Wien, of which he is First Guest Conductor since 1997.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 2000 in works by Rihm, Hosokawa, and Kurtág, performed by the Klangforum Wien.

    August 2012

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    Nicolas Hodges

    Nicolas Hodges, 1970 in London geboren, absolvierte seine Klavierausbildung am Winchester College und an der University of Cambridge bei Robert Bottone, Susan Bradshaw und Sulamita Aronovsky; hinzu kamen Kompositionsstudien bei Michael Finnissy und Robin Holloway. Im Zentrum seines Repertoires steht die zeitgenössische Musik, die er mit Orchestern wie dem Boston Symphony Orchestra, den Berliner Philharmonikern, dem BBC Symphony Orchestra, dem Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, dem San Francisco Symphony oder dem City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra zur Aufführung bringt. Dabei arbeitet er mit Dirigenten wie Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Susanna Mälkki, Jonathan Nott, François-Xavier Roth, Jukka-Pekka Saraste oder Leonard Slatkin zusammen. Nicolas Hodges ist regelmässiger Gast bedeutender Festivals, darunter die Donaueschinger Musiktage, das Festival d’Automne in Paris, die Salzburger Festspiele, das Tanglewood Festival, die Ars Musica Brüssel, Wien Modern, die BBC Proms sowie die Tage für Neue Musik in Zürich. Als Kammermusiker ist er seit 2013 Mitglied im Trio Accanto und arbeitet mit dem Arditti Quartet, dem Cellisten Adrian Brendel und dem Schlagzeuger Colin Currie zusammen. Renommierte Komponisten wie Elliott Carter, Thomas Adès oder Sir Harrison Birtwistle haben für Nicolas Hodges neue Werke geschrieben. Gegenwärtig komponiert Rebecca Saunders ein neues Klavierkonzert für ihn, das 2020 bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL uraufgeführt wird. Seit 2005 lehrt Nicolas Hodges als Professor für Klavier an der Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, ausserdem ist er Dozent bei den Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL am 16. August 2002 mit der basel sinfonietta unter Peter Rundel – auf dem Programm stand Keqrops von Iannis Xenakis.

    Oktober 2018

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