Andermatt Music Autumn Festival 2019
About This Event
The Autumn Festival marked a partnership with LUCERNE FESTIVAL which programmed this spectacular three day event.
Starring: Gabriela Montero, Benjamin Grosvenor and Soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Daniel Harding.
Thursday 24th October 2019
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, op. 53, Waldstein
Johannes Brahms – Three Intermezzi, op. 117
Gabriela Montero – Improvisations
Gabriela Montero – Piano
Friday 25th October 2019
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493
Gustav Mahler – Piano Quartet in A minor
Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25
Benjamin Grosvenor – Piano
Raphael Christ – Violin
Raphael Sachs – Viola
Jens Peter Maintz – Cello
Saturday 26th October 2019
Antonín Leopold Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, op. 72
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Daniel Harding – Conductor
Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times that “Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power...soulful lyricism...unsentimental expressivity.”
Recipient of the prestigious 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize, Montero’s recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony (Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla), New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo (Aziz Shokhakimov), Belgian National Orchestra (Hugh Wolff), and the Bournemouth Symphony (Carlos Miguel Prieto). Montero also recently made debut and return performances at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Edinburgh Festival, respectively, performing her own “Latin” Concerto with the Orchestra of the Americas. Additional highlights include a recital at London’s LSO St Luke’s, a repeat tour with the Scottish Ensemble, this time featuring Montero’s latest composition Babel, and her long-awaited return to Warsaw for the Chopin in Europe Festival, marking 22 years since her prize win at the International Chopin Piano Competition. Montero also recently re-joined forces with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, Jaime Martin and the Orquestra de Cadaqués for concerts in Madrid and Barcelona, and Alexander Shelley and the São Paolo Symphony.
Celebrated for her exceptional musicality and ability to improvise, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras to date, including: the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and the Cleveland Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Residentie Orkest.
A graduate and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero is also a frequent recitalist and chamber musician, having given concerts at such distinguished venues as the Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Cologne Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Sydney Opera House, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Lisbon Gulbenkian Museum, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Seoul’s LG Arts Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and at the Barbican’s ‘Sound Unbound’, Edinburgh, Salzburg, SettembreMusica in Milan and Turin, Lucerne, Ravinia, Gstaad, Saint-Denis, Violon sur le Sable, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Rheingau, Ruhr, Trondheim, Bergen, and Lugano festivals.
Montero is also an award-winning and bestselling recording artist. Her most recent album, released in summer 2015 on the Orchid Classics label, featured Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and her first orchestral composition, Ex Patria, winning Montero her first Latin Grammy® for Best Classical Album (Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica). Previous recordings include Bach and Beyond, which held the top spot on the Billboard Classical Charts for several months and garnered her two Echo Klassik Awards: the 2006 Keyboard Instrumentalist of the Year and 2007 Award for Classical Music without Borders. In 2008, she also received a Grammy® nomination for her album Baroque, and in 2010 she released Solatino, a recording inspired by her Venezuelan homeland and devoted to works by Latin American composers.
Montero made her formal debut as a composer with Ex Patria, a tone poem designed to illustrate and protest Venezuela’s descent into lawlessness, corruption, and violence. The piece was premiered in 2011 by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Montero’s first full-length composition, Piano Concerto No. 1, the “Latin“ Concerto, was first performed at the Leipzig Gewandhaus with the MDR Sinfonieorchester and Kristjan Järvi, and subsequently recorded and filmed with the Orchestra of the Americas for the ARTE Konzert channel.
Winner of the 4th International Beethoven Award, Montero is a committed advocate for human rights, whose voice regularly reaches beyond the concert hall. She was named an Honorary Consul by Amnesty International in 2015, and recognised with Outstanding Work in the Field of Human Rights by the Human Rights Foundation for her ongoing commitment to human rights advocacy in Venezuela. She was invited to participate in the 2013 Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, and has spoken and performed twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters. She was also awarded the 2012 Rockefeller Award for her contribution to the arts and was a featured performer at Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Inauguration.
Born in Venezuela, Montero started her piano studies at age four with Lyl Tiempo, making her concerto debut at age eight in her hometown of Caracas. This led to a scholarship from the government to study privately in the USA and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne.
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“He commands the stage with aristocratic ease … Mr. Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy …
A temperament rare in yesteryear, let alone now.” (David Allen, The New York Times)
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognised for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most arduous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his music making. Described as “one in a million...several million” by The Independent, he has also been lauded as “a keyboard visionary” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, and he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms aged just nineteen. A pianist of widespread international acclaim, he was announced as the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic in 2016.
