Symphony Concert 6

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | soloists

Strauss | Tchaikovsky

Thu, 17.08.19.30No. 17308

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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    Symphony Concert 6

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | soloists

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Don Quixote, Op. 35
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

    When the issue of identity comes up, along with the question of how to preserve one’s own or to open it up to the other, one often ends up facing limits that seem impassable. But the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has proved how opposites can be reconciled and conflicts resolved. Its members come from Israel and the Arab worlds and for the most part consist of Jews and Muslims, yet when they make music together there is no trace of hostility, for they play with a single bow stroke and one breath. Daniel Barenboim has called this orchestra an “experiment in utopia,” having founded it in 1999 with the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said to implement his vision for peace in a nutshell, in the field of music. The program for their second Lucerne concert will likewise bridge different perspectives: the German Richard Strauss and the Russian Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, contrasting the musical naturalism of Don Quixote, with its wind machine and its depiction of a flock of sheep, with the high-romantic melodic wealth of the Fifth Symphony.

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    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which equally comprises young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries, along with some members from Spain, Turkey, and Iran, was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The principle that inspired them was the vision of a peaceful coexistence of cultures in the Middle East. Not by chance was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous poetry collection West-östlicher Divan chosen as the ensemble’s namesake. Every summer the orchestra convenes for a period of working together, preparing that year’s programs through rehearsals, presentations, and discussions, which the musicians then present on international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has performed at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The Divan also regularly appears at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival. A tour to the United States has been planned for November 2018, with performances in Chicago, Washington, New York, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of the Divan, which in February 2016 was named a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Baren-
    boim-Said Academy, a university for music and the humanities that is officially accredited by the state, opened in the fall of 2016, where up to 90 talented musicians from the Middle East can obtain a four-year-long bachelor’s degree.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2007, when Daniel Barenboim conducted works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Tchaikovsky.

    Further Information: www.west-eastern-divan.org

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    Daniel Barenboim

    The conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, both of whose parents were piano teachers, was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and began giving public performances at the age of seven. In 1952 his family moved to Israel, where he won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953 for a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He also took courses in conducting with Igor Markevitch and, in 1954, was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as a “phenomenon.” During the first phase of his career, Barenboim toured as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since making his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1967, he has been in demand by all of the leading orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent position was at the head of the Orchestre de Paris from 1975 to 1989, and between 1991 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which later named him Honorary Conductor. He made his operatic debut in 1973 with Mo­zart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981 he conducted at Bayreuth for the first time, returning there every summer until 1999. Since 1992 Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper, and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Chief Conductor for Life. He had a close partnership with La Scala in Milan from 2007 to 2014, most recently as Music Director. In 1999 Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which unites young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In March 2017 he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works ranging from the Classical era to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. Barenboim has received many honors for his artistic and cultural-political work, such as the Prince of Asturias Concord Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1966, performing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra.

    Further Information: www.danielbarenboim.com

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    Kian Soltani

    The cellist Kian Soltani is the winner of the 2018 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which includes not only a cash prize in the amount of 75,000 CHF but also the opportunity to debut in this evening’s concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Born in 1992 in Bregenz, Austria, into a Persian musical family, Soltani began studying cello with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music at the age of 12. He completed his training with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy; other important influences come from his scholarship studies supported by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Following his initial successes at the Karl Davidoff and Antonio Janigro Competitions in Latvia and Croatia, respectively, Soltani won first prize at the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki in 2013, the Luitpold Prize at the Kissinger Sommer in 2014, and the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2017. Soltani made his debuts at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Schubertiade in Hohenems at the age of 19. Since then he has performed with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In the 2017-18 season, he also appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Soltani regularly partners with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, with whom he has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms in London, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He will play in the major European concert halls as a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organisation during the 2018-19 season. In January 2018, he released his first solo CD, titled Home, which includes works by Schubert and Schumann as well as Persian folk music. Kian Soltani plays a Stradivari built in 1694.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2015 performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Guy Braunstein, Daniel Barenboim, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

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    Miriam Manasherov

    Miriam Manasherov was born in 1981 in Israel. At the age of eight she began playing violin, and she received his first training from Luba Schochat, later transferring to viola. She acquired early orchestral experience as a member of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to which she belonged from 1995 to 2001. After graduating from the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, she completed her military service in the Excellent Musicians Unit, where she played in a string quartet that later formed the basis of the Rosso Quartet. She began her viola training with Yuri Gandelsman at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv; in 2003 she transferred to the Academy of Music in Lübeck, where she studied with Barbara Westphal. Miriam Manasherov has performed as a principal violist in the Orchestral Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Verbier Festival Orchestra. In 1999 Daniel Barenboim engaged her in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. She is additionally a freelance player with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, has played in the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin and in the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, and for three years, from 2010 to 2013, she belonged to the WDR Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Rosso Quartet in Italy and France and won first prize at the Chamber Music Festival of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Miriam Manasherov is the recipient of a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (from 2000 to 2002) and won the German Academic Exchange Service Prize (DAAD) in 2006. After almost ten years in Germany, she has returned to Israel, where she teaches and performs chamber music.

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