Debut Zoltán Despond

Zoltán Despond | Vesselin Stanev

Beethoven | Schumann | Boulanger | Hindemith | Prokofiev

Thu, 18.08. | 12.15

Lukaskirche, Kirchensaal

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Summer Festival

08.08.-11.09. 2022




    Debut Zoltán Despond

    Zoltán Despond | Vesselin Stanev

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Sonata for cello and piano in D major, Op. 102, no. 2
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
    Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979)
    Three Pieces for cello and piano
    Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)
    Sonata for solo cello, Op. 25, no. 3
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119

    Launching the series of Debut concerts in the 2022 Summer Festival is a Swiss from French speaking Switzerland: Zoltán Despond, born in 1992, whom the critic Peter Hagmann has declared to be “one of the best cellists of his generation.” Hagmann is not alone in this opinion. Thomas Grossenbacher, for example, principal cellist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, praises his student’s special sensitivity: “His interpretations are expressive and touching, and the tone is full and soulful.” In September 2021, Despond introduced himself in a recital at the Vienna Musikverein and then performed in Lyon, Graz, Salzburg, Nice, and Toulouse, and he will make his debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie before the summer. For Lucerne Festival he has put together a varied program that includes Beethoven and Schumann as well as two modern classics: Paul Hindemith and Sergei Prokofiev. He will also perform music by Nadia Boulanger, a composer whose work is worth rediscovering. Despond loves the spontaneity of interpretation: “Ultimately, you dance and sing with time.”

    This concert has no intermission.

    Zoltán Despond

    Vesselin Stanev