At the centre of the musical tribute to his life and work is the Vienna Konzerthaus, of which György Ligeti was an honorary member. In numerous concerts, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, among others, interpret his most important orchestral works. The two string quartets will be performed by Quatuor Ébène and Quatuor Diotima respectively; piano and organ works will be performed by Kit Armstrong, Anton Gerzenberg and Iveta Apkalna. The Klangforum Wien, the Ensemble PHACE and the œsterreichische ensemble fuer neue musik will also participate in the portrait series.
Vienna celebrates György Ligeti's music
The Wiener Konzerthaus is dedicating an extensive concert series to its honorary member György Ligeti on the occasion of his 100th birthday in the first half of the year.
In the summer of 2023, the Salzburg Festival will demonstrate its close affinity with the music of György Ligeti through the concert series Time with Ligeti. Tabea Zimmermann and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who play a key role in shaping the series, talk about their own relationship with the composer.
Orchestras and concert halls around the world are paying tribute to György Ligeti this year on the occasion of his 100th birthday in May
2023. After the start of the Ligeti 100th anniversary year at the Vienna Konzerthaus in January, it was the Berliner Philharmonie that
became the stage for the composer's works with its Biennale in February - an exhibition about Ligeti's life and work is on display until the end of May.
In addition to having recorded all of György Ligeti's works for choir a cappella, the SWR Vokalensemble is offering workshops on the composer's work as part of a major school project and is also touring his music in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France and Italy in May and June.
Hans Memling's Danzig altarpiece of the Last Judgement served György Ligeti as inspiration for the Dies irae from his Requiem, which became one of the most complex polyphonic works in music history. As a summary of his previous work and the nucleus of his new work, the Requiem plays a key role.