Luzerner Sinfonieorchester

“The playing of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester under James Gaffigan is sharp, incisive, appropriately-paced and precisely focused.” (MusicWeb International)

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Overview

The Luzerner Sinfonieorchester is Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestra, and is resident at the KKL Luzern, the city’s modern culture and convention centre.

In addition to concerts with Chief Conductor James Gaffigan, the orchestra regularly works with conductors such as Michael Gielen, Neeme Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Matthias Bamert, Andrey Boreyko, Kristjan Järvi, Peter Eötvös, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Tugan Sokhiev and former Chief Conductor Jonathan Nott.

Visiting soloists include Julia Fischer, Hilary Hahn, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, Maria João Pires, Fazil Say, Krystian Zimerman, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Martin Fröst, the Arditti Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio.

The Luzerner Sinfonieorchester is Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestra, and is resident at the KKL Luzern, the city’s modern culture and convention centre.

In addition to concerts with Chief Conductor James Gaffigan, the orchestra regularly works with conductors such as Michael Gielen, Neeme Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Matthias Bamert, Andrey Boreyko, Kristjan Järvi, Peter Eötvös, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Tugan Sokhiev and former Chief Conductor Jonathan Nott.

Visiting soloists include Julia Fischer, Hilary Hahn, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, Maria João Pires, Fazil Say, Krystian Zimerman, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Martin Fröst, the Arditti Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio.

In addition to programming the core classical and Romantic repertoire, the orchestra has long been a champion of contemporary music, commissioning works from composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Rodion Shchedrin, Benjamin Yusupov, Fazil Say, David Philip Hefti, Pascal Dusapin and Marc-André Dalbavie. A series of premieres by Wolfgang Rihm was presented to great acclaim in the 2011/12 season.

Reflecting its growing reputation at home and abroad the orchestra has, in recent years, been invited to perform at the Grosse Festspielhaus, Salzburg; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; the Shostakovich Philharmonia in St. Petersburg; Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris; Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Barbican Hall, London. In June 2011 the LSO undertook a two-week tour of China; this was the orchestra's second time in Asia, having completed a three-week tour of Japan in 2008. Key debuts in the 2013/14 season include the George Enescu Festival, Bucharest and the Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow. HarrisonParrott is proud to have worked with the LSO for their tour in Turkey and Croatia in April 2016.

The orchestra’s discography includes a DVD of works by Shchedrin, Dvořák, Franck and Shostakovich for the Accentus Music label; Wolfgang Rihm's symphony "Nähe fern" for harmonia mundi and Fazil Say's Violin Concerto for Naive Classique. It has also recorded three CDs of works by Schreker and others for Nimbus Records. Works by Wolfgang Rihm have also appeared on the Austrian Kairos label, piano concertos featuring Chopin and Grieg on Sony Classical, and an album of works by Sofia Gubaidulina on BIS.

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Reviews

“The playing of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester under James Gaffigan is sharp, incisive, appropriately-paced and precisely focused. Yet it's also playing which admits of exploration, reflection and an unhurried examination of the priorities which a modern composer has - particularly texture and melody, harmony and tempo.” (MusicWeb International, July 2013)

“The playing of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester under James Gaffigan is sharp, incisive, appropriately-paced and precisely focused. Yet it's also playing which admits of exploration, reflection and an unhurried examination of the priorities which a modern composer has - particularly texture and melody, harmony and tempo.” (MusicWeb International, July 2013)