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SUMMER TOUR 2017 - 30 Years GMJO

The Summer Tour 2017 marks the second great tour project of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER within its 30th anniversary year.
 
Ingo Metzmacher, one of the leading conductors of our time, has already conducted the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER in 2003, 2005, and 2009. His return for the Summer Tour 2017 stands for yet another tour project offering an insight into extraordinary concert repertoire: Olivier Messiaen´s  Turangalîla Symphony marks one concert programme, whilst the other concert programme combines Arnold Schoenberg´s rarely performed Begleitungsmusik für eine Lichtspielszene with the Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin and eminent ballet suites of Béla Bartók (The Miraculous Mandarin) and Maurice Ravel (Daphnis and Chloë). Works by Antonín Dvořák (In Nature´s Realm) and This Midnight Hour, a new piece by British composer Anna Clyne, complete the extensive repertoire of the Summer Tour 2017.
 
The world-famous French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER after his first guest-appearance in 2013. For this project, he collaborates with Ingo Metzmacher for the very first time and performs both Olivier Messiaen´s Turangalîla Symphony and George Gershwin´s Piano Concerto in F. Jean-Yves Thibaudet has already recorded both works for CD, winning highest international acclaim.
 
 

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie
is one of the leading virtuosos of the Ondes Martenot, an electronic instrument that was first developed in the 1920´s and which was often used by composers like Olivier Messiaen, Arthur Honegger, and Edgard Varese. Many of Valérie Hartmann-Claverie´s concerts and recordings, also of Messiaen´s Turangalîla Symphony, are widely regarded as interpretative milestones. 
 

The rehearsal period in the residency partner city Bolzano / Bozen, which guarantees the summer rehearsal periods of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER for many years - inclusive of a special Chamber Music concert with ensembles of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER - , opens the extensive Summer Tour 2017. 



After this, a second rehearsal period leads the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER for the first time to the new residency partner city Pordenone (supported by the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia). Following the initial concerts in Bolzano / Bozen, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER starts its Summer Tour 2017. 



In addition to the traditional annual appearances at the Salzburg Festival,  the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthaus, and the Dresden Semperopera – upon invitation of the Staatskapelle Dresden, Partner Orchestra of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER -  , the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER makes its debut at the iconic Hamburg Elbphilharmonie which was opened in January 2017.
 


The opening concerts of the MiTo Festival, with two concerts at the Teatro alla Scala in Milano and the Teatro Regio in Torino, and of the concert season at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, mark another high point of the Summer Tour 2017. 













For the first time ever, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER appears at the Beethovenfest Bonn, and the final concert at the Dvořák Festival in Prague, which marks the return of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER to the Prague Rudolfinum (after more than 20 years), concludes the Summer Tour 2017. 

Lorenzo Viotti, Assistant Conductor since 2016/17 and very successfully appearing with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER for the first time in Lisbon in March 2017, conducts two special concerts within the Pordenone residency: Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 7 (Unfinished) and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 5 (Reformation) are performed at the historic Basilica di Aquileia and at the Duomo di Tolmezzo. 















Erste Bank and Vienna Insurance Group are main sponsors of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. 


Julius Bär and the Förderstiftung des GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTERS are sponsors of the tour projects of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.

 

 

The Bundeskanzleramt - Kunstsektion of the Republic of Austria, the City Council of Vienna (Magistrat der Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 7 – Kultur) and the Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres of the Republic of Austria support the tour projects of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. 

                


The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is Ambassador UNICEF Austria. 

 
Photo credits:
(1) Ingo Metzmacher © Harald Hoffmann
(2) Jean-Yves Thibaudet © Decca-Kasskara
(3) Valérie Hartmann-Claverie © Valérie Hartmann-Claverie 
(4) Ingo Metzmacher, GMJO in Bolzano © Gregor Khuen Belasi
(5) GMJO in Pordenone © Luca A. d’Agostino, Phocus Agency
(6) Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan
(7) Teatro alla Scala © CC BY-SA 2.0
(8) Franz Welser-Möst, GMJO in Milan © Cosimo Filippini
(9) Lorenzo Viotti © Lorenzo Viotti
(10) Lorenzo Viotti, GMJO in Lisbon © Márcia Lessa

 

Concerts

18 August 2017 8:30 PM Aquileia – Basilica di Aquileia
Lorenzo Viotti
Schubert, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
19 August 2017 7:30 PM Tolmezzo – Duomo di Tolmezzo

