Master class

Contemporary-Conducting Program Master class with Susanna Mälkki (II/II)

Lucerne Festival Academy

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Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra

Michelle Di Russo — Conductor

Joseph Sieber — Conductor

Susanna Mälkki — Conductor, teacher

Baldur Brönnimann

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At the prestigious Lucerne Festival Academy’s Contemporary-Conducting Program, talented young conductors hone their craft under the supervision of Baldur Brönnimann, an experienced maestro capable of "a delicate balance of sound planes and a meticulous underlining of each nuance" (ABC Cultura). Their focus here lies on challenging 20th- and 21st-century repertoire, which requires them to sharpen a skillset essential to their artistic and professional development.

On August 30, 2023, Michelle Di Russo and Joseph Sieber take the helm of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra for an exciting master class centered on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with internationally renowned conductor Susanna Mälkki, who punctuates the lessons with invaluable pieces of advice, encouraging the conductors to "approach this situation like a rehearsal—it's not a performance… It's like a laboratory."

This second volume brings Michelle Di Russo to join the accomplished orchestra, and the young Italian-Argentine conductor, known for her remarkable assurance, shines onstage. In 2022, she was named Associate Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony.

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