Tuesday 14 October 2014

Arabella Steinbacher appointed "Principal Guest Artist" of the Festival Strings Lucerne

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Lucerne, October 9, 2014

Arabella Steinbacher appointed "Principal Guest Artist" of the Festival Strings Lucerne

As of the 2014/2015 season, violinist Arabella Steinbacher will be performing with the Festival Strings Lucerne as Principal Guest Artist. This collaboration will continue until the end of the season 2015/2016. The first CD recorded together with Arabella Steinbacher was released in May 2014 on the PentaTone Classics label, featuring the Mozart Violin Concertos K. 216, K. 218 and K. 219. It has since received many enthusiastic reviews.

The first concerts featuring Arabella Steinbacher in her new role will take place in Aachen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Basle.

Festival Strings Lucerne - Preview of the 2014/2015 season

Apart from Arabella Steinbacher, other prominent soloists performing with the Festival Strings Lucerne during the season 2014/2015 include Sabine Meyer, Alison Balsom, Gautier Capuçon, Rudolf Buchbinder, Akiko Suwanai, and Mischa Maisky.

This season, the Festival Strings Lucerne under its leader and artistic director, the Australian-Swiss violinist Daniel Dodds, will be performing not only in its own concert series at the KKL Luzern, but also on tour world-wide; the ensemble has been invited to perform in prestigious concert halls such as the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt square, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the great hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the NCPA in Beijing; as well as in Bremen, Hanover, Antwerp, and Basle. Following the concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg in October 2014, the Festival Strings Lucerne will be the first Swiss orchestra ever to travel to Siberia, for performances in Tyumen and Novosibirsk.

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Hans-Christoph Mauruschat, Managing Director of the Festival Strings Lucerne




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The ensemble was founded in 1956 by violinists Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Baumgartner. It has a legendary discography, including productions with Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Clara Haskil, Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier, James Galway, Aurèle Nicolet, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The repertoire of the Festival Strings Lucerne (which is closely association to the Musikhochschule Lucerne) covers a broad spectrum, be it for performances in its own concert series at the KKL Luzern, as a guest ensemble at the Lucerne Festival, in the recording studio, or during extensive concert tours. Thus, the orchestra has given the première of more than 100 works since 1956, including compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinů, Sándor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Klaus Huber, and Peter Ruzicka.


Arabella Steinbacher was born in Munich in 1981 of a Japanese mother and German father. She has now firmly established herself as one of the leading violinists in the international music scene. She is a welcome guest of the major German orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Munich Philharmonic; also of the most prominent European orchestras, such as the London Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra London; and of the American élite, such as the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston and San Francisco, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. She made her début at the London Proms in 2009, and two years later, in 2011, in New York's Carnegie Hall. She works regularly with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Charles Dutoit. Since 2009, Arabella Steinbacher – whose recordings have twice won the ECHO Klassik – has recorded exclusively for the PentaTone Classics label. Her instrument is the "Booth" Stradivarius dating from 1716, which is on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.