Lorenzo Viotti
Schubert, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
24 August 2017 8:30 PM Bolzano / Bozen – Nuovo Teatro Comunale / Neues Stadttheater
Bolzano Festival Bozen
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Schoenberg, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel
25 August 2017 8:00 PM Salzburg – Felsenreitschule
Salzburg Festival
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Schoenberg, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel
27 August 2017 8:30 PM Bolzano / Bozen – Nuovo Teatro Comunale / Neues Stadttheater
Bolzano Festival Bozen
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, Ondes Martenot
Messiaen
29 August 2017 8:00 PM Amsterdam – Concertgebouw
Robeco Summer Nights
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Schoenberg, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel
30 August 2017 8:00 PM Hamburg – Elbphilharmonie
Elbphilharmonie Sommer
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, Ondes Martenot
Messiaen
31 August 2017 8:00 PM Berlin – Konzerthaus
Young Euro Classic
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Schoenberg, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel
02 September 2017 11:00 AM Dresden – Semperoper
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, Ondes Martenot
Messiaen
03 September 2017 9:00 PM Milan – Teatro alla Scala
MITO SettembreMusica
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Clyne, Gershwin, Dvořák, Ravel
04 September 2017 9:00 PM Turin – Teatro Regio
MITO SettembreMusica
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Clyne, Gershwin, Dvořák, Ravel
06 September 2017 8:45 PM Pordenone – Teatro Comunale
Associazione Teatro Pordenone
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Schoenberg, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel
07 September 2017 8:45 PM Pordenone – Teatro Comunale
Associazione Teatro Pordenone
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, Ondes Martenot
Messiaen
08 September 2017 8:30 PM Verona – Teatro Filarmonico
Teatro Filarmonico
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Dvořák, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel
09 September 2017 8:00 PM World Conference Center Bonn
Beethovenfest Bonn
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Schoenberg, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel
11 September 2017 8:00 PM Prague – Rudolfinum
Dvořákova Praha
Ingo Metzmacher
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Dvořák, Gershwin, Bartók, Ravel

Concertmaster Auditions!

The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is holding auditions for the position of Concertmaster!

For more information, conditions and application procedure click here.


 
Photo credits:
© Cosimo Filippini

Triumphant Easter Tour 2017 - 30 Years GMJO

 „A Revelation“ – this is the headline of the review from 4 April 2017 in the Frankfurter Rundschau on the final concert of the Easter Tour 2017 of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER in the Alte Oper Frankfurt. DANIEL HARDING and CHRISTIAN GERHAHER were the acclaimed protagonists of the 30th anniversary tour of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.



Two extraordinarily ambitious concert programmes with works by Schubert, Berg and Bruckner and Schoenberg, Berlioz and Schumann respectively – amongst others, CHRISTIAN GERHAHER sang  Alban Berg's Altenberg-Lieder and Berlioz' Les Nuits d'été - , and also the combination of two arias by Franz Schubert from his opera Alfonso und Estrella with Anton Bruckner's Symphony no. 5 in one and Arnold Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces op. 16 (in the version from 1909) with Robert Schumann's Symphony no. 2 in the other programme underlined the strong dramaturgical concept, as it is always the case with tour projects of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. This was expressly praised by the press: „[…] programas enormemente variados y exigentes.“ (Rafael Banús Irusta, Scherzo 27.3.2017).



The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER successfully performed 11 concerts in 7 European countries, guest-appearing at some of the most prestigious European presenters and concert halls. The two initial concerts in Lisbon at the end of the more than two weeks long residency at the Gulbenkian Foundation (which was realised for the fourth time already) were reviewed as „Concertos do Século“ (Jorge Calado, Expresso 25.3.2017). The Spanish press, covering intensely this anniversary tour – also focusing on the many Spanish orchestra members – praised the four concerts in Madrid (as every year, in the prestigious Ibermúsica cycle „Gran orquestas del mundo“), in Barcelona and, for the first time, in Zaragoza: „Estupenda la Joven Orquesta Gustav Mahler que fundara el gran Claudio Abbado.“ (Javier del Olivo, Platea Magazine 28.3.2017). „Segurament és la millor orquestra juvenil del món.“ (Elsa Álvarez Forges, Núvol 3.4.2017). 

