West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 1

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Lahav Shani | Daniel Barenboim

Prokofiev | Brahms

Mon, 16.08. | 19.30 | No. 211306

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 1

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Lahav Shani | Daniel Barenboim

    Lahav Shani  conductor
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 Symphonie classique
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

    When Der Spiegel asked Daniel Barenboim a few years ago whether he could imagine another conductor for his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, he responded: “That’s like asking a happily married man whether his wife could be happy with someone else.” But now Barenboim is indeed vacating his seat at the podium of his beloved orchestra – for one evening at least. And there are two good reasons for that. For one, the “someone else” who will stand in his place with the baton is the 32-year-old Lahav Shani. Barenboim has been a mentor, fostering the young Israeli’s stellar career rise to remarkable effect. As a result, Shani now serves as music director of two top orchestras: the Israel and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras. Barenboim can trust him completely when he himself takes on one of the greatest challenges in the pianistic repertoire, the Second Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms, whose intricate solo part really seems to require more than ten fingers. In any case, he’ll certainly not have attention to spare to wield the conductor’s baton as well.

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    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which combines equal numbers of young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries, as well as some members from Turkey and Iran, was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The vision of a peace-ful coexistence of cultures in the Middle East served as the guiding principle: not by coincidence did Goethe’s famous poetry collection titled West-Eastern Divan inspire the orchestra’s name. Every summer, the musicians gather for working sessions to prepare and rehearse the programs that they subsequently present on international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has performed at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The ensemble regularly performs at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra celebrated its 20th birthday in October 2019 with two concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie; in December 2020, it performed the official celebratory concert for Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Bonn. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of the orchestra, which was named a UN Ambassador for Cultural Understanding in 2016. Through the Barenboim-Said Academy, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is associated with a state-recognized university for music and the humanities.

    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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    Lahav Shani

    Born in Tel Aviv in 1989, Lahav Shani began his first piano lessons at the age of six. He later studied with Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta Music School in his native city and completed his education at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, where he studied conducting with Christian Ehwald and piano with Fabio Bidini. Already during this time, Daniel Barenboim was acting as his mentor. Shani won the Mahler Competition for young conductors in Bamberg in 2013. It signaled the start of his international career. He was associated with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor from 2017 until 2020 and has been at the helm of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Conductor since 2018, having already extended his contract until 2026; since 2020, he has also been acting as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. As a guest artist, Shani has worked with the London and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Still active as a pianist, he has conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, among others, from the keyboard. With the Staatskapelle Berlin, he has performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. In the fall of 2020, he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in a Schumann-Mozart program. Shani is also a passionate chamber musician and has performed in this capacity at the Aix-en-Provence and Verbier Festivals, among others. With Renaud Capuçon and Kian Soltani, he released an album of piano trios by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák in 2019. He recorded Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Fourth Piano Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 7 September 2019, conducting the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of Max Bruch and Anton Bruckner.

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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 performing in public at the age of seven. In 1952, the family moved from Argentina to Israel; Barenboim won a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1953 through the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition. He also took conducting courses with Igor Marke-vitch and in 1954 was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who pronounced him a “phenomenon.” Barenboim spent the first phase of his career as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since his debut as a Music Director with the Philharmonia Orchestra (1967), he has likewise been in demand in this capacity with the finest orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent post was as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, from 1975 to 1989; from 1991 to 2006, he helmed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. He made his opera debut in 1973 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981, he conducted for the first time in Bayreuth, where he returned every summer until 1999. Since 1992, Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin elected him Chief Conductor for Life. He was closely associated with La Scala in Milan from 2007 to 2014, most recently as Music Director. In 1999, Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In 2017, he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works from the classical period to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. For his artistic and cultural-political work, Barenboim has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and the Japanese Praemium Imperiale, among others. The former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named him UN Messenger of Peace in 2007.

    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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    Introduction to the Concert | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium 
    with Susanne Stähr (in German)

    The auditorium opens 30 minutes before the start of the introduction. Due to the current situation as well as the requirements of the Federal Covid regulation, the number of seats is limited.