- Joshua Weilerstein,
- Lucas Debargue
Pianist Lucas Debargue, discovered at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition, is touring with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and its chief conductor Joshua Weilerstein. Mozart's dramatic C minor piano concerto is thrown into contrast by Mendelssohn's sunny "Italian" Symphony or Schumann's Second Symphony in the second half of the programme. Joshua Weilerstein begins the concert with two short introductory works by contemporary composers. The American Caroline Shaw lives in New York and has composed for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. British composer Anna Clyne has also lived and worked in the USA for several years and was appointed composer in residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Riccardo Muti.
Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 24 c-Moll KV 491
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphonie Nr. 4 A-Dur op. 90 ("Italienische")
Robert Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 61
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (OCL), founded in 1942 by violinist Victor Desarzens, has continued to spread its wings to become one of today’s most sought-after chamber orchestras in Europe. The OCL’s latest tour de force was the appointment in 2015 of US...
The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (OCL), founded in 1942 by violinist Victor Desarzens, has continued to spread its wings to become one of today’s most sought-after chamber orchestras in Europe. The OCL’s latest tour de force was the appointment in 2015 of US citizen Joshua Weilerstein, one of the most promising young directors of the new generation, as its artistic director. The OCL is a classical orchestra (an orchestra with about forty instrumentalists) influenced by the Mannheim school, covering a vast repertoire ranging from early Baroque to contemporary music.
From its beginnings, the OCL was invited abroad, participating at the the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence from the second edition on. The concert tours first in Germany and then in the United States were a resounding success, as were its more recent performances at the Theatre of Champs Elysées in Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna and the BBC Proms in London. Among the OCL’s recent guest appearances, it is worth mentioning the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Rostropovich Festival in Moscow and the Istanbul Festival. In 2016-2017, the OCL will play in Rome, Budapest and Vienna.
The OCL’s concerts showcase the work of great soloists of the past and of rising stars, including pianists from Clara Haskil, Alfred Cortot, Walter Gieseking and Edwin Fischer to Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, Martha Argerich and Nikolai Lugansky; violinists from Arthur Grumiaux to Frank Peter Zimmermann; cellists from Paul Tortelier to Truls Mørk; and flutists from Jean-Pierre Rampal to Emmanuel Pahud. The biggest names have contributed to its renown, and continue to do so, which is testimony of the trust they place in the OCL.
The OCL has a history of attracting the most compelling conductors of the time, and has benefited from a wide variety of influences under the baton of the likes of Günter Wand to Charles Dutoit; Paul Hindemith to Ton Koopman; or Jeffrey Tate to Bertrand de Billy (the current principal Guest Conductor). The OCL has an impressive discography perfectly in phase with the OCL’s historical identity. The OCL’s recordings constantly mirror its spirit of openness, starting with a recording of all of Haydn’s operas conducted by Antal Dorati from 1970 to 1980 to the Beethoven concertos played by Christian Zacharias (released on DVD by Bel Air Media in 2013), including new recordings by Alpha of the piano pieces by Schönberg and Webern (with Heinz Holliger) and of Spohr (with Paul Meyer). The first recording conducted by Joshua Weilerstein is dedicated to Stravinsky (released by MDG).
The OCL is housed in the Salle Métropole, which is ideally located in the heart of Lausanne. The OCL is also a regular guest at the opera pit of the Opéra de Lausanne and is the preferred partner of many institutions in the region, including the University of Music of Lausanne, the Manufacture (Haute cole des arts de la scène), the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny, the Avenches Opera Festival and the Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Vevey. Moreover, the OCL is a long-standing partner of the Swiss radio and television company Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), and has provided concerts and musical arrangements for the company’s programmes since the beginning of the partnership. In return, the OCL benefits from RTS’ vast national and European broadcasting network. Under this partnership, RTS’ cultural radio station Espace 2 records the OCL’s concerts and makes them available to the public on demand on its website: www.espace2.ch.
