Symphony Concert 10

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra | Long Yu | Maxim Vengerov

Avshalomov | Tchaikovsky | Shostakovich

Sun, 20.08. | 19.30 | No. 17317

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 10

    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra | Long Yu | Maxim Vengerov

    Long Yu  conductor
    Aaron Avshalomov (1894–1965)
    Hutongs of Peking
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

    For the first time ever, a Chinese symphony orchestra is performing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. If yet more evidence that classical music has long since become a global language were needed, it would be this appearance by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under music director Long Yu. These musicians from Asia have planned a program of three Russian composers. Aaron Avshalomov, who was born in 1894, served as a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory, where he taught from 1919 on; he was one of the founders of China’s Western musical tradition. His tone poem Hutongs of Peking captures the sounds and voices that once echoed through the narrow alleys of the Chinese capital. Tchaikovsky’s immortal Violin Concerto will be performed by one of the leading virtuosos of our time, Maxim Vengerov. And the orchestra will demonstrate the degree to which a composer under Stalin had to wrestle with his own identity with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Here the composer reacts to the political demand to be popular and monumental – which leads to an absurdly overstated “jubilant” conclusion.

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    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

    This year the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 140th birthday: founded in 1879, it is the oldest Chinese orchestra. Initially appearing as the Shanghai Public Band, it was renamed the Shanghai Municipal Council Symphony Orchestra in 1922 and then given its current name in 1956. A major influence on the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was the Italian conductor Mario Paci, who took over leadership in 1919 and familiarized the Chinese musicians with Western music. At the same time, he inspired Chinese composers to write new works, ensuring that these were heard on the programs. The history of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, which soon became known as one of the finest orchestras in Asia, thus unfolded in tandem with the development of modern Chinese music. Since the late 1970s, following the end of the Cultural Revolution, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has been especially active as a touring ensemble. It made its debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1990, performed for the first time in Europe as part of the Chinese-French Cultural Year in 2004, and in 2005 became the first Chinese Orchestra to appear at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Since 2009 Long Yu has served as Music Director. Under his direction, the ensemble joined the New York Philharmonic to perform as Cultural Ambassador of Expo 2010 before an audience of 100,000 in Central Park. The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has regularly toured internationally since then: other stops during the summer of 2019 include at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh und Ravinia Festivals, Grafenegg, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Its home since 2014 has been in the newly built Shanghai Symphony Hall, which includes two underground concert halls. The orchestra won a Grammy Award for its recording of Tan Dun’s film score Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2017, as the first Chinese orchestra to play here, with a program of works by Avshalomov, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich led by Long Yu.

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    Long Yu

    The Chinese conductor Long Yu, who was born in 1964 in Shanghai, received his earliest musical training from his grandfather, the composer Ding Shande. He later studied piano and conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory; after graduating in 1987, he continued his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In 1992 he returned from Europe and was named Principal Conductor at the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing, and in 1998 he founded the Beijing Music Festival, which presents both operas and concerts and has since come to be regarded as the leading music festival in the Eastern Hemisphere. He was in charge there for 20 years, until 2018. Long Yu also led the initiative to found the China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000, and he remains closely associated with that orchestra as its Chief Conductor. He was named head of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and has served as Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and as Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015. He has performed at the Vatican with the China Philharmonic and has toured through Europe and the United States with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, leading the New York Times to acclaim him “China’s Herbert von Ka-
    rajan.” As a guest conductor, Long Yu has worked with such renowned ensembles as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the classical repertoire, he is dedicated to contemporary music, conducting works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Tan Dun, Unsuk Chin, and Qigang Chen. He recently recorded Chen’s Wu Xing for his inaugural release on Deutsche Grammophon, which signed him in 2018 as an exclusive artist.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2017, conducting the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Avshalomov, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich.

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    Maxim Vengerov

    Maxim Vengerov, who was born in 1974 in Novosibirsk, received his violin training from Galina Turchaninova and Zakhar Bron. In 1985 he became the first 10-year-old to win the Wieniawski Young Violin Player Competition in Poland, and at the 1990 International Carl Flesch Violin Competition he won first prize, the performance prize, and the audience prize. The international career that he has developed since then has led him to partner with the most acclaimed conductors and with all the major orchestras. His recordings have garnered the Grammy Award and the Classical Brit Award, two Gramophone Awards and Echo Classic Awards each, and five Edison Awards. In 2007 Vengerov expanded his spectrum and began studying conducting as well, receiving his degree with distinction in 2014 under Yuri Simonov at the Ippolitov-Ivanov Institute in Moscow. In 2010 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and in November 2017 he will make his debut as an opera conductor in Brisbane with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. In the 2016-17 season Vengerov concertized with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and went on a tour to Israel and Europe with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; he played Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and conducted Dvořák’s Ninth with the Munich Philharmonic and performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto and led Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Also a passionate teacher, Maxim Vengerov is a professor at the Royal College of Music in London and at the International Menuhin Music Academy. Since 1997 Vengerov has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and in this function he has played music for children in Uganda, Thailand, the Balkans, and Turkey; he is also the patron of an education program in South Africa. Vengerov plays an ex-Kreutzer Stradivari built in 1727.

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