Lucerne Festival Academy 1

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Elena Schwarz | Timothy McAllister | Kirill Gerstein

Adès | Sorey

Sat, 20.08. | 22.00

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival

09.08.-11.09. 2022




    Lucerne Festival Academy 1

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Elena Schwarz | Timothy McAllister | Kirill Gerstein

    Elena Schwarz  conductor
    Thomas Adès (*1971)
    In Seven Days. Piano Concerto with Moving Image

    (with video installation)

    Tyshawn Sorey
    new work for saxophone and orchestra

    (world premiere)

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)

    Lucerne Festival has launched a new orchestra this year with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO): an orchestra of excellence for the performance of new and contemporary music. The LFCO thus forms a counterpart to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and focuses on 20th- and 21st-century scores, from modern classics to commissioned works that will be premiered in Lucerne. The international members of the LFCO have all benefited from training at the Lucerne Festival Academy, which was initiated by Pierre Boulez and is now directed by Wolfgang Rihm. Thanks to its close ties to the Academy and its network, the LFCO is able to play a pioneering role in the interpretation of contemporary music and in the development of forward-looking concert formats. Through its projects, it exploits the possibilities of new technologies; interdisciplinary work gives rise to novel listening and concert experiences. The LFCO can be heard in numerous performances at the Lucerne Summer Festival, at Lucerne Festival Forward in November, and, of course, at guest performances all over the world. During its first summer, the LFCO collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, and Enno Poppe, among others, presenting music ranging from Stravinsky and Webern to world premieres by Amarouch, Colţea, Milenko, Vaughan, and Saunders. It participated in performances of Kagel’s Staatstheater at the Luzerner Theater, created the staged concert Bye-Bye Beethoven with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and performed at Musikfest Berlin and at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in October.

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    Elena Schwarz

    Born in 1985 in Lugano, the Australian-Swiss conductor Elena Schwarz initially studied cello and musicology before turning to conducting. She completed her master's degree with Laurent Gay at the Geneva Conservatory. She then specialized in contemporary music with Arturo Tamayo at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Additionally influences came from Peter Eötvös and Matthias Pintscher, as well as from master classes with Neeme Järvi and Bernard Haitink. She won the Norwegian Princess Astrid Competition in 2014 and, in 2015, took second prize at the Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in Vaasa. In 2017-18, Schwarz was an assistant to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. During this time, she also took up assistantships with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under Asher Fisch and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under Marko Letonja, which subsequently established the position of Associate Conductor for her. In the 2018-19 season, she was selected for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Dudamel Fellowship Program. Guest conducting engagements have taken Schwarz to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, as well as to such new music formations as Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ensemble Musikfabrik, and Collegium Novum Zurich. For the current season, she is scheduled to perform with the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Detroit and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, among others. At Lucerne Festival in 2016, she led the Lucerne Festival Academy in works by Olga Neuwirth. In the field of opera, she has appeared at the Norwegian Opera (Hansel and Gretel) and has conducted such works as Adam Maor’s The Sleeping Thousand: she led the world premiere at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and has also conducted it in Luxembourg and Lisbon.

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    Timothy McAllister

    Kirill Gerstein

    Kirill Gerstein, who was born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, came to classical music via jazz. At the age of 14 he was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study the latter discipline. After three years he decided to continue his training in the traditional classical field and studied with Solomon Mikowsky in New York, Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid, and Fe­renc Rados in Budapest. In 2001 Ger-stein won first prize at the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, in 2002 he garnered the Gilmore Young Artist Award, and in 2010 he was given an Avery Fisher Grant Award. This distinction has led to numerous appearances with leading American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the New York Philharmonic. His European career has also flourished. Gerstein has concertized with the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Czech Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Finnish as well as the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestras. In the current 2013-14 season he will in addition make his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Gerstein is a sought-after chamber musician. He has to date released two CDs with the violist Tabea Zimmermann, and he plays in a duo with Steven Isserlis and in a piano trio with Kolja Blacher and Cle­mens Hagen, which is currently presenting a Beethoven cycle in Basel and Florence. He moreover enjoys a friendship with András Schiff, who has invited him to perform at the Salzburg Festival as well as in Ittingen. Gerstein’s first solo CD, which was released in 2011, includes works by Liszt, Schumann, and Oliver Knussen.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 1 September 2005 playing works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Kreisler.

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