Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
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.
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra © rotterdam.info
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
This year the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1918, celebrates its 100th anniversary. Initially it 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. Following Flipse’s retirement in 1962, Franz Paul Decker, Jean Fournet, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, James Conlon, and Jeffrey Tate have held the office of Chief Conductor. For a 13-year period, from 1995 to 2008, Valery Gergiev helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, establishing its international reputation. Among the innovations for which he was responsible are the annual Gergiev Festivals, which the maestro directs to this day (September 2018 brings the 30th edition). From 2008 to the summer of 2018, Yannick Nézet-Séguin served as Music Director; upon his departure, he was named the orchestra’s Honorary Conductor. The young Israeli maestro Lahav Shani succeeds him at the start of the 2018-19 season. 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 at the Dutch National Opera. Since 2010 the Rotterdam Philharmonic has additionally enjoyed a close relationship with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris as orchestra-in-residence. Through its concerts, tours, and education programs, the orchestra annually reaches an audience of 150,000 to 200,000 music lovers. A rich catalogue of recordings, ranging from documents of the years of its founding under Eduard Flipse to current releases under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, allows for a discographic overlook of the activities of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999, under the direction of Valery Gergiev.
July 2018Other dates
Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve
Vilde Frang © Lillian Birnbaum
The Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang was born in 1986 in Oslo. She studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in her native city from 1993 to 2002 and subsequently continued her training with Kolja Blacher in Hamburg and with Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. As a fellow of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, she has had several opportunities to tour with the famous virtuoso throughout Europe and the USA. Frang began her solo career at the age of ten, when she made her debut with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; one year later she performed with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. Since then Frang has performed with many symphony orchestras all over Europe and in the Far East: she has concertized with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. As the winner of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, she collaborated with the Vienna Philharmonic during the Summer Festival in Lucerne. She made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at their 2016 European Concert on 1 May in Røros, Norway. As a chamber musician Frang has performed with Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Arge-rich, Yuri Bashmet, Sol Gabetta, Gidon Kremer, and Truls Mørk. In the summer of 2016 she has also been serving as artist in residence at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, performing eight concerts there. Vilde Frang has released five CDs to date; these have gone on to win many distinctions, including no fewer than three Echo Klassik Awards. Her most recent recording, which is of the Britten and Korngold Violin Concertos, was released in February 2016. She plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin made in 1864.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 15 September 2009, as part of the Debut series, when she played works by Schubert, Strauss, and Sibelius