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Symphony Concert 20
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra | Lahav Shani | Vilde Frang
It seemed like a symbolic act: when Daniel Barenboim had the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra play a second encore at the 2015 Summer Festival, he ceded his place and asked his assistant – Lahav Shani – to step up to the podium. The passing of the baton between generations, which was then a foregone conclusion, has now taken place. Born in 1989, Shani has led the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since the autumn of 2018, and he now performs with this ensemble for the first time in Lucerne; in 2020 he will succeed Zubin Mehta as head of the Israel Philharmonic. This young maestro, whose “soft, flowing, elegant, almost dance-like baton technique” is praised by the press, should not be missed – the future belongs to him. With the monumental Fifth by Anton Bruckner, he has chosen for his debut a work that demands everything, from powerful climactic build-ups and complex polyphony to mystical inwardness. Before that, the young Norwegian Vilde Frang will perform Max Bruch’s highly Romantic First Violin Concerto: the art of the violin at its finest, music to indulge in.
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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra can look back over a history of more than 100 years. Founded in 1918, it initially comprised musicians who made music together purely for their own pleasure; but starting in 1930, when Eduard Flipse took on leadership, it became professionalized and began its ascent to one of the leading orchestras of the Netherlands. After Flipse retired in 1962, he was succeeded by Franz-Paul Decker, Jean Fournet, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, James Conlon, and Jeffrey Tate as Chief Conductor. For a 13-year period, from 1995 to 2008, Valery Gergiev helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, establishing its international reputation. Among his innovations were founding the annual Gergiev Festival, which the maestro continues to direct. (This year’s edition, starting next week, explores the theme “Paris, mon amour.”) From 2008 to the summer of 2018, Yannick Nézet-Séguin served as Music Director in Rotterdam; upon his departure, he was named Honorary Conductor. Since the fall of 2018, the young Israeli maestro Lahav Shani has taken over the reins; the orchestra went on a tour of China with him in the early summer of 2019. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has been headquartered in the cultural center “De Doelen” since 1966, whose grand concert hall seats 2,200. Along with the symphony concerts that take place there, the orchestra also regularly performs opera at the Dutch National Opera and is resident orchestra of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Through its concerts, tours, and education programs, the orchestra annually reaches an audience of from 150,000 to 200,000 music lovers. A rich catalogue of recordings ranging from those documenting the era of its founding under Eduard Flipse to its most recent releases under Yannick Nézet-Séguin reflects the orchestra’s artistic achievements.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999, under the direction of Valery Gergiev.
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Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve
Lahav Shani, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1989, began taking piano lessons at the age of six. He later studied with Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta Academy of Music in his native city, completing his education at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where he studied conducting with Christian Ehwald and piano with Fabio Bidini. Daniel Barenboim became his mentor during this time. Shani won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in 2013, which launched his international career. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra since 2017 and Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018; in 2020 he will succeed Zubin Mehta as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, where he made his debut as a solo pianist in 2007 playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. In addition, Shani has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the London and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has continued his career as a pianist and has led performances from the keyboard with such ensembles as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. With the Capuçon brothers, he appeared as the piano soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 he gave a solo recital in Berlin’s Boulez Saal. Lahav Shani is also a passionate chamber musician and has performed in this capacity at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Cologne Philharmonie, and the Verbier Festival. He has released a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor with Renaud Capuçon and Kian Soltani.
Vilde Frang © Lillian Birnbaum
The Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang was born in Oslo in 1986. She studied from 1993 to 2002 at the Barratt Due Music Institute in her native city, then continued her training with Kolja Blacher in Hamburg and with Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. As a recipient of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation scholarship, she had the opportunity to tour Europe and the United States with the famous virtuosa several times. Frang began her solo career at the age of ten, when she made her debut with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; a year later, she appeared with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. In 2012 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and performed with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. In 2016 she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle when the ensemble engaged her for its European Concert. In addition, Frang has performed with many other leading international orchestras, including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Munich Philharmonic. In the 2018-19 season, she appeared with the San Francisco and Pittsburgh Symphonies, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Orchestre National de France. As a chamber musician, Vilde Frang performed last season with Nicolas Altstaedt, Bertrand Chama-
you, Sol Gabetta, and Michail Lifits. Her discography to date includes eight CDs, which have garnered many awards. In 2018 she received the Diapason d’or de l’année for her most recent recording, which is an account of Bartók’s First Violin Concerto and Enescu’s Octet. She plays a violin built by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1864.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 15 September 2009, as part of the Debut series, when she played works by Schubert, Strauss, and Sibelius