Symphony Concert 6

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | soloists

Strauss | Tchaikovsky

Thu, 17308

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017







    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    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 brings together young musicians from Israel, Arab countries, and Spain, 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. After initially operating in Weimar and Chicago, WEDO found a permanent home in 2002 in Seville in southern Spain: in a region, that is, in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians were able to coexist with freedom of religion until the Reconquista of 1492; there, through rehearsals, presentations, and discussions, the musicians prepare the various programs which they then perform on their international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has toured to venues including the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The WEDO regularly performs at the BBC Proms and the Salzburg Festival. The ensemble recently gave a series of eight concerts in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires at the end of July/early August. Numerous CDs and DVDs, such as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of WEDO, which in February 2016 was named UN Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In the fall of 2016, the Barenboim-Said Akademie Berlin is set to open as a state-
    recognized university for music and the humanities with a concert hall by Frank Gehry.   

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

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    August 2016

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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 the family moved to Israel, where Barenboim won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953 and was given 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 the leading orchestras. Barenboim took up his first permanent position leading the Orchestre de Paris (1975–1989), 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. From 2007 to 2014 he enjoyed a close partnership with La Scala in Milan, most recently as Music Director. In 1999 Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which unites young musicians from Israel, 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.

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    April 2017

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    Kian Soltani

    The cellist Kian Soltani comes from a Persian musical family. Born in 1992 in Bregenz, Austria, he began studying cello with Ivan Monighetti at the Music Academy of Basel at the age of 12. He has also taken part in master classes with such figures as Sol Gabetta, David Geringas, Jens Peter Maintz, Antonio Meneses, and Pieter Wispelwey. Since 2014 he has studied as a “Young Soloist” with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. Following his initial successes at the Karl Davidoff and Antonio Janigro Competitions in Latvia and Croatia, respectively, Soltani won first prize at the 2013 International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki and, in 2014, the Luitpold Prize at the Kissinger Sommer. He was supported for a three-year period by a scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and regularly tours with the violinist and her ensemble of young virtuosos. Kian Soltani gained recognition when, at the age of 19, he made his debuts at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Schubertiade in Hohenems. Since then he has performed as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Latvian National Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. In the 2016-17 season, he appeared for the first time with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the London Sinfonietta. Kian Soltani regularly performs as principal cellist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, who has also engaged him to participate in the newly founded Boulez Ensemble in Berlin. Along with chamber concerts at Wigmore Hall in London, in the past spring he also presented a program of traditional Persian music in Bergen, Norway. Kian Soltani received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in July 2017.

    One previous appearance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL as a soloist: on 17 August 2015, when he joined Guy Braunstein, Daniel Barenboim, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.

    April 2017

    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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