The long-awaited return of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER to the Philharmonie in Luxemburg was reviewed enthusiastically: „Avec un jeune orchestre d’élite, Daniel Harding fait des merveilles, avec l’aide de Christian Gerhaher.“ (Dominique Adrian, ResMusica 26.3.2017), and also the concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris received highest acclaim: „Symbole d´intélligence, de vérité et d´espoir […], l´Orchestre Gustav Mahler nous a fait voyager loin.“ (Dionysios Dervis-Bournias, Huffington Post 27.3.2017). And the Vienna-based Kronen Zeitung used this headline for its review on the concert at the Vienna Musikverein, where the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER appears every year: „Triumphale Tournee“ (Florian Krenstetter, Kronen Zeitung 2.4.2017). 



Recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER (from 2016/17), LORENZO VIOTTI - winner of the International Conducting Competition in Cadaqués and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015 - conducted the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, joined by the Gulbenkian Choir, in Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, together with Arthur Honegger's Symphony Nr. 3 ("Liturgique") and Olivier Messiaen's Les Offrandes Oubliées. The other concert programme, marking Viotti´s debut with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, combined works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with Maurice Ravel's Bolero, which he conducted for a sold-out audience.



The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER receives support from the Bundeskanzleramt – Kunstsektion of the Republic of Austria, from the Magistrat der Stadt Wien – MA 7 / Kultur, and from the Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres of the Republic of Austria.

                               


Erste Bank and Vienna Insurance Group are Main Sponsors of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.

     

Further support is granted from Julius Bär and the Förderstiftung of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.

 

 

Since 2012, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is Ambassador UNICEF Austria.



Photo credits:
(1), (2), (3), (6) © Márcia Lessa
(4) © Marco Caselli Nirmal
(5) © Auditorio de Zaragoza

EASTER TOUR 2017 - 30 Years GMJO

British conductor Daniel Harding leads the Easter Tour 2017 of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, celebrating the 30th anniversary of its foundation.


The Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and the Swedish Radio Symphony is also Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony and Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. As one of the most sought-after conductors of our time, he conducts regularly many leading orchestras, such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Teatro alla Scala, at the Salzburg Festival, the Festival Aix-en-Provence, and many others.

A former assistant to Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding worked since its foundation very closely with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra - founded out of former members of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER -  where he was Music Director between 2003 - 2011.




A long-time artistic collaboration unites Daniel Harding with world-renowned German baritone Christian Gerhaher. He returns to the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER for the third time after 2010 (with Herbert Blomstedt) and 2016 (with Philippe Jordan).

As regular guest at all major opera houses and concert halls, Christian Gerhaher is widely regarded as one of the most eminent Lied and concert singers of our time, and many leading orchestras, concert halls and festivals have invited him as artist in residence.

For their first joint project with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, both artists have elaborated two extraordinary concert programmes with works by Schubert, Berg and Bruckner and Schoenberg, Berlioz and Schumann respectively. Christian Gerhaher guest appears with fairly unusual repertoire such as Alban Berg's Altenberg-Lieder and Berlioz' Les nuits d'été, and also the combination of two arias by Franz Schubert with Anton Bruckner's monumental Symphony no. 5 in one and Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces op. 16 (in the version from 1909) with Schumann's Symphony no. 2 in the other programme underline a strong dramaturgical concept, as it is always the case with tour projects of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.

For the fourth time since 2010, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is in residency at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon where it rehearses and performs four concert programmes - the two programmes with Daniel Harding and Christian Gerhaher as above, as well as two further concert programmes under Lorenzo Viotti.

Recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER from 2016/17, Lorenzo Viotti - winner of the International Conducting Competition in Cadaqués and the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015 - is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. He has already conducted many leading orchestras, such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Vienna Symphony, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Lorenzo Viotti leads the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, joined by the Gulbenkian choir, in Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, together with Arthur Honegger's Symphony Nr. 3 ("Liturgique") and Olivier Messiaen's Les Offrandes Oubliées. The other concert programme, Viotti´s debut with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, combines works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with Maurice Ravel's Bolero.


The 30th anniversary Easter Tour 2017 with Daniel Harding and Christian Gerhaher leads the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER – and this distinguishes it from other youth orchestras –only to the most important concert halls and presenters in Europe, many of them being its long-term partners: Madrid – Auditorio Nacional de Música, Paris - Théâtre de Champs-Élysées, Luxemburg - Philharmonie, Barcelona – Palau de la Música Catalana, Zaragoza, Ferrara - Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado, Wien - Musikverein, and Frankfurt - Alte Oper.

Main Sponsors of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER are
Erste Bank
and Vienna Insurance Group:
 
    
 

Further support is granted from Julius Bär and the Förderstiftung of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.
 

     

     

Since 2012, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is Ambassador UNICEF Austria.

