Symphony Concert N° 7

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Simon Höfele Trumpet
Lucas Lipari-Mayer Trumpet

Matthias Pintscher

  • »Chute d’Étoiles« for two Trumpets and Orchestra

Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Symphony No. 15 in A major, Opus 141

»Starfall«

Premiered 50 years ago, Dmitri Shostakovich’s final symphony is still subject to reinterpretation due to an abundance of musical references to his own works as well as to compositions ranging from Rossini to Wagner. There is no doubt, however, that for the gravely ill Shostakovich, his 15th Symphony was also a look back at his life. Examining his own history is also what drives the German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer. His Paris exhibition »Sternenfall« (Starfall) inspired our Composer-in-Residence, Matthias Pintscher, to write his concerto »Chute d’Étoiles«, with which Vladimir Jurowski will open the concert.

The advance booking will be announced later.

Das Konzert wird von MDR Klassik mitgeschnitten und zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt gesendet.
  • 20.03.2022
    11:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
  • 21.03.2022
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
  • 22.03.2022
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper

Vladimir Jurowski

Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972 and completed the first part of his music studies at the Moscow Conservatory's Music Academy. In 1990 he moved with his family to Germany and continued his studies at the conservatories in Dresden and Berlin, where he studied conducting with Rolf Reuter and singing with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival with Rimsky-Korsakov's »May Night« and in the same year he made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with »Nabucco«.

Recent highlights of the dedicated opera conductor Jurowski include »Die Frau ohne Schatten« at the Metropolitan Opera New York, »Wozzeck« at the Salzburg Festival, »Moses and Aaron« at the Komische Oper Berlin, his acclaimed debut at the Bavarian State Opera with Prokofiev's »The Fiery Angel« and his first return to Glyndebourne as guest conductor in the world premiere of Brett Dean's »Hamlet«.

In the 21/22 season, Jurowski returns to the Staatskapelle Dresden, conducts new productions of Shostakovich’s The Nose, and Penderecki’s Die Teufel von Loudun at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and showcases a wealth of symphonic repertoire from Mozart, Liszt, Enescu and Elgar, to Suk, Britten, Nikodijevic and Firsova, with particular focuses on Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Bruckner with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, and Shostakovich and Mahler with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.

Jurowski's discography with the London Philharmonic Orchestra includes the complete symphonies of Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as works by Haydn and Beethoven, Mahler, Zemlinsky, Holst, Rachmaninov and Szymanovsky, Turnage, Denisov and Silvestrov. His tenure as Music Director at Glyndebourne has been documented by numerous CD and DVD releases, including award-winning productions. Other DVD releases include »Hänsel and Gretel« by the Metropolitan Opera New York, his first concert as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra with works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler, and DVDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, all released by Medici Arts.

Jurowski is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He takes up the position of General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich from the 2021/22 season, stepping down from his highly-acclaimed fifteen year tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to become their Conductor Emeritus. In addition he holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest.  Previously, he was Principal Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin, Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and will assume the position of General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from the 2021/22 season.

Simon Höfele

Simon Höfele is one of the most exciting trumpeters of the up-and-coming generation. He is BBC Radio3 new generation artist, Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) 2019-20, nominated by Philharmonie Cologne, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and was »Junger Wilder« at Konzerthaus Dortmund. He has already made his solo debut with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen also at Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Wien, Bozar Brussels, Elbphilharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Prinzregententheater and Gasteig München and important festivals such as Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, MiTo in Milano and Torino, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Rheingau Musik Festival and many others.

In the 2021/2022 season, Simon Höfele is artist-in-residence with the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester, where he can be heard and seen in a wide range of orchestral and chamber-music programmes. He will appear in solo recitals and orchestral concerts at venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Isarphilharmonie in Munich, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Müpa in Budapest and with ensembles such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Badische Staatskapelle, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also appear at the Musikfest Berlin, the Grafenegg Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling festival and the Lower Saxony Music Festival.

In addition to well-known trumpet repertoire ranging from Telemann, Tartini, Haydn, Hummel and Mozart to Jolivet, Arutjunjan and Zimmermann, Simon Höfele also frequently performs contemporary music. He gave the first performance of Pintscher’s double concerto for two trumpets and orchestra (»Chute d’étoiles«, 2012) and premiered works of Mark Simpson, Kaan Bulak, Nina Šenk a.o. Simon Höfele also plays chamber music of every variety with great enthusiasm. His partners include the pianists Frank Dupree, Eriko Takezawa and Kärt Ruubel.

Simon Höfele is signed to Berlin Classics as an exclusive artist. His album “Standards” with the trumpet concertos of Haydn, Hummel, Arutjunjan and Copland, which was recorded with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Duncan Ward and released in early 2020, was acclaimed by music critics and awarded the OPUS KLASSIK 2020 prize as “concert recording of the year.” The album “New Standards”, featuring classic recital pieces by Hindemith, Honegger, Francaix and Enescu, among others, which was released in spring 2021, also met with the highest praise from reviewers and concert organisers.

Alongside his musical projects, Simon Höfele is also active in cultural politics, and has founded the association »Kunstverlust«, for which he, as a photographer, portrays people who work to support art and prevent its destruction.

Lucas Lipari-Mayer

Born in 1996 into a French Italo-Hungaro family, Lucas Lipari-Mayer was appointed soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in June 2018. In September 2018, he was semi-finalist of the ARD competition in Munich; in October 2018, he won the 1st prize and the audience's prize at the Città di Porcia International Trumpet Competition (Italy) and in November 2019 the 1st prize at the Théo Charlier International Competition (Belgium).

Lucas Lipari-Mayer studied at the CRR in Paris with Gérard Boulanger, Serge Delmas and Clément Saunier. He unanimously obtained the 1st Prize of the Paris CRR in June 2013, after having won numerous successes and various national and international competitions (Jeju-South Korea, Alençon, Selmer, RIC Namur ...). He is regularly invited to international academies such as World-K Trumpet Camp (South Korea 2018-2019) Chosen Vale Trumpet International, Lucerne Festival Academy (2015, 2016), Musikalpa Brass Festival, Bach Festival in Toul ( 2018-2019, France), »Le Son des Cuivres« in Mamers (France). In May 2017, he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts - Los Angeles), under the tutelage of Edward Carroll, a training mainly devoted to new and experimental music, which allows him to explore different directories. Since then he has continued his Masters in Malmö (Sweden) at the Musikhögskolan with the internationally renowned trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.

He has played and plays regularly with various groups and orchestras: Paris Opera, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orchester de Chambre de Paris, Malmö All Star Brass Ensemble, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band Aeolus , Carillon Quartet and the Los Angeles-based experimental company: The Industry. He also performs regularly in trumpet-singing or trumpet-organ duo as part of various cultural events (Bach Festival, events in Saint-Eustache,… ..).