“räsonanz” – Donor Concert

Bamberg Symphony | Jakub Hrůša | Juliane Banse | Ilya Gringolts

Szeghy | Furrer | Srnka

Mon, 06.09. | 19.30 | No. 211331

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    “räsonanz” – Donor Concert

    Bamberg Symphony | Jakub Hrůša | Juliane Banse | Ilya Gringolts

    Jakub Hrůša  conductor
    Juliane Banse  soprano
    Iris Szeghy (*1956)
    Offertorium for soprano and orchestra based on a poem by Emily Dickinson
    world premiere
    Beat Furrer (*1954)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Swiss premiere 
    Miroslav Srnka (*1975)
    move 01-04  for orchester
    first integral performance of all existing parts of the ongoing series (first performance of the revised versions of move 01-03)

    What’s new in music being written today? Find out at this räsonanz – Donor Concert, which brings you up-to-date orchestral music. Iris Szeghy presents her recent Offertorium, which features an expressive solo soprano singing verses by Emily Dickinson. Beat Furrer has taken advantage of the coronavirus downtime to compose a fiendishly difficult violin concerto for Ilya Gringolts. A “20-minute eruption,” wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung about the Munich premiere last October. “Furrer strings together tapestries of sound made of dark whispers spiced with harried solo writing, harsh contrasts, and rapid virtuoso runs that arrive like a breeze. Everything is effective, stirring, complex.” Finally, in a series of orchestral pieces written between 2015 and 2020, Miroslav Srnka traces not just musical movements but what sets them in motion: the physical movements of the musicians. For the first complete performance, he has again revised move 1-4

    An initiative of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, in cooperation with Lucerne Festival and Bavarian Radio’s musica viva.

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    Bamberg Symphony

    The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 75th birthday in 2021. It was founded in the spring of 1946, when former members of Prague’s German Philharmonic Orchestra
    reunited in the historic city on the Regnitz River to form a new orchestra. The first principal conductor was Joseph Keilberth, who led the Bambergers until his death in 1968; he was followed by Eugen Jochum, James Loughran, and Horst Stein; Jonathan Nott took over artistic responsibility in January 2000 for 16 years. Jakub Hrůsa has been at the helm of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra since the 2016-17 season. Alongside him, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach hold prominent positions as honorary conductors. In the course of its history, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has given more than 7,000 concerts in over 60 countries. They have performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms in London, and New York’s Lincoln Center and have toured to North America, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Hrůsa is building a wide repertoire with the musicians, accentuating Czech composers and hearkening back to the orchestra’s historical roots. Since 2014, the Encore Project has been commissioning contemporary composers to write “popular” pieces. The Bambergers are moreover active supporters of the emerging generation: they have hosted the Mahler Conducting Competition since 2004 and, since 2010, have had an in-house orchestra academy. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has earned numerous awards for its recordings; in 2020, it received the Bavarian State Prize for Music.

    Lucerne Festival debut in the summer of 2007, when “artiste étoile” Jonathan Nott conducted his orchestra in three concerts; the Bambergers performed here most recently on 26 August 2015 in Verdi’s Falstaff, again under Nott.

    Further information: www.bambergsymphony.com

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    Jakub Hrůša

    Jakub Hrůša, who was born in 1981 in Brno in the current Czech Republic, studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek and others at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in 2005 with the Prague Philharmonia, which he led as Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2015. In opera realm, he first attracted attention at Glyndebourne on Tour, where he held the post of Music Director from 2010 to 2013. This was followed by invitations to the Vienna Staatsoper and Zurich Opera (with Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), the Opéra national de Paris (with Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (with Puccini’s Il trittico), and the Royal Opera House in London (with Bizet’s Carmen). Since 2016, Hrůša has been at the helm of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He was associated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor from 2010 to 2018; currently, he holds this position with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent seasons, Hrůša has introduced himself on the podium of many top international orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018; these were followed in 2019 by his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic. Hrůša’s recordings with the Bamberg Symphony include a four-part Brahms-Dvořák cycle. His CD with piano concertos by Dvořák and Martinů, as well as a recording of Barber’s Vanessa from Glyndebourne, won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2020. Jakub Hrůša is president of the International Martinů Circle and the Dvořák Society. In 2015 he received the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 27 August 2019, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a
    program of works by Mozart, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.

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    Juliane Banse

    Born in southern Germany and raised in Zurich, soprano Juliane Banse first studied with Paul Steiner and Ruth Rohner before completing her training with Brigitte Fassbaender and Daphne Evangelatos. She made her debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Komische Oper in Berlin when she was only 20; this was followed by engagements at the Vienna and Bavarian Staatsoper companies well as at Zurich Opera, where she had great success appearing in the world premiere of Holliger’s Schneewittchen in 1998. Originally at home in the lyric repertoire, Banse’s engagements also extend to such roles as the Figaro Countess, which she first sang at the Salzburg Festival in 2006; Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; Schumann’s Genoveva; Tatiana in Eugene Onegin; Grete in Schreker’s Der ferne Klang; and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkava lier. In 2014, she appeared at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and made her debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Zdenka in Strauss’s Arabella. She took part in the world premiere of Holliger’s
    latest opera Lunea in Zurich in 2018, and, in 2019, appeared in the title role of Braunfels’s Jeanne d’Arc at Opernhaus Köln. Banse worked for many years with Claudio Abbado;
    she has also performed with Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Franz Welser-Möst. Last but not least, her acclaimed lieder interpretations are documented on numerous award-winning CDs. She received the Echo Klassik Award twice: for Braunfels’s Jeanne d'Arc and for Mahler’s Eighth under David Zinman. Juliane Banse has been a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since the winter of 2020-21.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 5 September 1996 with the lieder project Du holde Kunst (“Oh Lovely Art”).

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    Ilya Gringolts

    Born in 1982, violinist Ilya Gringolts first studied in his native St. Petersburg before transferring to the Juilliard School in New York, where he was taught for three years by Itzhak Perlman. In 1998 he won the Paganini Competition in Genoa, and from 2001 to 2003 he was a BBC New Generation Artist. Since then he has performed as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has devoted himself not only to the great violin concertos of the traditional repertoire but also to new works by Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Jarrell, Bernhard Lang, Beat Furrer, and André Tchaikovsky. Chamber music plays an important role for Gringolts, as his activities playing primarius in the Gringolts Quartet show. He has performed with his quartet at the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Gringolts has a rich discography that includes Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Stravinsky’s complete works for violin, and violin concertos by Weinberg, Dvořák, Korngold, and John Adams. His most recent recording, released in January 2021, is devoted to Locatelli concertos performed with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. In 2020, Gringolts and Ilan Volkov co-founded the I&I Foundation, which commissions compositions, to promote contemporary music. He teaches as a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the Accademia Chigiana. Ilya Gringolts plays on a violin built by Stradivari, the “ex Prové” from 1718.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 31 August 2006 in the Debut series playing works by Bartók, Bach, and Schumann.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Iris Szeghy, Miroslav Srnka and Beat Furrer in conversation with Mark Sattler (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.

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