Dear friends of LuganoMusica,

The new season's programme associates masterpieces from the great repertoire with lesser-known works, performed by some of the best musicians of the international stage.

Let us start with the great repertoire: Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony with Paavo Järvi; Mozart's last piano concerto played by Maurizio Pollini, Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Maria João Pires, Beethoven's Fifth conducted by Giovanni Antonini, Till Eulenspiegel under Philippe Jordan, Beethoven's Cello Sonatas with Enrico Dindo and many more.

Riccardo Muti conducting Mercadante, Martucci and other exponents of Italian instrumental music could seem astonishing. The King's Singers (the legendary vocal group that spans a millennium of music) and a new song cycle created by Nadir Vassena and Fabio Pusterla, two of today's most famous artists from Ticino, might also be surprising. This composition will add the last touch to the thematic focus designed for the 2020/2021 season, a common thread that will run through all the concerts on offer throughout LuganoMusica's programme: symphonic concerts, recital, quartets, chamber music, emerging young artists, contemporary music. The focus is entitled "Panorama from the 20th century up to us" and will replace - at least conceptually - the custom of having an artist in residence. For the season 2020/2021, the 20th century will be "in residence", with an extension up to the present. It is perhaps no coincidence that this idea was indirectly suggested by LuganoMusica's very first artist in residence (Daniil Trifonov, in 2015) and his recital programme that will contain a piece representative of every decade of the 20th century. In the course of this focus, we will be able to discover and follow the incredible aesthetic variety of the 20th and 21st centuries: from Rachmaninoff to Martin, from Strauss to Stravinsky, from Bartók to Messiaen and Penderecki, following the while very diverse artistic approaches such as late-romanticism, neoclassicism, dodecaphony, neo-romanticism and minimalism. These 20th-century works will line up – within the various concerts – against the most beloved masterpieces of the classical repertoire, offering parallelisms that we hope to be rich and stimulating.

Music written between the beginning of the 20th century and today is sometimes considered as being difficult to understand or even impenetrable. The "Panorama from the 20th century up to us " will present a wide range of musical expressions that will instead suggest the opposite. This series will open the possibility of spontaneous and genuine love for the music of the past century.

As far as performers are concerned, we will be welcoming back Valery Gergiev - who "christened" LuganoMusica in October 2015. Kit Armstrong (brilliant substitute for Murray Perahia in 2018) will also be back in Lugano, as will Denis Matsuev (who also impressed as a substitute for Maurizio Pollini), the young French pianist Bertrand Chamayou (with Giovanni Antonini) – who previously enchanted us with Saint-Saëns – and finally our illustrious compatriot Philippe Jordan. We will, on the other hand, give a warm welcome to Daniele Gatti and will be greeting Alfred Brendel as a quartet teacher during our much-beloved thematic weekend. We are particularly proud to present an exceptional concert with the two most celebrated figures of the Italian music scene: Riccardo Muti and Maurizio Pollini. The first appearances at the LAC of several Swiss ensembles – the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, the Kammerorchester Basel, La Cetra (Basel) with "our" Fabio Di Casola, Luca Pianca, Marie-Claude Chappuis, I Barocchisti (in a chamber formation), the Quartetto Energie Nove and our very flexible Ensemble LuganoMusica – will also be significant assets of this programme.

We hope that the season 2020/2021 will enable us to make a joyful return to the LAC, to concerts and to shared music listening.