This concert will be broadcast live here on 1 December at 19:00.
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“Dynamic and sharp on the podium” (Bachtrack) and with a “scrupulous ear for instrumental color and blend” (Washington Post), Hannu Lintu maintains his reputation as one of the world’s finest conductors. This season, Lintu takes up the baton as Music Director of Orquestra Gulbenkian whilst continuing his tenure as Chief Conductor of Finnish National Opera and Ballet, proving himself a master of both symphonic and operatic repertoire. The appointments follow a stream of successful concerts with Orquestra Gulbenkian and breathtaking productions with Finnish National Opera and Ballet including Strauss’s Salome, Puccini’s Turandot and Britten’s Billy Budd. This season will see the completion of the house’s Ring Cycle with Wagner’s Götterdämmerung as well as productions of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Highlights of the 2023/24 season include debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker, NHK Symphony Orchestra and SWR Symphonieorchester, and returns to Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and George Enescu International Festival.
Recent years have seen Lintu conduct New York Philharmonic (concluding with an immediate re-invitation from the orchestra to perform at Bravo! Vail Festival), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, alongside the likes of Gil Shaham, Kirill Gerstein, Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan.
Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS Records, Naxos, Avie Records and Hyperion Records. His diverse discography comprises recordings of Magnus Lindberg’s orchestral works, the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with Stephen Hough, and Lutoslawski’s Symphonies Nos. 1-4, all with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His often-gilded work boasts two International Classical Music Awards and several nominations for Gramophone and GRAMMY awards in recognition of recording projects such as Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff, works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter, Rautavaara’s Kaivos, and the Violin Concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lintu studied cello and piano at the Sibelius Academy, where he also later studied conducting with Jorma Panula. He participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.
Antoine Françoise (Switzerland *1987) studied music in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and in the Royal College of Music in London (UK) with Paul Coker, Yonty Solomon, Ashley Wass and Andrew Ball and is eternally grateful to Swiss saxophonist Laurent Estoppey for his guidance as a musician.
Antoine is fascinated by the medium of chamber music and is active mainly in the field of the living arts, contemporary and experimental music. He was a founding member of the Mercury Quartet and the Françoise-Green piano duo and now enjoys a worldwide career within the quartet Nikel and with the piano duo Antoine, Françoise, Gilles & Grimaître. He is also pianist of ensemble Contrechamps and Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain-NEC. He was the artistic director of NEC between 2016 and 2023 as well as a programming member of festival Les Amplitudes.
Antoine has worked with most of the leading new music composers and enjoys collaborations with artists of all kind and all genres of music, dance and theatre. While in London, he performed with all major orchestras and was the principal pianist of London Contemporary orchestra (including a long collaboration with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood on his film and stage music). He collaborated with Swiss choreographer Maud Blandel and signed the music (composition, arrangement and performance) of Diverti Menti, her latest choreographic show. Antoine also wrote and performed the music of SO/MA, new theatre play by french stage director Floriane Commeleran. Other collaborators include Louis Jucker, Sara Ostertag and Marco Berrettini.
Antoine is a piano and chamber music teacher at the High School of the Arts in Bern.
Gilles Grimaitre is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, performer and curator active in the field of contemporary creation, based in Switzerland.
He performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician and with ensemble/orchestras such as Ensemble Contemporain, Ensemble Modern, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain (NEC), Basel Sinfonietta,
Camerata Bern, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Ensemble Proton. He is a member of Collegium Novum Zürich, THRIPS, Duo Orion, Antoine Françoise & Gilles Grimaitre piano duo.
He also founded HYPER DUO with the percussionist/drummer Julien Mégroz. The duo explores as much stylistic contrasts, the search for new forms of performance as intimate collaborations with artists from extramusical backgrounds. In 2021, their first album "Indigne de nous" was released on Everest Records.
He also plays and composes for analog synthesizers, samplers, among other odd noise devices. This creative exploration extends to his work with HYPER DUO and the experimental rock band HYPER LA CHAISE.
He studied piano with Pierre Sublet, organ with Pascale Van Coppenolle and composition with Xavier Dayer at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. He was scholarship holder at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt/Main for the academic year 2013-2014. He won the first prize at the Nicati Competition 2013 in Bern for the interpretation of contemporary music.
In 2022 he was awarded a Pro Helvetia residency in South India to study Konnakkol (Carnatic music) with Vidwan B R Somashekar Jois and 'Ghatam' Dr S. Karthick.
Since 2023 he is Associate Lecturer in the University of Applied Arts in Lucerne.
Halim, concerto for two pianos and orchestra *
— Intermission 20 min —
Symphony No. 5, in D minor, op. 47
* Absolute premiere of the new version – Commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
In his second appearance as Music Director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Hannu Lintu conducts one of the most ambitious creations of the composer Adam Maor, whose work often reflects on the geopolitical situation in the Middle East and incorporates elements of Arab classical music. The work Halim, concerto for two pianos and orchestra, will be performed by pianists Antoine Françoise and Gilles Grimaître, specialists in contemporary repertoire. In the second part, Lintu will conduct Chostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, premiered in 1937 and triumphantly received at a time when the composer feared for his artistic future.
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