Matthias Pintscher and Wolfgang Rihm 2015

Artistic Director Wolfgang Rihm, who was born in 1952 in Karlsruhe, ranks among the most sought-after contemporary composers of our time. His work catalogue encompasses more than 400 compositions in all genres. Through a series of large orchestral works in the late 1970s, Rihm became a prominent topic of discussion in the debate over the musical avant-garde. For many years he has enjoyed a special relationship with LUCERNE FESTIVAL, and he highly values the city and its cultural life. In 1997 his works were highlighted as the Festival’s contemporary focus when he served as composer-in-residence. On 19 August 1998, on the occasion of the opening of the KKL Luzern, his work IN-SCHRIFT was presented by the Berlin Philharmonic in a concert alongside Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Many other commissions have followed, such as a Violin Concerto for Carolin Widmann in 2008. In the 2011-12 season Rihm’s cycle Nähe fern, a joint commission with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, was juxtaposed with the symphonies of Brahms. For this year’s “A Day for Pierre Boulez” held on 23 August, Rihm’s orchestral piece Gruss-Moment – für Pierre Boulez zum 90 Geburtstag (Greeting Moment – for Pierre Boulez on His 90th Birthday) received its world premiere.