Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Lucas&Arthur Jussen © Marco BorggreveOn Tour 31.01.18-11.02.18

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Lucas and Arthur Jussen have long been stars in their homeland, the Netherlands. The piano duo has recorded such works as Mozart’s concertos for two pianos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner for Deutsche Grammophon. They will appear on tour with the Academy in February 2018.

Programme

Programme 1

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 3 G-Dur BWV 1048
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasie über ein Thema von Thomas Tallis (1910/19) für Orchester
Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für 2 Klaviere (Cembali), Streicher und Basso continuo c-Moll BWV 1060
Interval
Benjamin Britten: Variationen über ein Thema von Frank Bridge op. 10 für Streichorchester
Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für 2 Klaviere (Cembali), Streicher und Basso continuo C-Dur BWV 1061


Programme 2

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 3 G-Dur BWV 1048
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasie über ein Thema von Thomas Tallis (1910/19) für Orchester
Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für 2 Klaviere (Cembali), Streicher und Basso continuo C-Dur BWV 1061
Interval
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Konzert für 2 Klaviere und Orchester Es-Dur KV 365
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonie Nr. 36 C-Dur KV 425 "Linzer Symphonie"

Programme 3

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 3 G-Dur BWV 1048
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasie über ein Thema von Thomas Tallis (1910/19) für Orchester
Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für 2 Klaviere (Cembali), Streicher und Basso continuo C-Dur BWV 1061
Interval
Benjamin Britten: Variationen über ein Thema von Frank Bridge op. 10 für Streichorchester
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Konzert für 2 Klaviere und Orchester Es-Dur KV 365

Orchestra

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest classical music.     Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London...

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest classical music.

 


 

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through unrivalled live performances and a vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Amadeus– the Academy quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. With over 500 releases in a much-vaunted discography and a comprehensive international touring programme, the name and sound of the Academy is known and loved by classical audiences throughout the world.

 

Today the Academy is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Under Bell's direction, and with the support of Director / Leader Tomo Keller and Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, the Academy continues to push the boundaries of play-directed performance to new heights, presenting symphonic repertoire and chamber music on a grand scale at prestigious venues from New York to Beijing. 

 

Alongside 80 performances in 16 different countries during the 2017/18 season, the Academy continues to reach out to people of all ages and backgrounds through its learning and participation programmes. The Academy’s flagship project for young people provides performance workshops for primary and secondary school children; partnerships with Southbank Sinfonia, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music and masterclasses on tour further the development of the professional musicians of tomorrow; the Academy provides a creative outlet for some of London’s most vulnerable adults at a centre for homeless people; and a regular programme of pre-concert talks and podcasts create opportunities for Academy audiences the world over to connect and learn with the orchestra. 

 

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Lucas & Arthur Jussen, Piano

‘It is like driving a pair of BMWs’, remarked conductor Michael Schønwandt, after directing the Dutch brothers Lucas (24) and Arthur Jussen (21). Despite their young age, they have been part of the international concert world for years and are praised by both...

‘It is like driving a pair of BMWs’, remarked conductor Michael Schønwandt, after directing the Dutch brothers Lucas (24) and Arthur Jussen (21). Despite their young age, they have been part of the international concert world for years and are praised by both press and audiences.

Lucas and Arthur received their first piano lessons in their native town of Hilversum. It became clear quickly that they were great talents. As children, they were already invited to perform for the Dutch queen Beatrix. First awards at competitions followed shortly. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. In the following years they took lessons from both Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers. Lucas completed his studies with Menahem Pressler in the US and Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid. Arthur graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studied with Jan Wijn.


 

Lucas and Arthur have performed with nearly all Dutch orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. They also perform with acclaimed international orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Iceland, Dallas, Shanghai, Sydney Symphony orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and Camerata Salzburg. Conductors they have worked with include Valery Gergiev, Jaap van Zweden, Sir Neville Marriner, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Markus Stenz, Claus Peter Flor, Eliahu Inbal, Jan Willem de Vriend, Stéphane Denève, James Gaffigan and Frans Brüggen. They have also collaborated with several renowned musicians such as the Chinese star pianist Lang Lang.

In recital they performed in both the Master Pianists and Robeco series of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. They have played in concert halls and festivals across Europe, such as the Herkulessaal (Munich), Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival de Piano de La Roque d'Anthéron, Holland Festival and Malmö Chamber Music Festival, as well as the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. International tours brought them further afield to Japan (2012), China (2013) and South Korea (2014). Lucas and Arthur accompanied Dutch king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima on their first official visit to Poland in 2014, and also to Australia in 2016.

Recording exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon since 2010, their debut CD with works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the Edison Klassiek audience award. A Schubert recording and their third CD Jeux, dedicated to French piano music, were subsequently released. In October 2015, their fourth CD was released on which they perform Mozart’s piano concertos KV365 and KV242 together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner. The album reached gold status and was listed by Gramophone UK among ‘The 50 Greatest Mozart Recordings’. A new recording with works by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns was released in March 2017 (Concertgebouw Orchestra & Stéphane Denève). The recording of the Poulenc Double Concerto was chosen best recording of this piece ever made by the French radio programme "La tribune des critiques de disques". 

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