Mendelssohn & Schumann

Soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Yulianna Avdeeva

Schumann | Mendelssohn

Sat, 09.04. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Spring Festival

08.04.-10.04. 2022




    Mendelssohn & Schumann

    Soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Yulianna Avdeeva

    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Three Romances for oboe and piano, Op. 94
    Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    Octet in E-flat major for four violins, two violas, and two celli, Op. 20

    When Felix Mendelssohn took up his post as kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus in August 1835, he found a close confidant in Robert Schumann. For two years, until Mendelssohn’s marriage to Cécile Jeanrenaud took place, the two met almost daily for lunch, exchanging ideas about their musical discoveries or their shared role model, Johann Sebastian Bach. Early on, Mendelssohn championed the young pianist Clara Wieck, Schumann’s future wife, and engaged her for Gewandhaus concerts. It was no coincidence that Mendelssohn also took on sponsorship of Schumann’s first-born daughter Marie. Of course he premiered several of Schumann’s works as a conductor as well. But is it possible to hear traces of their friendship in their music? This chamber concert pairs Mendelssohn’s early string Octet, a work of genius he wrote at the age of 17, with Schumann’s Piano Quartet from 1842. Both works captivate through their extreme transparency and beguiling beauty. Yet while Mendelssohn’s lively music seems to soar aloft, Schumann’s sound world opens up a view into the depths of his soul.


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    Soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra

    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. They established a link with the legendary “elite orchestra” for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time to create a magnificent ensemble, introducing it in a “Concert de Gala” in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra up until his death in January 2014. He was succeeded in 2016 by Riccardo Chailly, who has since extended his contract until 2026. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Herbert Blomstedt. The orchestra is composed of internationally renowned principals, chamber musicians, and music professors, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. Many of their performances have been broadcast on television and are now available on DVD or CD; these have been awarded such prizes as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most recent release is a Strauss CD, which appeared in 2019. On DVD, the first installment of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Chailly was released in 2020, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with soloist Denis Matsuev and the Third Symphony. Guest appearances have taken the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to numerous European musical capitals, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

    July 2021

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    Yulianna Avdeeva

    The pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, who was born in 1985 in Moscow, began learning piano at the age of five at the Gnessin Academy of Music in her native city. She later studied there with Vladimir Tropp before transferring to the Zurich Hochschule der Künste, where she took the master class led by Konstantin Scherbakov. She also gained significant inspiration from Dmitri Bashkirov, William Grant Naboré, and Fou Ts’ong at the International Piano Academy at Lake Como. In 2006 and 2007, she was among the prize winners at the Concours de Genève and the Paderewski Competition, after which she won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2010. Yulianna Avdeeva has since then concertized all over the world, having performed with the London and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics; the Pittsburgh, Montreal, and São Paulo Symphonies; the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. She has given recitals at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, Wigmore Hall in London, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, and the Ruhr and La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festivals. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in the summer of 2017 with a Mozart matinee. During the 2017-18 season, Yulianna Avdeeva’s performance calendar includes her debuts with the Bamberg Symphony and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra; she will additionally undertake a European tour with the violinist Julia Fischer, performing in Baden-Baden, Warsaw, Prague, Alicante, and Bilbao. She has recorded the Chopin piano concertos with the Orchestra of the 18th Century under Frans Brüggen, as well as works by Schubert, Mozart, Liszt, and Prokofiev. In October 2017 she released a recording of works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2016 playing Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Anu Tali.

    November 2017

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