Recent and forthcoming concerto highlights include engagements with the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne, Hallé Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Nacional de España, Filarmonica della Scala, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London, Melbourne, San Francisco, and Washington National Symphony Orchestras. Benjamin works with such esteemed conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreyko, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Alan Gilbert, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Jurowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Andrew Manze, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Nathalie Stutzmann, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Urbański, and with Kazuki Yamada.
Among Benjamin’s major recital dates in the 2018/19 season are London’s Barbican Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, Madrid’s Ciclo Grandes Intérpretes, San Francisco Performances, Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s recital series, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Milan’s Societá dei Concerti and Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona. Also a keen chamber musician, he joins Tabea Zimmermann and others for a performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet at Bonn’s Beethoven-Woche 2019, and together with the Doric String Quartet performs piano quintets by Fauré and Dvořák as well as chamber settings of Chopin’s Piano Concertos as part of his concert series at London’s Barbican in 2019.
In 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics, becoming the youngest British musician ever, and the first British pianist in almost 60 years, to sign to the label. Benjamin’s fourth CD on the label, Homages (2016), explores a number of works in which great composers pay tribute to their predecessors, including Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s great solo violin Chaconne, Franck’s Choral, Prelude and Fugue and Liszt’s tribute to Italian folk song, Venezia e Napoli. Named Instrumental Recording of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, the disc was also awarded a Diapason d'Or, with Diapason's critic declaring that “his pianistic ingenuity, his lyrical voice and aristocratic distinction remind one of the young Josef Hofmann or Ignaz Friedman. The whole recital is charged with Romantic élan.”
During his sensational career to date, Benjamin has received Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Awards, a Classic Brits Critics’ Award, UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent and a Diapason d’Or Jeune Talent Award. He has been featured in two BBC television documentaries, BBC Breakfast and The Andrew Marr Show, as well as in CNN’s Human to Hero series.
The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin began playing the piano aged 6. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, where he graduated in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ and in 2016 was awarded a Fellowship. Benjamin has been supported since 2013 by EFG International, the widely respected global private banking group.
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians who became acquainted as part of the European Community Youth Orchestra (now EUYO). There are now about 60 members of the COE, who pursue parallel careers as principals or section leaders of nationally-based orchestras, as eminent chamber musicians, and as tutors of music.
From the start, the COE's identity was shaped by its partnerships with leading conductors and soloists. It was Claudio Abbado above all who served as an important mentor in the early years. He led the COE in staged works such as Rossini's 11 viaggio a Reims and ll barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni and conducted numerous concerts featuring works by Schubert and Brahms in particular. Nikolaus Harnoncourt also had a major influence on the development of the COE through his performances and recordings of all of the Beethoven symphonies, as well as through opera productions at the Salzburg, Vienna, and Styriarte festivals.
Currently the Orchestra works closely with Sir Andras Schiff and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who are all Honorary Members. The 2019-20 season sees the COE perform with some of the world's most renowned conductors and soloists including Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Joshua Bell, Rudolf Buchbinder, Renaud Capucon, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Francois Leleux, Jan Lisiecki, Andrew Manze, Francesco Piemontesi, Matthias Pintscher, Izabella Simon, Denes Varjon, Yuja Wang and Joshua Weilterstein.
The COE has strong links with many of the major festivals and concert halls in Europe including the Cologne Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Paris Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. In partnership with the Kronberg Academy, the COE will become the first-ever orchestra-in-residence at the future Casals Forum in Kronberg from 2021.
With more than 250 works in its discography, the COE's CDs have won numerous international prizes, including two Grammys and three Gramophone Record of the Year Awards. Their most recent releases include 'Visions of Prokofiev' with Lisa Batiashvili which won an Opus Klassik, Mozart operas La Clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflote, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 with Seong-Jin Cho, all conducted by Yannick Nezet¬Seguin, and Schumann's Cello Concerto with Gautier Capucon and conducted by Bernard Haitink.
In 2009, the COE Academy was created in order to give a select group of exceptional students the chance to study with the principal players of COE and, importantly, to give the students the opportunity to travel "on tour" with the orchestra.
The COE is a private orchestra which receives invaluable financial support from particularly the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and a further number of Friends including Dasha Shenkman, Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement, the Rupert Hughes Will Trust, the Underwood Trust, the 35th Anniversary Friends and American Friends.
