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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 © Jim Rakete
(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
10 April 2016 7:00 PM Lisboa - Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian
David Afkham
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Ligeti, 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)

Prof. Alfred Altenburger 1927-2015

It is with great sadness that the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has to announce the passing away of its board member Prof. Alfred Altenburger, aged 88 years, in Vienna.

A long-time board member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Prof. Alfred Altenburger was Head of Strings of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester until 2008, he was responsible for the auditions of all string players and was coaching the first violins between 1995-2008, and he was also coaching all GMJO strings in many chamber music projects at our residencies, including the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Lucerne Festival at Easter, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Cité de la Musique Paris, the Festival d´Art Lyrique d´Aix-en-Provence, the Bolzano Festival Bozen, the Vienna Musikverein, and others.

During his tenure, concertmasters of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester include such eminent musicians as Antonello Manacorda, Renaud Capuçon, Vahid Khadem-Missagh, Andreas Neufeld, Raphael Christ, Franz-Markus Siegert, and Carolina Kurkowski-Perez.

He worked closely with our Founder and Music Director Claudio Abbado and with all guest conductors of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, including Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Iván Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Mariss Jansons, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, and Franz Welser-Möst.

Appointed by Claudio Abbado, with whom he enjoyed a life-long friendship, he was the founding Artistic Director of the Gustav Mahler Academy - Fondazione Musica e Gioventù, in Bolzano.

A member of the Vienna Philharmonic for many years, he was speaker ("Vorstand") of this orchestra between 1978 and 1987, and he founded, together with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, his later wife Alice Hoffelner and Eduard Melkus, the "Wiener Gamben Quartett" in 1949.

Generations of violin and string players of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester were selected, coached and most warmly guided by Prof. Alfred Altenburger, and he was truly revered by all of them, as by all his colleagues, all conductors and soloists, all board members, management, and staff.

We shall always remember Prof. Alfred Altenburger with deepest respect, gratitude, and love, and we join his family in mourning this extraordinary personality. His legacy will live on in many future generations of GMJO musicians. May he rest in peace.

Photo credit: Archive GMJO

GMJO Summer Tour 2015

Herbert Blomstedt resumes his successful collaboration with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER on the Summer Tour 2015, conducting the orchestra for the fourth time already since 2008. He has most recently conducted the GMJO in 2013 and continues his series of Bruckner symphonies with one of the cycle’s most complex works, Symphony No. 8 in C minor. The second programme of the tour combines Mozart’s late Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major K. 543 with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor op. 95.

After the opening concert at the Bolzano Festival Bozen, where the GMJO is in residence, the orchestra will guest appear at the Ravello Festival for the first time. Performances at the Lucerne Festival and the Frauenkirche in Dresden, where the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER has established a close partnership with the Sächsische Staatskapelle in 2012, are followed by concerts at the Salzburg Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Rheingau Festival. A second concert in Bolzano and the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER’S debut in Pordenone conclude the Summer Tour 2015.

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Photo: Matthias Creutziger

Rihm in Salzburg - HD Video Documentary

 
 
In 2014, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester commissioned a new Piano Concerto by Wolfgang Rihm, together with the Salzburg Festival and the National Symphony Orchestra – Washington DC. The world premiere took place at the Salzburg Festival on 25 August 2014, with Tzimon Barto, piano and Christoph Eschenbach, conductor – to whom the new piece was also dedicated.

 With generous support from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, and in close collaboration with the Salzburg Festival and Universal Edition, this ambitious project was filmed by Myriam Hoyer, from the first rehearsals in Bolzano / Bozen to the world premiere concert in Salzburg; Wolfgang Rihm and Christoph Eschenbach talk about this fascinating new piece, and you can join the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in discovering, rehearsing and performing Wolfgang Rihm´s Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Leo McFall is winner of the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis 2015

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Leo McFall, Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER and currently First Kapellmeister at the Theater Meiningen, is the winner of the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis 2015.

Initiated by the DIRIGENTENFORUM of the Deutscher Musikrat in 2006, the award grants Euro 15.000. Leo McFall conducted the Konzerthausorchester Berlin (Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on themes by Carl Maria von Weber) at the Konzerthaus Berlin on 24 April 2015 and convinced a prominent jury headed by Prof Dr Peter Gülke.

Previous winners include Mikhel Kütson (GMD of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker at the Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach), Simon Gaudenz (Principal Conductor of the Hamburg Camerata), Francesco Angelico (Principal Conductor of the Tiroler Landestheater and the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck), and Kristiina Poska (Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin).

The Deutsche Dirigentenpreis is part of the excellency programme for young conductors of the DIRIGENTENFORUM of the Deutscher Musikrat (www.dirigentenforum.de) in which several Assistant Conductors of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER took part: Patrick Lange (Assistant Conductor 2005-2009), David Afkham (Assistant Conductor 2009-2012), and Leo McFall (Assistant Conductor since 2013). Leo McFall was finalist of the „Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award“ 2014, and since 2009 he took part in the DIRIGENTENFORUM programme.

Most recently, Leo McFall conducted two concerts of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER during the Easter Tour 2015 in Lisbon.

GMJO Easter Tour 2015

British conductor Jonathan Nott will lead the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester on its extraordinary Easter Tour 2015. For the second time with the GMJO, after a successful Summer Tour in 2009, Jonathan Nott will conduct Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2, an absolute first in the history of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester as it is the only Mahler symphony that the orchestra has never yet performed.

For this, both Jonathan Nott and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester will welcome soprano Chen Reiss and alto Christa Mayer, as well as various local choirs of international standing. The Easter Tour 2015 will take the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester to the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Festival de Pâcques in Aix-en-Provence, to Ljubljana’s Cankarjev Dom, to Vienna’s Musikverein, to Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, to Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, and to Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana.

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