Vienna Philharmonic 2

Vienna Philharmonic | Esa-Pekka Salonen | Valentine Michaud

Ravel | Hillborg | Sibelius

Wed, 07.09. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Vienna Philharmonic 2

    Vienna Philharmonic | Esa-Pekka Salonen | Valentine Michaud

    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Le tombeau de Couperin
    Anders Hillborg (*1954)
    Peacock Tales. Millennium version for saxophone and orchestra
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

    Vienna Philharmonic

    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1842, comprises musicians who have played for at least three years in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. They form a private association that is democratically organized: all artistic and organizational decisions are made independently at the general meeting. The Philharmonic can look back on a glorious history. In 1877, the orchestra performed outside Vienna for the first time at the Salzburg Music Festival, and the first guest performance abroad took place at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900 under Gustav Mahler. In addition to Mahler, the Philharmonic’s podium has also hosted Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Brahms, and Richard Strauss; Hans Richter, Felix Weingartner, Wilhelm Furtwängler, and Clemens Krauss are among the ensemble’s list of music directors. Since 1933, the Vienna Philharmonic has relied on close collaboration with various outstanding artistic personalities, with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein in particular adding important chapters. In the course of their nearly 180 years, the “Viennese” have performed over 9,000 concerts. They have been part of the Salzburg Festival since 1922 and, since 1957, Lucerne Festival as well. They also appear regularly at the Salzburg Mozart Week and have their own concert cycles in New York and Japan. Highlights of each season include the New Year’s Concert, which is broadcast worldwide, and the Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert. A new generation of Philharmonic musicians is being trained in the Orchestra Academy, founded in 2018. Rolex is the exclusive partner of the Vienna Philharmonic.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 1 September 1957 in a program of works by Schumann, Barber, and Beethoven, with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting.

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    July 2021

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    Esa-Pekka Salonen

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, who was born in 1958 in Helsinki, studied at the Sibelius Academy in the Finnish capital. His subjects included horn with Holger Fransman, conducting with Jorma Panula, and composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara. He made his conducting debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1979 and was named head of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1985, where he remained for ten years. From 1992 to 2009 Salonen was Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and since the 2008-09 season he has been Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where, at the beginning of his career, he had also served for nine years as Principal Guest Conductor. Since 2003 he has been Artistic Director of the Baltic Sea Festival, which he cofounded. As a guest conductor, Salonen has appeared with many acclaimed ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic and has performed in opera productions at such venues as the Salzburg Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, and the Opéra National of Paris. In the 2012-13 season he focused on the works of Witold Lutoslawski, who was born 100 years ago; at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July, he also conducted a production of Strauss’s Elektra staged by Patrice Chéreau. Especially valued as an interpreter of contemporary music, Salonen has additionally won international acclaim as a composer, garnering such distinctions as the UNESCO Rostrum Prize and the Grawemeyer Award. His works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic and, in 2011, at the Festival Présences in Paris. Salonen, who has won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award, is an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an Honorary Doctor of the Sibelius Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on April 10, 1993 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Nielsen.

    June 2013

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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.

    August 2020

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