   

Photo credits:
(1) Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves

(2) Christian Gerhaher © Thomas Egli
(3) Lorenzo Viotti © Ugo Ponte

Concerts

08 March 2017 9:00 PM Lisboa - Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Lorenzo Viotti
Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Ravel
11 March 2017 7:00 PM Lisboa - Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Lorenzo Viotti
Messiaen, Stravinsky, Honegger
17 March 2017 7:00 PM Lisboa - Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Berg, Schubert, Bruckner
18 March 2017 7:00 PM Lisboa - Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Schoenberg, Berlioz, Schumann
20 March 2017 7:30 PM Madrid - Auditorio Nacional de Música
Ibermúsica
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Schoenberg, Berlioz, Schumann
21 March 2017 7:30 PM Madrid - Auditorio Nacional de Música
Ibermúsica
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Berg, Schubert, Bruckner
23 March 2017 8:00 PM Luxembourg - Philharmonie
Philharmonie Luxembourg
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Berg, Schubert, Bruckner
25 March 2017 8:00 PM Paris - Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Schoenberg, Berlioz, Schumann
26 March 2017 6:00 PM Barcelona - Palau de la Música Catalana
Ibermúsica
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Berlioz, Schumann
27 March 2017 8:00 PM Zaragoza - Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos
Ibermúsica
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Berlioz, Bruckner
29 March 2017 8:30 PM Ferrara - Teatro Comunale
Ferrara Musica
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Berg, Schubert, Bruckner
31 March 2017 7:30 PM Wien - Musikverein
Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Berlioz, Bruckner
02 April 2017 7:00 PM Frankfurt - Alte Oper
Alte Oper Frankfurt
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Schoenberg, Berlioz, Schumann

Triumphant Summer Tour 2016

The Summer Tour 2016 of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER ended with two highly acclaimed concerts in Dresden and Stuttgart. For the first time, PHILIPPE JORDAN - he conducted the GMJO on tour for the fifth time – and baritone CHRISTIAN GERHAHER (he was previously guest-appearing in 2010) worked together. They were joined by BERNHARD HEINRICHS, solo oboe of the Zurich Opera and a world-renowned Bach specialist. Together, they performed two highly demanding programmes which were focused on essential questions of humanity: Bach´s Solo Cantata „Ich habe genug“ BWV 82 was paired with Bruckner´s unfinished Symphony no. 9 and Gustav Mahler´s „Abschied“ from „das Lied von der Erde“ with his Symphony no. 9. The latter programme combination had already been performed by Claudio Abbado during the Easter Tour 2004, which is available on DVD.



The initial concerts in Bolzano/Bozen, the long-term residency partner of the GMJO,  were praised by the press: „Ci sono poche orchestre che possano reggere il confronto con la Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. […] Jordan e la Mahler hanno proposto un saggio di sonorità mahleriana.“ (Amadeus 23.8.2016). „Quanto a peso, profondità, impatto, [la GMJO] è a tutto tondo un´orchestra professionale. […] Gerhaher non canta, semplicemente: trivella ogni parola. Dopo averli sentit da lui […] per un po´ certi brani non si possono più riascoltare. Perché gli altri stanno in superficie.“ (Carla Moreni, Il Sole 24 Ore 28.8.2016)

After Bolzano/Bozen, the GMJO guest-appeared at the most important festivals, as every year, such as the Salzburger Festpiele, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the BBC Proms: […] the best sheer orchestral playing I heard all season, with near ideal balance and weight of sound in Bruckner’s 9th.“ (Martin Kettle, The Guardian 12.9.2016). […] an intensity that would be hard for even the most seasoned orchestra to emulate.“ (Evening Standard 31.8.2016). These were  followed by a concert at the festival Young Euro Classic which marked the triumphant return of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER to Berlin after a long absence: „Ohne Übertreibung […] die beste Aufführung einer Sinfonie [Gustav Mahlers] in Berlin seit längerer Zeit.“ (Clemens Haustein, Berliner Zeitung 30.8.2016). „Die im Unhörbaren »ersterbenden« Pianissimo-Töne am Ende hat man selten ergreifender gehört.“ (Antje Rößler, Neues Deutschland 1.9.2016)




