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.

Information on advanced ticket sale will be announced in autumn 2021.

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 19/20 season, Jurowski places a special emphasis on opera: He opens the Radio Symphony Orchestra season with »Die Frau ohne Schatten« in Berlin and Bucharest, continues his semi-staged cycle of Wagner's »Der Ring des Nibelungen« with the London Philharmonic with »Siegfried« and returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to conduct a new Claus Guth production of »Jenůfa«, as well as to the Komische Oper Berlin for Barrie Kosky's new production of Henze's »Die Bassariden«. At the Berlin State Opera he will again work with Claus Guth in a new production of Mussorgksy's »Khovanshchina«, and in Moscow he will conduct performances of Wustin's »The Devils in Love« at the Stanislavsky Theatre and »Boris Godunov« with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Vladimir Jurowski is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and will celebrate his tenth anniversary as Chief Conductor of the London Philharmonic in 2017, having been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra in 2007 after four years. He is also Chief Artist of the Orchestra of the Enlightenment, Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the International George Enescu Festival in 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 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. 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,… ..).