27 - 28 Nov '18

Tour II
27 - 28 Nov '18

Zsolt Hamar


Concert dates and locations

  • 27 November 2018 | Tonhalle Maag Zurich | 19:30
  • 28 November 2018 | KKL Lucerne | 19:30




Our new concert series presents the best winners of the Migros Culture Percentage Student Award and the Encouragement Award. Discover the Soloists of Tomorrow in short 30-minutes recitals that will start one hour before the following concerts: 28.11.2018, 27.1.2019, 22.3.2019 and 13.5.2019 in Lucerne, 25.10.2018, 27.11.2018, 26.1.2019, 20.3.2019, 9.4.2019 and 26.5.2019 in Zurich. Your season ticket or concert ticket entitles to a free admission for each of these concerts.

Our Soloists of Tomorrow
A Swiss composer of Hungarian origin, Sándor Veress is considered to be the leading Hungarian composer of the generation following Béla Bartók and Sándor Kodály and preceding György Ligeti and György Kurtág. Veress moved to Switzerland in 1949 and settled in Berne, where he taught at the University and later the Conservatory. " Threnos in memoriam Béla Bartók" is an orchestral work lasting about fifteen minutes that Veress composed in Budapest in 1945. It is the last piece of importance he wrote before the creative interruption that preceded his emigration in February 1949.
Veress set about this work as soon as he learned of Bartók's death on 26 September 1945. "Threnos in memoriam Béla Bartók" was given its first performance that same year in Budapest. The piece is a beautiful lament for the lost master, with whom Veress studied in the 1920s and later assisted in the editing of a vast collection of Hungarian folk tunes.
Franz Liszt is one of the leading musical personalities of the 19th century, not only thanks to his abundant production. He also distinguished himself as a pianist, a teacher, an organiser and a defender of social utopia. Liszt developed close relationships with many of the leading composers of his time as well as with numerous great thinkers throughout Europe. Having started his career in Hungary, the musician then spent long periods in several European cities of importance such as Vienna, Paris, Weimar and Rome. At the age of 16, Liszt got to be known as a virtuoso pianist, much as Paganini was an outstanding violinist. In 1842, the musician settled in Weimar as court Kapellmeister and devoted himself to orchestra music. It was here that he composed his symphonic poems, a new orchestral genre of single-movement works that formally refer to an extra-musical plot. Liszt also completed in Weimer the two piano concertos he had previously started, including the one in E-flat major that had already been sketched out in the 1830s. Finished in 1849, the work was premiered in Weimar in 1855 with the composer at the piano and his friend Hector Berlioz on the rostrum.
Besides a dozen symphonic poems, Liszt also composed two symphonies during his stay in Weimar. These works, however, do not differ much from the symphonic poem's basic principle since they are both inspired by great literary works, the "Divine Comedy" in the case of the "Dante Symphony" and Goethe's masterpiece for the "Faust Symphony". Liszt read the German poet's text at a very early age. Inspired by Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust", he already considered writing a symphony based on the same theme in the 1840s. The work he finally completed in 1854 is not so much a re-reading, but rather an interpretation of Faust's story with specific musical and symbolic means. This option is in line with Liszt's conviction that only music - as a value-added language - can fill in the lack of emotional depth to be found in literary works. The framework of this dramatic symphony in three parts is given by Goethe's three main characters: Faust himself, his alter ego Mephistopheles and the innocent Gretchen.

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After studying piano, composition and conducting at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in his native Budapest, Zsolt Hamar won several conducting competitions in the late 1990s. He was also Lorin Maazel's assistant at the Salzburg Festival in 1998. The previous year, he had already been engaged by Zoltán Kocsis as permanent guest conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Zsolt Hamar has since collaborated with all the major Hungarian orchestras and has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra in Pécs. As a guest conductor, he has appeared throughout Europe and in Japan, both in opera and symphonic repertoire. Since 2007 he has been a regular guest at the Zurich Opera House. From 2012 until his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Zsolt Hamar was Music Director of the Hessian Theatre in Wiesbaden.

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