As in 2015, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER opened the concert season in Pordenone as well as in the Dresden Semperoper, where it performed upon invitation of its partner orchestra Staatskapelle Dresden. The concert at the Musikfest Stuttgart marked the final high point of the Summer Tour 2016, where the reviewer also praised the dramaturgical line of the programme: „Es geht im Übrigen bei diesem Musikfest auch nicht um die reine Klassik-Kulinarik, sondern um durchdachte Programme. Wenngleich man ja kaum mehr bieten kann als einen Weltstar wie Gerhaher, der gleichwohl unspektakulär, fahl, fast anti-virtuos, aber halt durchdacht und angemessen Johann Sebastian Bachs Kantate „Ich habe genug“ in der Liederhalle vortrug. […] fantastisch, die so reiche musikalische Kultur der jungen Instrumentalisten zu erleben.“ (Jürgen Kanold, Südwest-Presse 7.9.2016)

At the beginning of the Summer Tour 2016, LEO MCFALL conducted two concerts, finishing his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER which he held since 2013, with NICHOLAS ANGELICH as soloist. The first appearance of the GMJO in Toblach, where Gustav Mahler composed the „Lied von der Erde“ and his Symphony No. 9, and a concert in Bolzano/Bozen, dedicated to the memory of Pierre Boulez (with DORRAN ALIBAUD as soloist in Boulez´ Messagesquisse), incoronated the more than two weeks long rehearsal period of the GMJO in Bolzano/Bozen, its long term residency partner. The Südtiroler Tageszeitung praised the „[…] unvergleichlich präzise und intensiv spielende GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.“
 


The Summer tour 2016 of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER was made possible by the generous support from its main sponsors Erste Bank and Vienna Insurance Group, the sponsoring partner Julius Bär, and the Förderstiftung of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, as well as by the essential support from the Bundeskanzleramt – Kunstsektion of the Republic of Austria and the Magistratsabteilung 7 - Kultur of the City of Vienna.



 


 

 

 





Photo credits:
(1), (3), (4)
© Gregor Khuen Belasi
(2) © Mark Allan / BBC
(5), (6) © Archiv GMJO

LORENZO VIOTTI APPOINTED ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR OF THE GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER

 
 

Starting with the 2016/17 season, LORENZO VIOTTI takes over the position of Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. Winner of three important conducting competitions (Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015, Cadaqués and MDR), LORENZO VIOTTI is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. In this position, he succeeds Leo McFall, winner of the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis 2015, and he stands in a line with eminent predecessors like Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Patrick Lange, and David Afkham.

LORENZO VIOTTI shall conduct his first concerts with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER within the framework of the Easter 2017 residency concerts at the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon.



Lorenzo Viotti: 
 
I am very much looking forward to working with the musicians of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. In the last years, I attended many concerts of the orchestra under the direction of the leading conductors of our time – today, I have arrived to work with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER myself, and this is a wonderful challenge and responsability I am very much looking forward to.
 
Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, Secretary General of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER: 
 
The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is very happy to engage LORENZO VIOTTI, one of he most interesting conductors of his generation, for the important position of Assistant Conductor. As winner of several conducting competitions, most recently the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards 2015, LORENZO VIOTTI is already in high demand from many orchestras and opera houses. It makes me very happy that he has decided to work intensively with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, starting with the 2016/17 season. His first two concerts with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER will take place in Lisbon, during the Easter Tour 2017 residency at the Gubenkian Foundation, and there are many more concerts planned already now. 
 
We are tremendously looking forward to working with LORENZO VIOTTI.
 
Biography Lorenzo Viotti (with kind permission of Hilbert Artists Management):
 
With only 25 years Lorenzo Viotti was already winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards 2015, winner of the 11th international Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and laureate of the MDR Conducting Competition. 
 
Born in Lausanne, Lorenzo Viotti grew up in an Italian-French family of musicians. He studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon and Vienna. He attended orchestral conducting classes under Professor Georg Mark in Vienna where at the same time he performed as percussionist in various major orchestras, among others the Wiener Philharmoniker. He continued his conducting classes under Nicolás Pasquet at the Franz Liszt-conservatory in Weimar.
 
His success at the Cadaqués Conducting Competition led to engagements with important international orchestras: Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Orchestre National de Lille. Furthermore, he conducted the Tokyo Symphony and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
His highly successful performance in LA BELLE HELENE at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in May 2015 was followed by Rossini’s LA CAMBIALE DI MATROMONIO at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and CARMEN in Klagenfurt. 
 
Two highly successful last-minute engagements in 2016 marked also his debut with distinguished orchestras: at the end of January, Lorenzo Viotti conducted three concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra replacing Franz Welser-Möst, and at the end of May he stepped in for Myung-Whun Chung conducting two concerts with the Wiener Symphoniker in Vienna. 
In July, he conducted a concert at the Verbier Festival which was crowned with huge success.
 
At the Salzburg Festival, he was praised for his debut with the RSO Wien in August 2016.
 
