The Lucerne Festival Orchestra, founded in 2003 by Claudio Abbado (1933-2014), is comprised of acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians and music professors, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at its core.
The orchestra unites every summer in the Swiss city of Lucerne and gathers again in autumn to tour together. Previous years have brought the Lucerne Festival to Paris, Vienna, Hamburg, Rome, London, New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing and other international capitals.
This year, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra returns to Asia with two different programmes, which will be performed over seven concerts under the baton of Music Director Riccardo Chailly. The first, all-Strauss programme was featured in the opening concerts of this year’s edition of the Lucerne Festival, while the second programme, with works by Beethoven and Stravinsky, includes one piece – Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps – which was also performed this summer.
Audiences in the first and final stops of the tour – Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts – will be able to hear both programmes in two consecutive evenings, while the concerts in Kawasaki, Kyoto and Seoul will each feature one of the two programmes.