Edna Politi's film focuses on the figure of Heinz Holliger and his Violin Concerto, composed to pay tribute to the Swiss painter and violinist Louis Soutter.
Language: French, German (subtitles in French)
Presentation by Roberto Corrent
Heinz Holliger, one of the most fascinating personalities on the international scene and Switzerland's musical pride, has just turned 80. LuganoMusica is delighted to present a short portrait of this composer, conductor and above all oboist.
Holliger has marked the history of his instrument through finding the secret of circular breathing and performing the repertoire's greatest masterpieces alongside pieces that Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Witold Lutosławski and Karlheinz Stockhausen have dedicated to the Swiss musician.
A pupil of Sandor Veress and Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger is also one of the greatest composers of our time. His works often refer to literature (such as the famous Scardanelli-Zyklus, inspired by Holderlin) or to paintings (in this regard, the film on Holliger's Violin Concerto inspired by Louis Soutter will be shown).
As a conductor, Heinz Holliger appears with some of the world's most renowned ensembles. He is also a demanding artist, active on the music scene as a concert organiser. In 1987, he launched the Basler Musikforum before starting a few years later, together with Andras Schiff, the Whitsun Concerts at Karthause Ittingen.