Future engagements include, among others, the Göteborgs Symfoniker, Tokyo and Osaka Symphony Orchestras, Staatskapelle Dresden, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Münchener Philharmoniker, and numerous productions at the opera houses of Klagenfurt, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dresden, Zurich, Lyon, Paris, and Tokyo. 

Photo credits: 
(1) Lorenzo Viotti © 
Stephan Doleschal
(2) Lorenzo Viotti & Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli © Archiv GMJO / Bernhard Heinrichs
(3) Lorenzo Viotti & Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli © Archiv GMJO / Bernhard Heinrichs
 

GMJO Summer Tour 2016

PHILIPPE JORDAN conducts the Summer Tour 2016 of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. The Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris and Principal Conductor of the Vienna Symphony guest-appears already for the fifth time with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, after tour projects in 2006, 2007, 2011, and 2013.

German baritone CHRISTIAN GERHAHER, one of the leading singers of our time, will return for the first time after 2010, and this project of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER marks the first collaboration ever of these eminent artists.

J.S. Bach´s Cantata „Ich habe genug“ BWV 82 (with BERNHARD HEINRICHS, solo-oboe) is being combined with Anton Bruckner´s Symphony no. 9 in D minor in the first tour programme. This programme marks the first-ever approach of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER to the works of Bach, and also the second tour programme – with the final movement „Der Abschied“ from Gustav Mahler´s „Das Lied von der Erde“ and his Symphony no. 9 in D major – confronts us with essential questions of humanity.

The two-week rehearsal period of the Summer Tour 2016 leads the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER to its long-serving residency partner, the city of Bolzano / Bozen, following the recent residency project in Abu Dhabi at Easter 2016. After the initial concerts in Bolzano, the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER goes on tour, as every year, appearing at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues, such as the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Dresden Semperopera.
It returns after many years to the festivals Young Euro Classic in Berlin and to the Musikfest Stuttgart, and after the tremendous success of its debut in 2015, it opens the 2016/17 season of the Teatro Comunale in Pordenone.

LEO MCFALL, Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER since 2013, conducts two additional concerts in Dobbiaco / Toblach and Bolzano / Bozen. As for his initial concerts in 2013, he is joined by pianist NICHOLAS ANGELICH, performing Beethoven´s Piano Concerto no. 2 in B Flat major. The two programmes include works by Pierre Boulez (with DORRAN ALIBAUD, cello), Janáček, and Stravinsky and Bruckner´s Symphony no. 9 in D minor respectively.

Photo credits:
(1) Philippe Jordan © Jean Francois Leclerc

(2) Christian Gerhaher © Thomas Egli
(3)  Bernhard Heinrichs © Artan Hürsever
(4) Leo McFall & Nicholas Angelich © Márcia Lessa
(5) Dorran Alibaud

Concerts

14 August 2016 6:00 PM Dobbiaco - Grand Hotel Dobbiaco
Festspiele Südtirol
Leo McFall
Nicholas Angelich, Piano
Beethoven, Bruckner
15 August 2016 8:30 PM Bolzano - Auditorium
Bolzano Festival Bozen
Leo McFall
Nicholas Angelich, Piano
Dorran Alibaud, Cello
Boulez, Janáček, Stravinsky, Beethoven
20 August 2016 8:30 PM Bolzano - Nuovo Teatro Comunale
Bolzano Festival Bozen
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Mahler, Mahler
22 August 2016 8:30 PM Bolzano - Nuovo Teatro Comunale
Bolzano Festival Bozen
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Bernhard Heinrichs, Oboe
Bach, Bruckner
24 August 2016 7:30 PM Salzburg - Felsenreitschule
Salzburg Festival
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Mahler, Mahler
26 August 2016 8:00 PM Amsterdam – Concertgebouw
Robeco Summer Nights
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Mahler, Mahler
28 August 2016 8:00 PM Berlin – Konzerthaus
Young Euro Classic
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Bernhard Heinrichs, Oboe
Bach, Mahler
30 August 2016 7:00 PM London – Royal Albert Hall
BBC Proms
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Bernhard Heinrichs, Oboe
Bach, Bruckner
01 September 2016 8:45 PM Pordenone – Teatro Comunale
Associazione Teatro Pordenone
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Mahler, Mahler
03 September 2016 11:00 AM Dresden – Semperoper
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Bernhard Heinrichs, Oboe
Bach, Bruckner
04 September 2016 7:00 PM Stuttgart – Liederhalle
Musikfest Stuttgart
Philippe Jordan
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Bernhard Heinrichs, Oboe
Bach, Bruckner

This tour will be sponsored by long-term partners of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER:

Erste Group and Vienna Insurance Group
 
   
 

as well as by Julius Bär and the Förderstiftung of the GMJO.
 

