COEs räsonanz Konzert der musica viva, München
5-10 Juni 2018

Im Rahmen des räsonanz – Stifterkonzerts der Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung, präsentiert das Chamber Orchestra of Europe am 9. Juni 2018 Werke von Elliott Carter, George Benjamin, Enno Poppe und György Ligeti unter der Leitung von dem Amerikanischen Dirigenten David Robertson. Dieses Konzert findet statt im Prinzregententheater in München und macht teil aus des musica viva Wochenendes der Bayerischen Rundfunk.

Mehr Informationen zu diesem Projekt treffen Sie hierunter auf Englisch.

On this singular occasion, the COE welcomes back one of the finest violists in the world Tabea Zimmermann, who is a keen advocate of new repertoire for the viola and has inspired many composers such as Sally Beamish, Heinz Holliger and Jörg Widmann to write for her instrument. She will perform Enno Poppe’s Filz for viola, four clarinets and strings, which she premiered in 2015 together with Ensemble Resonanz, conducted by the composer himself.

The concert opens with Instances, the last fully completed orchestral work by American composer Elliot Carter, followed by George Benjamin’sThree inventions that stems from a 1995 Salzburg Festival commission. A second work by Carter sees the COE divided into five groups of four players each. Originally written for Pierre Boulez’ ensemble InterContemporain, Penthode is a slow movement in which a continuously unfolding line is passed on from player to player. A sense of connectedness and isolation are suggested by the five groups of varied instrumentalists.

Carter was also an inspiration to pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who paired his work to Mozart during the COE concerts at the 2015 Salzburg Mozart Woche festival. As a renewed advocate of contemporary repertoire and familiar soloist with the COE, Aimard draws the programme to an end with György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto.

Who better to lead the COE on this experimental musical journey than the American conductor David Robertson, valued worldwide as a champion for contemporary music? As former BBC Principal Guest Conductor and current Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he has recently been announced as the Director of Conducting Studies at The Juilliard School, a role he will take up this autumn.

This räsonanz concert is supported by the patrons of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. As part of BR-Klassik’s musica viva weekend, it will be broadcast on 26 June at 20:05 CET.


David Robertson

A consummate and deeply collaborative musician, David Robertson is hailed for his intensely committed music making and the COE is thrilled about this first collaboration. Having appeared at BR-Klassik’s musica viva festival in 2016 where he conducted the world premiere of Moritz Eggert’s Muzak for voice and orchestra in memory of David Bowie, Robertson is renowned as a champion of contemporary composers. The former Music Director of the Ensemble InterContemporain and protégé of Pierre Boulez is aside from new music, a highly sought-after podium figure in the worlds of opera and orchestral music.

Currently in his final season as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and his fifth season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he appears regularly in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Dresden Staatskapelle, and at the Berlin and Edinburgh Festivals and BBC Proms.


Tabea Zimmermann

Recognized as one of the most popular and renowned musicians of our time, German violist Tabea Zimmermann is highly committed to 20th century repertoire. She has inspired numerous composers to write for the viola and introduced many new works into the standard concert and chamber music repertoire.

In April 1994, she gave a highly successful world premiere of the Sonata for Solo Viola by György Ligeti, a work composed especially for her. Heinz Holliger dedicated his Recicanto for Viola and Orchestra to Tabea as well, which she performed during her first appearance with the COE under Holliger’s baton in 2004 at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Two further appearances followed in 2005 and 2007 with Tabea directing the COE from the viola in Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 in a concert programme featuring chamber music by Paul Hindemith. For two subsequent seasons Tabea has been artist-in-residence with the Ensemble Resonanz, with whom she premiered new work by Enno Poppe.


Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pierre-Laurent Aimard has performed with the COE for almost two decades of which the Beethoven piano concertos under Harnoncourt and directing Mozart from the keyboard highlight the ongoing relation. Aimard said about the COE, that “It’s a pleasure to share music with them – an indestructible joy.”

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. He has had close collaborations with many leading composers including Kurtág, Stockhausen, Carter, Boulez and George Benjamin and is one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Ligeti. Recent seasons have included the world premieres of Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless, as well as Carter’s last piece Epigrams for piano, cello and violin, which was written for Pierre-Laurent. In recognition of a life devoted to the service of music he was awarded the prestigious International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2017.



Have a listen to Pierre-Laurent Aimard talking about Ligeti and watch Tabea Zimmermann’s performance of Filz:

Pierre-Laurent Aimard on his collaboration with György Ligeti

Watch this video of Tabea Zimmermann performing Enno Poppe's 'Filz' with the Ensemble Resonanz at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg in 2015

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