Special Event Day – Museum Concert 7

Strings of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Gregor A. Mayrhofer

Bartók | Veress

Sun, 27.08. | 20.00 | No. 17456

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Special Event Day – Museum Concert 7

    Strings of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Gregor A. Mayrhofer

    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Selected Duos for two violins
    Divertimento for String Orchestra Sz 113 
    Sándor Veress (1813–1992)
    Four Transylvanian Dances for string orchestra

    In 1905 Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály went on the road together in order to systematically research the folk music of southeastern Europe. They made their way to secluded regions and had old peasant women sing them songs their grandmothers had sung and asked goatherds to play the flute and village musicians to play the fiddle. This archaic, unadulterated peasant music, which they heard and recorded in the process, served both composers as a way to renew the musical language and development of a specific identity: “from musical forces that have sprung up from the earth,” as Bartók put it. 
    The Special Event Day Museum Concerts will explore Bartók’s and Kodály’s revolution – and pose the question of what their contemporaries and the ensuing generation made of it. The Romanian George Enescu and the Frenchman Maurice Ravel, for instance, took up their innovations, while Sándor Veress (who was also the teacher of Heinz Holliger), György Ligeti, and György Kurtág initially carried them forward but ultimately freed themselves from the overwhelming influence of their early models. A wide variety of ensembles from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – from duo and string quartet to wind quintet, brass ensemble, and string orchestra – will present this musical excursion across the Balkans. The centerpiece is a longer concert featuring this summer’s two “artistes étoiles”: the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the cellist Jay Campbell, who will be joined on their program by the Russian pianist Polina Leschenko. Whoever is interested in knowing whether all of this is still of relevance for the young generation of composers can find answers at the opening Composer Seminar workshop concert.

    Gregor A. Mayrhofer

    Gregor A. Mayrhofer, who was born in 1987, studied composition, conducting, and ear training in his native Munich (with Jan Müller-Wieland), Paris (with Frédéric Durieux), and Düsseldorf (with Manfred Trojahn and Rüdiger Bohn), graduating from the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied conducting with Alan Gilbert. Other teachers who have influenced him artistically are Bernard Haitink, Fabio Luisi, Peter Eötvös, and James Ross. Since 2015 Mayrhofer has served as Assistant Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain, with which he debuted in May 2016 at the Paris Philharmonie (substituting on short notice for Pablo Heras-Casado); in 2017 he performed with the Ensemble at the Philharmonie in Cologne. His concerts as a conductor, pianist, and composer have taken him across Europe and to the United States and Russia, as well as to Opera Mauritius, where he conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2013 and Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers in 2015. Mayrhofer has collaborated with such ensembles as the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Munich Symphony, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. His works have been commissioned by the Bavarian Staatsoper and Staatsoper Hanover, Bavarian Radio, the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Scharoun Ensemble, and others. In 2013 he founded the NRW German National Academic Foundation Orchestra. Gregor A. Mayrhofer has garnered the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Tassilo Culture Prize, the Charles Schiff Conducting Award, and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and he received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and  Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 26 August 2016, conducting musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in a Late Night event featuring works by Olga Neuwirth.

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