Symphony Concert 20

Vienna Philharmonic | Gustavo Dudamel | Valentine Michaud

Debussy | Schmitt | Stravinsky

Sat, 05.09. | 18.30 | No. 20347

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Symphony Concert 20

    Vienna Philharmonic | Gustavo Dudamel | Valentine Michaud

    Gustavo Dudamel  conductor

    (winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award)

    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone
    Florent Schmitt (1870–1958)
    Légende for alto saxophone and orchestra, Op. 66
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    The Firebird. Fairy-tale ballet in two scenes

    When the Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel conducts, he radiates joy with his flying black curls and animated gestures. The pleasure is doubled when you have Dudamel conducting the finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird. The music rapturously celebrates the liberation of 13 Russian virgins who had been held captive by the evil magician Kashchei. And when the overwhelming conclusion to this ballet score is performed by an orchestra as brilliant as the Vienna Philharmonic, you can only ask: what more could you possibly want? Perhaps the first part of this concert has an answer, since that is where you can get hear Valentine Michaud, winner of the 2020 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. The French saxophonist, who was born in 1993 in Paris, also won the 2017 Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes Award – earning a double distinction that underscores her exceptional talent, since up to now the cellist Sol Gabetta had been the only winner of both competitions. Michaud will be introduced playing two classics of the saxophone literature: Debussy’s Rapsodie and Légende by Florent Schmitt.

    Vienna Philharmonic

    On 28 March 1842, members of the Imperial Court Opera Orchestra led by Otto Nicolai gave a concert in Vienna’s Grand Ballroom, thus inaugurating the Vienna Philharmonic. The principles established then have remained in place. One is the stipulation that only musicians of the Vienna Staatsoper (the Court Opera at the time) can become members. Another is that all decisions regarding artistic, organizational, and financial autonomy are made by general assembly. In 1877 the Philharmonic performed for the first time outside Vienna at the Salzburg Music Festival; in 1900 came the first performance abroad, at the Paris World Exposition, with Gustav Mahler conducting. In addition to Mahler, other composers who have appeared on the podium include Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Brahms, and Richard Strauss. The list of music directors includes such names as Hans Richter, Felix Weingartner, Wilhelm Furtwängler, and Clemens Krauss. Starting in 1933, the model of a permanent chief conductor was replaced by that of a close artistic collaboration with outstanding artistic personalities of the era, with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein in particular making important contributions to the ensemble’s history. Over the course of its 177-year existence, the Vienna Philharmonic has given more than 9,000 concerts and performed on five continents. It has participated in the Salzburg Festival since 1922 and, since 1957, at LUCERNE FESTIVAL and is also a regular guest at the Vienna Festwochen and Salzburg Mozartwoche, additionally offering its own concert series in New York, Paris, London, and Japan. Highlights of each season include the New Year’s Concert, which is broadcast to over 90 countries, and the Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn, attended annually by up to 100,000 people. 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.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: www.wienerphilharmoniker.at

    July 2019

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    Gustavo Dudamel

    Gustavo Dudamel, who was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, received his musical education through the countrywide pedagogical network known as “El Sistema.” In 1999, the 18-year-old conductor was appointed Music Director of the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana – now known as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – which he continues to lead. Dudamel came to international attention when he won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in 2004. He subsequently went on to make his debut with many acclaimed orchestras, including the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. From 2007 to 2012 Dudamel helmed the Gothenburg Symphony, and since the fall of 2009 he has served as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which in the meantime has extended his contract to 2022. In Los Angeles he has moreover intensively focused on his work with young people through the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), which is based on the El Sistema model and which also represents a kind of orchestral academy. In the 2016-17 season Dudamel will perform a cycle of all of Schubert’s symphonies in Los Angeles, which will be paired with the orchestral lieder of Gustav Mahler. He will also conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in their legendary New Year’s concert. Dudamel has also been successful in the field of opera: in the fall of 2015 he conducted Mozart’s Figaro at the Berlin Staatsoper; in April 2016 came his debut at Vienna Staatsoper with Puccini’s Turandot, and he subsequently led Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Gustavo Dudamel has received many awards, including the Premio de la Latinidad in 2007, the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in 2009, and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 24 March 2007 with the Sinfónica de la Juventud Simón Bolívar, in a program of works by Gustav Mahler.

    August 2016

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    Valentine Michaud

    Die französische Saxophonistin Valentine Michaud wurde 1993 in Paris geboren und wuchs in Nantes auf. Den ersten Unterricht auf ihrem Instrument erhielt sie im Alter von acht Jahren bei Slava Kazykin. Mit sechzehn nahm sie dann das Studium bei Pierre-Stéphane Meugé an der Musikhochschule in Lausanne auf, seit 2015 studiert sie in der Meisterklasse von Lars Mlekusch an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Parallel dazu absolvierte Valentine Michaud auch noch den Studiengang der Musikwissenschaft an der Pariser Sorbonne, den sie 2013 als Bachelor abschloss; 2015 folgte der Master im Fach Musikpädagogik. Seit 2006 hat sie zahlreiche Wettbewerbe gewonnen, darunter 2016 die renommierte «Andrejs Jurjāns International Woodwind Competition» in Riga. Auch im Duo «Akmi» mit der litauischen Pianistin Akvilė Šileikaitė wurde sie mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Valentine Michaud interessiert sich besonders für spartenübergreifende Projekte: Gemeinsam mit einem Maler, zwei Tänzern und einem weiteren Saxophonisten kreierte sie die Performance Glitch, die im Juni 2016 am Zürcher Theater der Künste uraufgeführt wurde. Konzerte mit einem Repertoire vom Barock bis zur Moderne führten sie in die Gnessin-Akademie nach Moskau, ins Wiener Konzerthaus, in die Zürcher Tonhalle, die Opéra de Lausanne und die Philharmonie Odessa. 2017 tritt sie mit dem Mariinsky Orchestra unter Valery Gergiev, dem Orchestre des Continents unter Thierry Fischer und dem Lettischen Nationalorchester auf. Im Dezember 2016 wurde Valentine Michaud mit dem «Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes» ausgezeichnet. Besonders beeindruckt war die Jury davon, dass sie bei ihrem Vorspiel konsequent auf Originalwerke und zeitgenössische Musik u. a. von Stockhausen, Denissow und Albright setzte. Das heutige Debut ist neben dem Preisgeld von 25.000 CHF als Starthilfe für ihre internationale Karriere gedacht.

    Juni 2017

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    Concert Introduction (in German) | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    with Susanne Stähr
     

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