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Daniel Harding, who was born in 1975 in Oxford, began his career as an assistant to Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. He made his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and, in 1996, with the Berlin Philharmonic, with which he continues to perform regularly. His first leadership positions led him to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which elected him Honorary Conductor for Life. He has been Principal Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and has extended his contract there until 2023. From 2016 to the summer of 2019, he headed the Orchestre de Paris and, from 2007 to 2016, he was additionally Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Harding also works with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Saxon Staatskapelle, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the leading American orchestras. As an opera conductor, Harding has been a regular guest conductor at the Aix-en-Provence Festival since 1998, where he led Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in 2017. He has conducted works including Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival and Verdi’s Falstaff as well as Schubert’s Fierabras at La Scala in Milan. The Vienna, Bavarian, and Berlin Staatsoper companies as well as the Royal Opera House in London have also engaged him for a variety of productions. Daniel Harding was awarded the Premio Abbiati Italian Critics’ Prize in 2011. His recordings have garnered the Choc de l’Année, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, the Gramophone Award, and a Grammy. He has been a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2002 and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2012.
Daniel Harding conducts regularly at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. His debut in Lucerne was on 16 August 2003 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Haydn, Kelterborn, and Schumann; last appearance here was on 10 September 2017, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in works by Debussy and Mahler.
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Raphael Christ, born in Berlin in 1982, started playing violin at the age of six. His teachers were Abraham Jaffe, Thomas Brandis, Antje Weithaas and Rainer Kussmaul. He performed in the Berlin Philharmonie, in Tivoli Copenhagen, in Rudolfinum Prague, in Gasteig Munich and in Australia. As a soloist he appeared with orchestras like the Stuttgard Chamber Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Czech Philharmonic and the Copenhagen Philharmonic amongst others with Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim. He was invited by Claudio Abbado from 2003-2006 as concertmaster in the «Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester», in 2006 under his direction the leader of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. In 2017 Riccardo Chailly named him concertmaster in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.
The violist, born in Waldschut, already performed on many important international stages. His chamber music partners include musicians like Gidon Kremer, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta. After completing his training with Prof. Hatto Beyerle and Prof. Wolfram Christ, Raphael Sachs was first awarded for a scholarship by the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic before taking up his first position with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin. Since 2009 he is deputy. solo violist in the SWR Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA for many years and is increasingly dedicated to teaching at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.
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Jens Peter Maintz enjoys an outstanding reputation as a versatile soloist, highly sought-after chamber musician, and committed cello teacher. He studied with David Geringas and took part in masterclasses with Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow and Frans Helmerson. As a soloist he performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Herbert Blomstedt, appearing with orchestras like the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra. Since 2004 he has been professor at Berlin University of the Arts, since 2017 also at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofía Madrid. With his “Cello Duello” partner Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt he performs at festivals such as the Kronberg Festival and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Since 2006, Jens Peter Maintz has been principal cellist of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.
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Famous orchestras, legendary conductors, and virtuoso soloists join together three times a year on the idyllic location of Lake Lucerne to celebrate the joy of music. In the concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel, which is renowned for its phenomenal acoustics and its exquisite architecture alike, they encounter an audience that is no less international and sophisticated. Some 110,000 visitors annually make the trip to Lucerne to experience one of the most exquisite and storied music festivals and to hear the international stars of classical music right in the heart of Switzerland.
At the Summer Festival, you can experience more than 100 events, among them some 30 symphony concerts, within a period of just four weeks. Every year since 2003, the Festival has been launched by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, which Claudio Abbado founded that same year. Since 2016, Riccardo Chailly has been at the helm of this splendid ensemble comprising internationally acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, teachers, and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. The Festival also includes its own master school for new music in the form of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, which was founded by Pierre Boulez and Festival Director Michael Haefliger and which has been led by Wolfgang Rihm since 2016. Along with cultivating the traditional repertoire, which is performed by leading international performers, LUCERNE FESTIVAL is deeply committed to the realm of contemporary music: each year the work of one or two composers-in-residence is given a spotlight. Also receiving a focus are “artistes étoiles,” specific performers who are prominent in the programming and who actively present their art in a wide variety of contexts. Each summer is devoted to a specific theme that governs the choice of works in the programming. Such innovative event formats as the 40min and Young Performance series LUCERNE FESTIVAL is forging new paths and opening the way toward a wider range of audiences.