The high ranking of the OCL is of course the result of the concerts it has produced featuring prestigious guest soloists and conductors, but it is due primarily to the strong identity forged over the years by a small number of artistic directors. The first artistic director was Victor Desarzens (1942-1973) who founded the OCL, and left his mark on the history of the orchestra with his tireless commitment to promoting the work of Swiss composers (in particular the work of Frank Martin). He was followed by Armin Jordan (1973-1985) who brought the OCL to the world stage with his recordings (distributed by Philips and Erato). The following artistic directors include Lawrence Foster (1985-1990), Jesús López Cobos (1990-2000), and Christian Zacharias (2000-2013), the latter of whom recorded an exceptional complete set of Mozart piano concertos released by MDG. Artistic director since 2015 Joshua Weilerstein has declared his intention to pursue the work of his predecessors while producing bold programmes and making more efficient use of new media to bring the OCL into the 21st century.
Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship has led him to conduct extensively in both Europe and in America. His enthusiasm for a wide...
Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship has led him to conduct extensively in both Europe and in America. His enthusiasm for a wide range of repertoire is combined with an ambition to bring new audiences into the concert hall.
Joshua Weilerstein is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and in 2016/17 will make his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in family concerts and in the same week, will assist Mariss Jansons. He will also make his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Hannover and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2016 Weilerstein made his operatic debut conducting Don Giovanni at the Verbier Festival, and stepped in a short notice to conduct the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and soloists Joshua Bell and George Li.
His success at the 2009 Malko Competition, where he was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Prize, has led to Weilerstein establishing strong relationships with the Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Elsewhere in Europe, he has also conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Stuttgart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
Joshua Weilerstein believes passionately in programming both traditional and contemporary repertoire. He is committed to presenting, whenever possible, a piece by a living composer in each of his programmes. He also cherishes the value of music education wherever the opportunity arises, He was heavily involved in Young People’s Concerts during his time as the Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic, and served as Concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools in Boston. With the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Weilerstein actively supports the educational and Discovery concerts for children and families.
Joshua Weilerstein feels that it is essential to have an open communication between the stage and audience and is always excited to hear from musicians and audiences alike. He is accessible on social media for conversation about the future of classical music, programming, and the experience of concert-going.
Lucas Debargue, Piano
Though placed “only” fourth at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in July 2015 Lucas Debargue was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize. Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas...
Though placed “only” fourth at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in July 2015 Lucas Debargue was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize. Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue is invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls in Russia, France, Italy, the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea and with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowsky, Andrey Boreyko, Tougan Sokhiev, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov and Vladimir Fedoseev.
Lucas Debargue has already released two CDs, the first with works of Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt et Ravel and the second with works of Bach, Beethoven et Medtner; the third CD with works of Schubert and Szymanowski will be release in October 2017, all with the label of SONY CLASSICAL.
Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue was 11 years old when he took his first piano lessons at the Compiègne Conservatory, in the class of Christine Muenier. He got quickly fascinated by the virtuoso repertoire, yet it wasn’t until 10 years later, after he had graduated from Paris Diderot University with a Bachelor’s Art Degree, that he decided to return to studying piano at the professional level.
After a year of studies at the Beauvais Conservatory in the class of Philippe Tamborini, he was put in touch in 2011 with his current mentor, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya. This encounter became decisive for Lucas: she quickly recognized in him a piano interpreter with a great future and accepted him in her class at the ÉcoleNormale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortotto prepare him for the major international competitions. During his studies he was supported by the ÉcoleNormale, the Zaleski Foundation as well as by the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Massy and the orchestral ensemble « Les voyages extraordinaires ». In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the 9th Gaillard International Piano Competition (France) before becoming one of the prize winners at the 15th Tchaikovsky Competition when the world instantly discovered a startling and original new talent.
In parallel with the studies at the ÉcoleNormale he entered the Paris National Superior Music Conservatory which he left in June 2015 with a Licence Degree. But he never interrupted his his studies at the ÉcoleNormale: in April 2016 he obtained there a “Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste” with a Special Cortot Prize and at present he continues to do his post-graduate work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the same school.
A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Lucas Debargue draws inspiration for his playing from literature, painting, cinema, jazz and develops very personal interpretation of a carefully selected repertoire. Though the core piano repertoire is central to his career, Lucas Debargue is also keen to present works by lesser-known composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Samuel Maykapar or Nikolai Roslavets. He also composes his own music, and some of his works have already been premiered in Russia as well as in France.