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“Artistes étoiles” and “quartet-in-residence”

Mitsuko Uchida | Martin Grubinger | JACK Quartet

Mitsuko Uchida, one of the most sought-after pianists of our time, will appear in Lucerne in the

2013 Summer Festival as our “artiste étoile.” A total of four concerts from symphonic to chamber

and solo recital, with a highly varied range of programs, will show off her remarkable musical

versatility. In a solo recital on 20 August Uchida will perform works by Bach, Schoenberg, and

Schumann; together with soprano Dorothea Röschmann she will then offer an evening of lieder by

Berg and Schumann on 27 August. She joins the Quatuor Ebène on 1 September to play César

Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor, and on 7 September she will appear as the soloist in

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under

Mariss Jansons. Mitsuko Uchida was born in Tokyo and received her training in Vienna. She ranks

among the most deeply probing and stylistically confident performers of the works of Schubert,

Beethoven, and Mozart; Schumann, Claude Debussy, and the composers of the Second Viennese

School – Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern – are likewise part of her permanent repertoire.

20.8. | Recital 1 – Piano | J.S. Bach | Schoenberg | Schumann | Mitsuko Uchida

27.8. | Recital 2 – Lied | Berg: Seven Early Songs | Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39 | Frauenliebe

und Leben, Op. 42 | selected lieder | Dorothea Röschmann | Mitsuko Uchida

1.9. | Chamber Music | Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor | Quatuor Ebène | Mitsuko Uchida

7.9. | Symphony Concert 18 | Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 | Bavarian

Radio Symphony Orchestra | Mariss Jansons | Mitsuko Uchida

The percussionist Martin Grubinger will appear as the second “artiste étoile” for LUCERNE

FESTIVAL in Summer. Three years after his Lucerne debut, the 30-year-old Austrian returns to the

shores of Lake Lucerne. Together with his ensemble and Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, he will perform

works by Béla Bartók uad Fazil Say for two pianos and percussion and an arrangement of

Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps on 17 August in a “Late Night” concert. For the percussion

concerto Conjurer by the American composer John Corigliano on 11 September, Grubinger will play

no fewer than 30 different instruments as he is accompanied by the strings and brass of the

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by Friedrich Cerha,

which was written specifically for the multi-percussionist, ranks as “the most musically valuable

concerto in the percussion repertoire,” according to Grubinger. He will perform this work on 15

September in the KKL Luzern with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Lorin Maazel.

Grubinger was born in Salzburg and studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz as well as at the

Mozarteum in Salzburg. He was still a youth when he came to attention in such international

competitions as the second World Marimbaphone Competition in Okaya, Japan, and the EBU

Competition in Norway. Since then he has regularly performed in the leading concert halls and at

prestigious festivals.

17.8. | Late Night 1 | Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110 | Stravinsky: Le

Sacre du Printemps | Say: Variations for Two Pianos and Percussion, Op. 32

Martin Grubinger, Jr. | Martin Grubinger, Sr. | Leonhard Schmidinger | Ferhan and Ferzan Önder

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11.9. | Symphony Concert 23 | Corigliano: Conjurer. Concerto for Percussion, Strings, and Brass |

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra | Manfred Honeck | Martin Grubinger

15.9.| Symphony Concert 27 | Cerha: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra | Vienna Philharmonic

| Lorin Maazel | Martin Grubinger

As LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer’s “quartet-in-residence”, the JACK Quartet will perform

repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present. These four young Americans, who are especially

dedicated to contemporary music, are known for the joy they take in experimenting and have been

praised by critics for their “explosive virtuosity” (The Boston Globe) and “exciting interpretations”

(The New York Times). In the “Chamber Music Revolution” series, the “JACKs” will present music

from the Middle Ages to the modern era on 23 August, performing works by Lachenmann, Haas,

Rodericus, Xenakis and Dufay. Their program for 24 August includes two string quartets by Chaya

Czernowin, which will then be played simultaneously as an octet titled Anea Crystal. Also on 24

August, the “JACKs” will combine quartets by Anton Webern and Luigi Nono with a world premiere

of a work by Wolfgang von Schweinitz. Finally, on 1 September, they will join with musicians of the

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY to perform a monumental experiment in spatial music: the Fourth

String Quartet, Op. 33, by Horaţiu Rădulescu, which will be heard for the first time in the version for

nine string quartets.

These four Americans became acquainted while studying at the Eastman School of Music. They

were still students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY when they took part in 2005 in a

conversation concert with Helmut Lachenmann. Their own LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut followed in

2007 in a program of works by John Zorn, György Kurtág, John Cage, and Peter Eötvös.

23.8. | Chamber Music Revolution 1 | Lachenmann | Haas | Rodericus | Xenakis | Dufay

JACK Quartet | Lucas Fels

24.8.| Chamber Music Revolution 2 | Czernowin: Anea Crystal. Two String Quartets and an Octet |

JACK Quartet | Quatuor Diotima

24.8 | Chamber Music Revolution 5 | Schweinitz | Webern | Nono | JACK Quartet

26.8. | LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min | JACK Quartet goes Renaissance

1.9. | Modern 3 | Rădulescu: Fourth String Quartet, Op. 33 (in the version for nine string quartets) |

JACK Quartet | Students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

Contact for Press and Public Relations

Nina Steinhart, Head of PR | n.steinhart@lucernefestival.ch | t +41 (0)41 226 44-43 / -59 / -33

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