Recital Valentine Michaud

Valentine Michaud | Akvilė Šileikaitė

Prokofiev | Glazunov | Juillerat | Poulenc | Denisov

Thu, 20.08. | 19.30 | No. 20639

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Life Is Live

14.08.-23.08. 2020




    Recital Valentine Michaud

    Valentine Michaud | Akvilė Šileikaitė

    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Sonata in D major, Op. 94
    arranged for soprano saxophone by Valentine Michaud
    Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936)
    Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71
    arranged for alto saxophone by Valentine Michaud
    Kevin Juillerat (*1987)
    L’Etang du Patriarche

    for piano and alto saxophone

    Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
    Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 185
    arranged for soprano saxophone by Valentine Michaud
    Edison Denisov (1929–1996)
    Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano

    Only Sol Gabetta has previously achieved this remarkable double success: in 2017, the French saxophonist Valentine Michaud was awarded the Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes. Now she has also won the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. And like Gabetta, Michaud is also looking forward to a bright future. The exceptional 26-year-old musician not only impresses with her stupendous virtuosity and enormous wealth of colors but is also curious and eager to experiment. She has commissioned numerous composers to write new works for her instrument and tries out unusual concert formats that aim to build bridges with other art forms; she even designs clothes and costumes for stage productions. Michaud will also demonstrate her versatility in Lucerne: in addition to original works by Edison Denisov and Kevin Juillerat, her own adaptations are on the program, including of Sergei Prokofiev’s Second Flute Sonata, which was such a success that the composer himself was induced to write an alternative version for violin.

    With the friendly support of the Strebi-Stiftung Luzern

    «Happy Hour» with Valentine Michaud, Kian Soltani, Susanne Stähr

    «Wozu passt das Saxophon besser - zum Jazz oder zur klassischen Musik?» with Valentine Michaud

    Free Program Booklets and Audio Introductions
    In keeping with health regulations, this summer we will not be selling printed program booklets in the KKL Luzern. Instead, starting now, you can download all of the program booklets for the "Life Is Live" Festival concerts here free of charge (in PDF format). In addition, we are offering audio introductions (in German) by Festival dramaturg Susanne Stähr to selected events; these contain numerous examples of the music to be performed.

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    Valentine Michaud

    The French saxophonist Valentine Michaud, winner of the 2020 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, was born in Paris in 1993 and grew up in Nantes. She received her first lessons on her instrument at the age of eight from Slava Kazykin. At sixteen, she took up studies with Pierre-Stéphane Meugé at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music, and from 2015 to 2018 she studied in Lars Mlekusch's master class at the Zurich University of the Arts. Michaud also studied musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 2013 and a master's degree in music education in 2015. She has won numerous competitions, including the prestigious Andrejs Jurjāns International Woodwind Competition in Riga in 2016 and the Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes in 2017, which also earned her a debut concert at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. As part of the duo Akmi with the Lithuanian pianist Akvilė Šileikaitė, she has also received several awards, the most recent being the Swiss Ambassador's Award in 2019. Valentine Michaud is particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects: Together with a painter, two dancers, a performer, and other saxophonists, she created the trilogy Waiting for Amon, for which she was awarded the Nico Kaufmann Scholarship of the City of Zurich in 2018. Concerts with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to modern have taken her to London's Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Zurich's Tonhalle, and Geneva's Victoria Hall, as well as to New York, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. She has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and the Orchestre des Continents under Thierry Fischer. Michaud attaches particular importance to collaborations with contemporary composers, as she is constantly seeking to enrich the repertoire for her instrument.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2017 as part of the “Debut” series in a program of works by Denisov, Hindemith, Schulhoff, and Albright.

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    Akvilė Šileikaitė

    The pianist, painter, and photographer Akvilė Šileikaitė, who was born in 1992 in Širvintos, Lithuania, studied piano with Tatjana Romashkina and Daumantas Kirilauskas in Vilnius and painting with Loreta Laurinavičienė in Klaipėda. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in solo piano from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater in 2015 and then moved to the Zurich University of the Arts, where she studied with Friedemann Rieger and Peter Solomon. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music and also includes several rarities. Akvilė Šileikaitė has been part of the duo Akmi with the French saxophonist Valentine Michaud since 2015. They have performed together at London's Wigmore Hall and at Lavaux Classic; they won the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition in 2016, took second place at the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona in 2018, and received the Swiss Ambassador's Award in 2019. She also works regularly with the percussionist Fabian Ziegler. Šileikaitė has performed as a soloist and with various chamber music ensembles in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Russia, including at Vienna's Musikverein, the Gasteig in Munich, the Zurich Tonhalle, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and she has been a guest at such festivals as the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich and the Davos Festival. In addition, she has performed as an extra with such orchestras as the Zurich Tonhalle and has worked with conductors including Peter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher, Paavo Järvi, and David Zinman. As a visual artist, Akvilė Šileikaitė has been shown in exhibitions throughout Europe. She has received several awards for her paintings and photographic works, including from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and Lithuania’s Queen Morta Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2017 with Valentine Michaud in a program of works by Denisov, Hindemith, Schulhoff, and Albright.

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