Composer Seminar – Concluding Concert

Soloists and Ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Wolfgang Rihm

Sat, 27.08.14.00No. 16402

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016

 

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    27.

    Aug

    Saturday
    14.00

    KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

    Composer Seminar – Concluding Concert

    Soloists and Ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Wolfgang Rihm

    Soloists from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI  
    Participants in the Composer Seminar  
    Wolfgang Rihm  director

    Selected works by participants in the Composer Seminar

    To provide even stronger support to young composers and to intensify their interchanges with international performers: this is the goal Wolfgang Rihm has set for the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. So in the summer of 2016 he will conduct the first-ever two-week-long Composer Seminar, with support from composer-in-residence Olga Neuwirth. Together they will share discussions of their works with 8 to 10 participants, in both larger group and individual discussions. In the second week these young composers will also have a chance to rehearse selected works of their own with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. And since the Alumni, all of whom are former LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY students, are up to speed in the performance of contemporary music, they’ll of course be in a position to offer practical tips. Festival audiences will then be presented with the results of this collaboration in a hosted public concluding concert.

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    Ever since it was founded in 2003, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has provided training to more than 1,000 highly talented young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from around the world. To date the alumni have included such renowned artists as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally accomplished orchestras,  who perform in chamber music and experimental projects, or who teach at conservatories. A large portion of them remain closely associated with the Festival. Selected former Academy students come back to Lucerne regularly as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. They enrich the programming through performances in the field of contemporary music, in the 40min series, or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG; they are moreover available to provide  help and advice to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other in order to execute their own projects around the world. The result is a uniquely international network of young musicians. For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer  Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”

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    Wolfgang Rihm

    The German composer Wolfgang Rihm, who has been Artistic Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since the summer of 2016, was born in 1952 in Karlsruhe and began composing at an early age. While he was still a high school student, in 1968, he was accepted into Eugen Werner Velte’s composition class at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. He later continued his training with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne (1972-73) and finally with Klaus Huber in Freiburg (1973–1976). At the University of Freiburg he additionally took seminars in musicology with Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht. A series of large-scale orchestral works  brought Wolfgang Rihm his international breakthrough in the late 1970s. Today he ranks among the most prolific and versatile composers of the present era and has created a multifaceted oeuvre that to date consists of more than 400 compositions, including nine works of music theater alone: Faust und Yorick (1976), Jakob Lenz (1977-78), Die Hamletmaschine (1983-86), Oedipus (1987), Die Eroberung von Mexico (1987-91), Séraphin (1994), Das Gehege (2006), Proserpina (2009), and Dionysos, which received its world premiere in 2010 at the Salzburg Festival. Since 1985 Rihm has been a professor of composition at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. He has long enjoyed a close relationship with LUCERNE FESTIVAL: he was featured as composer-in-residence on the programming in 1997, and in the following year his orchestral work IN-SCHRIFT was performed at the opening of the KKL Luzern; additional commissions have followed, including the symphony Nähe fern (2011-12), the Horn Concerto (2014), and his Gruss-Moment to mark the 90th birthday of  Pierre Boulez. Wolfgang Rihm, who has also published several volumes of essays and interviews, is a member of numerous academies and has received many prestigious awards, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (2003), the Robert Schumann Prize (2014), the Grawemeyer Award (2015), and the European Church Music Prize (2017). He is a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is a member of the order “Pour le Mérite.”

     

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