  
 

  
 

The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is proud to be Ambassador UNICEF Austria.

 

GMJO Easter Tour 2016

  

DAVID AFKHAM leads the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester on its Easter Tour 2016. The German shooting star has served three years as Assistant Conductor of the GMJO from 2009 until 2012, like his famous colleagues Franz Welser-Möst and Manfred Honeck before him. This is his third tour with the GMJO, and he is joined by one of the great violin virtuosos of our time, FRANK PETER ZIMMERMANN who has already been on tour with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 1996 and 2012.

At the invitation of the governments of France and Abu Dhabi, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester holds its residence for the first time in Abu Dhabi. Next to the tour programme with works by Bartók (Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2), Dutilleux, Ligeti and the Symphonies No. 3 ('Eroica') and No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the GMJO performs a special concert on the occasion of the inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach (the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize-Laureate in 2015 was previously on tour with the GMJO in 2014). World-renowned cellist GAUTIER CAPUÇON – he was a former member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester himself - is the soloist of this concert which includes Debussy La Mer and world premieres of newly commissioned works by Bruno Mantovani and Faisal al Saari.

The extensive Easter Tour 2016 of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, dedicated to the memory of PIERRE BOULEZ, comprises 10 concerts and leads it to Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava as well as Athens, Madrid, and Lisbon. In the majority of cities, both concert programmes with a strong focus on 20th century repertoire will be performed, offering a dramaturgically intriguing combination of the works presented.

 

Photo Credits:
© Márcia Lessa
(1)
© Gregor Khuen Belasi
(2)
©
Gregor Khuen Belasi (3)
© Gregor Khuen Belasi (4)
©
K. Miura / Archive GMJO (5)

Concerts

16 March 2016 8:00 PM Abu Dhabi - Louvre Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Classics
Christoph Eschenbach
Gautier Capuçon, Cello
Al Saari, Mantovani, Debussy
24 March 2016 8:00 PM Al Ain - Al Jahili Fort
Abu Dhabi Classics
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Ligeti, Bartók, Beethoven
26 March 2016 8:00 PM Abu Dhabi - Emirates Palace
Abu Dhabi Classics
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Dutilleux, Bartók, Bartók, Beethoven
29 March 2016 7:30 PM Vienna - Musikverein
Jeunesse - Musikalische Jugend Österreich
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Ligeti, Bartók, Bartók, Beethoven
30 March 2016 7:30 PM Vienna - Musikverein
Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Bartók, Beethoven
31 March 2016 7:30 PM Budapest - Franz Liszt Academy of Music
Liszt Academy Concert Centre
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Dutilleux, Bartók, Bartók, Beethoven
01 April 2016 7:00 PM Bratislava - Filharmonia
Slovenská filharmónia
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Ligeti, Bartók, Beethoven
03 April 2016 8:30 PM Athens - Megaron/Christos Lambrakis Hall
Athens Concert Hall Organization
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Dutilleux, Bartók, Beethoven
04 April 2016 8:30 PM Athen - Megaron/Christos Lambrakis Hall
Athens Concert Hall Organization
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Ligeti, Bartók, Bartók
06 April 2016 7:30 PM Madrid - Auditorio Nacional de Música
Ibermúsica
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Dutilleux, Bartók, Bartók, Beethoven
07 April 2016 10:30 PM Madrid - Auditorio Nacional de Música
Ibermúsica
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Ligeti, Bartók, Beethoven
09 April 2016 9:00 PM Lisboa - Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Dutilleux, Bartók, Bartók, Beethoven

This tour will be sponsored by long-term partners of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER:

Erste Group and Vienna Insurance Group
 


 


 

as well as by Julius Bär and the Förderstiftung of the GMJO.
 


 


 

The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is proud to be Ambassador UNICEF Austria.

PIERRE BOULEZ 1925-2016

 

 

It is with profound sadness that the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has to announce the passing away of Pierre Boulez, aged 90 years, in Baden-Baden.

Pierre Boulez was one of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st century: composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, thinker, humanist.

He conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester on several tours and for special projects in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2003, and he made a number of recordings with our orchestra. Recently, his recordings with works by Schoenberg, Wagner, Stravinsky, Bartok and his own Notations I-IV were issued by Deutsche Grammophon.










