Lisa Batiashvili © Chris Singer
Lisa Batiashvili © Chris Singer
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Philadelphia Orchestra | Yannick Nézet-Séguin | Lisa Batiashvili
She was born in Georgia, is married to a Frenchman, lives with her family in Munich, and, as a star violinist, is at home all over the world: Lisa Batiashvili is indeed multicultural. For this concert, she will show that she has also made diversity her artistic premise with two works. She appreciates the many surprising twists and turns in Karol Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto: “It’s about tenderness and love, and certainly also about despair. You need a wide range of expression for that.” The Frenchman Ernest Chausson, for his part, initially wanted to call his Poème “Le chant de l’amour triomphant,” after the story of the same name by Ivan Turgenev, which builds a bridge from the Italian Renaissance to distant Ceylon. Chausson’s sound world seems correspondingly “diverse.” After intermission, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has some astonishing insights in store: Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony contradicts all clichés of the “primitive Bohemian musician”; instead, it shows how artfully Dvořák was able to stage drama, heroic pathos, and orchestral monumentality.
Philadelphia Orchestra © Ryan_Donnell
Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra can look back over a glorious history of 111 years. Throughout this entire period only seven conductors have held office as music directors. After Fritz Scheel and Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski (1912–41) headed the orchestra, followed by Eugene Ormandy, whose tenure spanned an even longer era, until 1980. Afterward, the top position was held by Riccardo Muti (1980–92), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993–2003), and Christoph Eschenbach (2003–08). The current chief conductor, Charles Dutoit, will be appointed to conductor laureate in 2012, when he passes on the reins to the young Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin. During the season between September and May, the Philadelphia Orchestra gives some 130 concerts in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2001. The musicians perform as well in annual residencies at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Mann Center in Fairmount Park, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado; they also make regular appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Phila-delphia Orchestra has been responsible for a remarkable series of premieres: It has given the first American performances of such works as Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. It was the first American orchestra to undertake a transcontinental tour in 1936 and has similarly been a pioneer with performances in the People’s Republic of China (1973) and in Vietnam (1999). Following a major tour of Asia in 2010, the Philadelphia Orchestra is traveling across Europe this summer, with appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, the Musikfest Berlin, the BBC Proms, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and elsewhere.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1982 in Schumann’s Fourth and Mahler’s First Symphony conducted by Riccardo Muti.
August 2011Other dates
Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Born in Montreal in 1975, Yannick Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. At the age of 19, he met Carlo Maria Giulini, whom he followed during rehearsals and who became an important model. Following initial positions with his own ensembles and as choral director at the Opéra de Montréal, Nézet-Séguin was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal in 2000. From 2008 to the summer of 2018, he served as Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor; since 2012, he has been at the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and since 2018, he has also served as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he will launch new productions of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Verdi’s Don Carlo in 2021-22. Nézet-Séguin appears with the leading European orchestras: the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2014. In the U.S., he has also conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Nézet-Séguin made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 with Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; he has also appeared as a guest conductor at London’s Royal Opera House, La Scala in Milan, and the Vienna Staatsoper. At the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, he has led a cycle of the great Mozart operas, all of which were recorded. In June 2021, he released his first solo CD as a pianist, Introspection, featuring works by composers from Bach to Berio. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who holds multiple honorary doctorates, is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and an Officier de l’Ordre de Montréal. He was named Artist of the Year by Musical America in 2016.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 September 2011, when he led the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Messiaen, Debussy, Schubert, and Ravel.
July 2021Other dates
Lisa Batiashvili, who was born in 1979 to musician parents in Tbilisi, moved with her family to Germany in 1991, where she continued her violin studies with Mark Lubotski in Hamburg and with Ana Chumachenco in Munich. In 1995 she won second prize in the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, where she was the youngest participant. In 2003 followed the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and in 2006 she won the Beethoven Ring in Bonn. Today Batiashvili concertizes regularly with the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. In the 2017-18 season, she was artist-in-residence with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and performed with the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Munich Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Christian Thielemann have sought to collaborate with her. Batiashvili is not only dedicated to the repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century but is also committed to contemporary music. She has given the world premieres of violin concertos by Magnus Lindberg and Anders Hillborg; Giya Kancheli and Thierry Escaich have also written double concertos for her and her husband, the oboist François Leleux. Starting in 2019, she will take on artistic leadership of the summer concerts in Ingolstadt. Lisa Batiashvili has won two Echo Klassik Awards, and she has additionally garnered the Midem Classical Award and the Choc de l’année. She performs on a Guarneri del Gesù built in 1739.
July 2018Other dates
Introduction to the Concert | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
with Susanne Stähr (in German)