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Festival Strings Lucerne


  • The Festival Strings Lucerne are one of the most distinguished chamber orchestras in Europe for nearly 60 years, with important recordings and concert tours all over the world to their credit. The Australian-Swiss violinist Daniel Dodds has been artistic director and leader of the orchestra since 2012. The very busy Lucerne Festival Strings offers a deliberately wide-ranging repertoire in its own concert series at the Lucerne KKL, as guest ensemble at the Lucerne Festival, in the recording studio and on tour. Since its foundation in 1956, it has premiered more than one hundred works, compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinu, Sándor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Klaus Huber and Peter Ruzicka.

  • 琉森节日弦乐团是近60年中欧洲最优秀的室内乐团之一,在世界各地和各大音乐厅中都有他们的演出。自2012年起澳大利亚籍瑞士小提琴家丹尼尔·多德担任乐团的艺术指导,并和琉森大学及其弦乐团建立了紧密的合作关系。在琉森KKL,琉森节日交响乐团演绎了不同风格的作品。作为客座乐团,在琉森音乐节期间录制了多张唱片并举行了巡演。自从1956年乐团成立其起,他们演出的曲目包括了Jean Françaix, 弗兰克·马丁, Bohuslav Martinu, Sándor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Klaus Huber 和Peter Ruzicka等在内的多位著名艺术家。

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  • For more than forty years, from the ensemble's founder Rudolf Baumgartner played a role as a performing artist and in due course as conductor and artistic director of the ensemble. He had a fundamental influence on the ensemble’s artistic direction however the golden and sparkling sound of the orchestra derives from fellow-founder, the legendary Viennese violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan.

    The Lucerne Festival Strings have been established in 1956 by Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Baumgartner. The regular ensemble consists of 17 string players and a harpsichordist but can also be expanded to a larger chamber orchestra according to the specific repertoire.

    The Strings owe their special sound both to the masterful instruments used by the players, which were partially made in the legendary workshops of Cremona by Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati, and to their great performance tradition. Since 2012 the concertmaster Daniel Dodds has served as Artistic Director.

    The orchestra regularly tours extensively throughout Europe, appearing at prominent festivals and concert halls. Past overseas tours have taken the Orchestra to South America (2007), USA (2008), Japan (2009) with concerts at Tokyo Suntory Hall and more, South Korea (2010) with concerts at Seoul Arts Center, to China (2010, 2011) with concerts at Beijing’s NCPA,
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Guangzhou Grand Opera and again, most recently to South America (2013) and to China with concerts at the highly prestigious Hong Kong Arts Festival (2014). 

  • 自从乐团创立的40多年来,鲁道夫·鲍加特纳一直在乐团中担任首席艺术指导、演奏家和指挥。他对于乐团的艺术风格、演出风格等有奠基性的影响。当然乐团的明亮而醇厚的音色也受到维也纳小提琴家Wolfgang Schneiderhan的影响,Wolfgang Schneiderhan同时也是乐团的合伙创立人之一。

    琉森节日弦乐团自1956年由Wolfgang Schneiderhan和鲁道夫·鲍加特纳合作创立,乐团的常规配置是17把提琴和一把大键琴,当然随着出演作品的不同,乐团的配置也能够扩展到更大型的室内乐团配置。

    弦乐团美妙的音色和他们手中的名贵乐器也有很大关系。部分乐器是由斯特拉迪瓦里、瓜奈里、阿玛迪在Cremona工作坊按照很高的表演标准制作的,自2012年以来,大师丹尼尔·多德担任乐团的艺术总监,除此之外乐团还提名德国籍日本小提琴家Arabella Steinbacher作为首席客座艺术家。

    乐团的常规巡演范围包括欧洲各大音乐厅和音乐节。乐团曾经在南美(2007年)、美国(2008年)、日本(2009年)、韩国(2010年)、中国(2010 和2011年)举办过成功的巡演。最近,乐团重赴南美(2013)和中国(2014),并且在中国参加了著名的香港音乐节。

Past tour
Beethoven project with Midori
Saffron Hall, March 2020
To mark the major Beethoven anniversary in 2020, the Festival Strings Lucerne will perform one concert in Saffron Hall with the world famous violinist Midori.

The repertoire will include a cycle of works written by Beethoven for violin and orchestra showcasing the Violin Concerto alongside both Romances. The performance will also include his fourth symphony with an expanded Festival Strings Lucerne play-directed by their leader and Artistic Director Daniel Dodds. 


06 March 2020
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, UK


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Past tour
Mozart to Broadway with Danielle de Niese
Asia, March 2018
The Festival Strings Lucerne is joined on their Asia tour in March 2018 by superstar-soprano Danielle de Niese in a unique musical journey from the music of Mozart through to the songs of New York’s Broadway.

The tour will showcase Danielle's wide ranging repertoire, including works by Mozart, Arditi and the tradition of Broadway musicals, nodding towards the legacy of Leonard Bernstein in the centenary year of the composer's birth in 2018.


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Past tour
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Asia, March 2014
Festival Strings Lucerne appear for two concerts at Hong Kong City Hall in programmes featuring music from Bach and Mozart to Schoenberg and Suk.

The orchestra are joined for their second concert by Hong Kong soprano Louise Kwong. 

Ahead of the concerts, lead violinist Daniel Dodds provided a Mozart masterclass to string students at Hong Kong University.


20 – 21 March 2014
Hong Kong City Hall 

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Future tour
Beethoven Romances
Asia, 2020
After the success of their ‘From Mozart to Broadway’ tour with Danielle de Niese in March 2018, the ensemble returns to Asia in March 2020 to form a unique collaboration with the globally-known violin soloist Midori.

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020, Midori will perform his violin concerto alongside both the Romances for violin & orchestra, surrounded by the ensemble. Led from the leader’s chair by Artistic Director Daniel Dodds, these intimate performances of all of Beethoven’s works for solo violin & orchestra will also include his Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60.


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Peter Ansell
Director / Head of International Touring
+44 20 7608 9930