He challenged and enrichened the public and the musicians of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester with his programmes and concepts which provided profound insights into the repertoire of the 20th century. The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, like some of the leading orchestra of the world, is honoured to have studied and performed repertoire from Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, the Second Viennese School, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky to Edgard Varese, Toru Takemitsu and some of Pierre Boulez´ own works, at the most important festivals and concert halls in Europe and Japan.

He continued to visit our concerts until recently and remained always deeply interested in the GMJO.

We shall always honour the legacy of Pierre Boulez, and we mourn a great artist and close friend and supporter of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.



Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, Secretary General of the GMJO:

It is a great privilege to have worked with Pierre Boulez on several tours and projects. Apart from the encounter with a great artist, I have enjoyed numerous discussions with him on music history, programming, questions of performance, respect, and – last but definitely not least – humour.
Pierre Boulez was truly one of the most impressive artistic and human encounters for me in all my years with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and I am grateful and happy to have realised all GMJO projects with him. I have learned so much from our encounters and will always keep a loving and respectful memory of Pierre Boulez.

May he rest in peace.




Photo Credits:
© K. Miura /
Archive GMJO (1)
© Priska Ketterer /
Lucerne Festival (2)
©
Priska Ketterer / Lucerne Festival (3)
© K. Miura / Archive GMJO (4)
©
Priska Ketterer / Lucerne Festival (5)

GMJO Summer Tour 2015 in retrospect

After nine concerts in eight countries, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has finished its Summer Tour 2015 under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt, including successful debuts at the Ravello Festival and the sold-out Teatro Verdi in Pordenone.

Herbert Blomstedt has conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester already for the fourth time on tour and was celebrated by the public and the press as the “doyen of his craft” („Doyen seiner Zunft“, DrehPunktKultur, 27.08.2015) for his interpretation of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39.

Critics have marvelled at „the supreme serenity with which he led the excellent musicians of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester“, (“mit welch souveräner Gelassenheit er die exzellenten Musiker des Gustav Mahler Jugendorchesters … führte“), and his approach was summed up after the concert at the Salzburg Festival: “Conducting psychology at its best.” („Dirigierpsychologie vom Feinsten.“, Die Presse, 29.08.2015). After the concert at the Eberbach Abbey during the Rheingau Festival, critics pointed out “Blomstedt’s clear and modest conducting style” and called him “one of the greatest Bruckner exegetes of our time” („einer der ganz großen Bruckner-Exegeten unserer Zeit“, Frankfurter Neue Presse, 31.08.2015).

The 63rd tour of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER has led the 110 musicians as every year to the most prominent festivals and concert halls in Europe, amongst others to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, where the papers wrote about the “dazzling quality of the Mahler Orchestra” („spetterende kwaliteit … bij de mahlerianen“, Trouw, 31.08.2015), to the Salzburg Festival, where the “excellent musicians of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester” (“die exzellenten Musiker des Gustav-Mahler-Jugendorchesters“, Die Presse, 29.08.2015) were highly applauded, and to the Lucerne Festival, where “the alert and committed  Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester” („das hellwach engagierte Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester“ (Luzerner Zeitung, 25.08.2015) impressed with its “crisp incisive playing” (Seen and Heard International, 25.08.2015).

 

At the invitation of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, with whom the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has established a close partnership in 2012, “the orchestra of the best young musicians” played the opening concert at the Frauenkirche “very impressively and captivatingly … like a grand coherent organism “ („sehr eindrucksvoll und mitreißend … wie ein großer, gemeinsamer Organismus“, Der Neue Merker, 26.08.2015).

Under the guidance of assistant conductor LEO MCFALL, the rehearsal period was once again hosted by the Bolzano Festival Bozen, where the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester performed two celebrated concerts that elicited an enthusiastic response from the press, writing about “the most beautiful concert of the year” („Il concerto più bello dell’anno“, l’Adige, 01.09.2015) and “the best orchestra of the world” („La migliore orchestra del mondo“, la Repubblica, 25.08.2015).

The tours of 2016 will bring the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under the baton of David Afkham, Christoph Eschenbach, Philippe Jordan and Leo McFall as well as with the soloists Gautier Capuçon, Christian Gerhaher and Frank Peter Zimmermann amongst others to Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Bolzano, Bratislava, Budapest, Dresden, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Salzburg, Stuttgart and Vienna.  

Bildnachweis:
© Lucerne Festival / Peter Fischl (1)
© RMF / Ansgar Klostermann (2)
© Salzburger Festspiele / Marco Borrelli (3)

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