The new and the newest at the traditional Berlin Festival of New Music
Francesca Verunelli “The narrow corner” for orchestra
„abgesang“ for soprano and orchestra
Concerto for Voice (moods IIIc) für Stimme und Orchester
Gordon Kampe “Masque” for ensemble and orchestra
(premiere of a composition commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and the RSB)
Brad Lubman - Conductor
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje - Stimme
Anna Sohn - Soprano
LUX:NM - Ensemble
Brad Lubman - Conductor
Brad Lubman, American conductor and composer, has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique and insightful interpretations over the course of more than two decades. He is much in demand with major orchestras in Europe and the US and has been successful in building regular partnerships with several well-known orchestras and ensembles, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Alongside his busy schedule in Germany, he is also frequently asked to conduct some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including the Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and Steve Reich and Musicians.
After conducting major international orchestras such as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Radio France Radio Orchestra last season, for the 2019/20 season Brad Lubman will be appearing at the Musikfest Berlin and the Enescu Festival. Further invitations include, among others, appearances with the BBC Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Filarmonia della Scala and the BR Symphony Orchestra.
Brad Lubman is founding Co-Artistic and Music Director of the NY-based Ensemble Signal. Their recording of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians on harmonia mundi was awarded a Diapason d’or in June 2015 and appeared on the Billboard Classical Crossover charts. In Spring 2019, he led the ensemble in the premiere of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter as part of the Reich Richter Pärt project at the opening of New York art space The Shed.
He is also Associate Professor of Conducting and Ensembles at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, as well as on the faculty at the Bang-on-a-Can Summer Institute.
Brad Lubman has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, AEON, BMG/RCA, Kairos, Mode, NEOS, and Cantaloupe. In 2017, he was Composer in Residence at the Grafenegg Festival; his compositions have been performed by acclaimed orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler Orchester Austria. This season features the premiere of a new piece written for Rudolf Buchbinder.
LUX:NM - Ensemble
LUX:NM contemporary music ensemble berlin is an ensemble specializing in contemporary music that has made a name for itself through its authentic and energetic interpretations. The idea to form an ensemble made up of several soloists originated with Ruth Velten and Silke Lange in 2010, with the intention of realizing self-created and versatile chamber music programs with a flexible group of instruments.
As an ensemble without a conductor, LUX:NM devotes itself to performing contemporary music and, at the same time, considers itself to be an initiator of contemporary music. By intensely working together as an ensemble, new extraordinary projects are made possible where electronics and visual concepts naturally find their place in the development of programs. In addition to performing already existing compositions, the ensemble’s musicians make a strong effort to initiate new works and include them in their repertoire.
As in-demand chamber musicians, who have also received awards at international competitions, the ensemble’s instrumentalists can regularly be found performing on major concert stages and as guests in contemporary music festivals, including Warsaw Autumn, World New Music Festival, MaerzMusik, Infektion! Festival for New Musical Theater, Festival de Música contemporánea Chile, Eight Bridges: Music for Cologne, Ultraschall Festival, GroundSwell, and Hear this now! Canada.
In compiling diverse programs, the ensemble places an emphasis on illuminating different thematic aspects of contemporary music, which include Fluxus reloaded (F)LUX:NM (in 2015 in cooperation with the Berlin State Opera), HOME SWEET HOME – a staged concert project (in 2015, IM FOKUS/LUX:NM Production), Aaron S. (in 2016, a multimedia opera by Sławomir Wojciechowski), Diary, Random and Pickles (in 2016, a music performance by Pierre Jodlowski), and Dark Lux (in 2018, an audio piece with music by Gordon Kampe).
In 2017, the album LUXUS was awarded the German Record Critic’s Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and was placed on their List of the Best.
Sun 19 January 2020 - 5 pm Akademie der Künste, Halle 2