Sunday 10. Feb. 2019, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal
Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel: Piano concerto in G Major
Franz Liszt: Orpheus - Symphonic Poem No. 4
Josef Suk: A Fairy Tale, Op. 16
French pianist Lucas Debargue was revealed by his performances at the XV International Tchaikovsky competition held in Moscow in June 2015. Though placed fourth at the final round, he was the only candidate across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic's Prize as a pianist “whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”.
Straight after this incredible breakthrough, Lucas is invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls : the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Concert Hall and the Philharmony; Paris’ Theatre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Philharmony; Milan's Conservatory ; London's Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall ; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; Munich's Prinzregentstheater and Berlin Philharmony; Stockholm’s Konzerthuset; New York's Carnegie Hall; in concert halls of Tokyo, Osaka Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Mexico, , Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul...
He collaborates with such famous conductors as Varely Gergiev, Andrey Boreyko, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yutaka Sado, Tugan Sokhiev... He also regularly appears in chamber formations with Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen, Martin Frost.
Lucas Debargue was born in 1990 and his path to performing art was all but conventional: he began studying piano when he was 11, but soon switched to literature and graduated from Paris Diderot 7 University with a Bachelor's Art degree. Nevertheless he had taken the time to explore most of the piano repertoire on his own during his teens.
The professional piano training he began only since he was 20. It's the meeting in 2011 with the celebrated piano teacher Rena Shereshevskaya and the opportunity to join her class at the Paris Cortot Music School (Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot) that determined the musical commitment of his life. 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. In April 2016 he obtained his “Diplome Superieur de Concertiste” and a Special Cortot Prize at the Cortot Music School and currently continues to work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the postgraduate level of 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, Nikolai Roslavets or Milosz Magin. He also composes and performs his own music: a concertino “Orpheo di camera” for piano, drums and string orchestra was created in Cesis (Latvia) in June 2017 with Kremerata Baltica and a piano Trio was created in Paris' Louis Vuitton Foundation in September 2017.
Represented by Sony Classical, Lucas has already released 3 solo piano recordings: Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel (2016); Bach, Beethoven, Medtner (2016) and Schubert, Szymanowsky (2017). In 2017 he was awarded a prestigious German prize “ECHO Klassik”.
A documentary directed by Martin Mirabel, following the pianist right after his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition, is also released in the fall 2017 by the “Bel-Air Productions”.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Georg Philipp Telemann, Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Sergey Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Eugen Jochum, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy at St. Michaelis, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 134 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2017/18.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. In 2012 Simone Young received a Helpmann Award for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Wagner’s Rheingold with the Philharmonic in Brisbane, Australia. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to the Hansa City’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. To this day, the TV format Musikkontakte initiated by Gerd Albrecht during his tenure as General Music Director is unforgotten. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg