Artists in Residence

Season 2023/2024

Gautier Capuçon ©Felix Bröde

Gautier Capuçon

"My instrument helps me to understand things."

The French cellist Gautier Capuçon is convinced of the fascination of his instrument and he also wants to convince the Dresden audience of this in the 2023/2024 season, when he plays Elgar's Cello Concerto (2/3 SEP), the Cello Concerto "Diary of a Madman" by our Composer in Residence Lera Auerbach (11 MAY) and the cello part in Beethoven's Triple Concerto (22 JUN) as Artist in Residence of the Dresden Philharmonic.

He can also be heard in a recital with his artist friend Daniil Trifonov, performing works by Debussy, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (11 FEB). Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello.

› It can sing beautifully, it can be melodic, romantic, nostalgic... It really is an instrument that you can do absolutely anything with. ‹
Gautier Capuçon about his cello in an interview with rbb online
©Michael Sharkey

Born in Chambéry, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Today he performs with leading orchestras worldwide. You can read a detailed biography here.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja ©Marco Borggreve

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Depth, brilliance and humour - and a sense of theatricality.

The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is not only an excellent expert on her instrument, but also fascinates with enormous stage presence and dedication to the works she wants to bring to her audience. As Artist in Residence of the Dresden Philharmonic, she will prove this several times.

An exciting marathon will be three concerts on three consecutive evenings with her, in which she will play the great violin concertos of the 1930s, including works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Berg and Bartók (6/7/8 JUN). She can also be heard as a chamber musician: in recital with her artist friend Sol Gabetta (17 NOV).

› Music is always about fundamental things: love and despair, pain and joy. The only question is how that is expressed in music. How do you play it and how do you hear it. My goal is to make all music understandable for us today. ‹
Patricia Kopatchinskaja in an interview with Concerti
©Julia Wesely

Patricia Kopatchinskaja focuses on getting to the essence of the music, to its meaning for us - now and here. She always expresses the core of the work with her distinctive approach, whether with an unconventional performance of a traditional classic of the violin repertoire or with an original scenic project presented as an experimental performance dramaturge.

Lera Auerbach ©Raniero Tazzi

Lera Auerbach

Composer in Residence

The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, together with the Prague Philharmonic Choir, will perform her Symphony No. 6 "Vessels of Light", a work commissioned by Yad Vashem, the International Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem and the American Society for Yad Vashem (11 NOV).

In addition, her cello concerto "Diary of a Madman" can be heard with Gautier Capuçon, who also premiered it with the Munich Philharmonic in 2022 (11 MAY). The Collenbusch Quartet will perform their String Quartet No. 3 "Cetera Desunt" (7 APR), and the Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir will perform their "Galgenlieder" after Christian Morgenstern together with the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet (16 JUN).

› I want the audience to feel free, to let their own imagination run wild and draw from their own dreams and memories. ‹
Lera Auerbach
Lera Auerbach ©Feller

Lera Auerbach was born in the Urals in 1973 and has lived in the USA since 1991. She wrote her first opera at the age of 12 and has since composed over 100 works. She does not limit herself to music, but is also creative as a poet and visual artist. Often, extra-musical inspirations serve as the trigger for a composition. Auerbach's published catalogue includes more than 100 works for orchestra, opera and ballet, as well as relevant works for choral and chamber ensembles.

Cameron Carpenter ©Dovile Sermokas

Cameron Carpenter

Palace organist

With his unconventional appearance, extravagant repertoire and idiosyncratic interpretations, Cameron Carpenter brings completely new attention to his instrument and at the same time inspires die-hard organ fans. 

As palace organist, he will not only make the great concert organ in the Kulturpalast resound as a soloist with an all-Bach programme (27 SEP) and his own arrangement of Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations (21/22 OCT), but will also accompany the silent film "Nosferatu" (26 JAN).

› Carpenter is one of those rare musicians who change the way they play their instrument.... He is a shatterer of cultural and classical music taboos. He is the most technically proficient organist I have ever experienced.... And, most importantly, the most musical. ‹
Los Angeles Times Kommentar
Cameron Carpenter ©Dovile Sermokas

His pioneering spirit has already left its mark on recent music history: with the International Touring Organ (ITO), built according to his own plans, he has travelled not only in Europe and the USA, but also in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Born in Pennsylvania, USA, in 1981, Cameron Carpenter first performed J.S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" at the age of eleven and became a member of the American Boychoir School in 1992.