30 September


Festival Strings Lucerne

“ Enthusiasm, the «golden sound», and a long-standing tradition sharpen their distinctive profile”


Conductor: Daniel Dodds
 Şefika Kutluer

“Remembering Mevlana Rumi”



“ Uyan ey Gözlerim Uyan İlahisi “ ( Narator: Refik Kutluer)

Sultan III. Murad Han (Lyrics) : Ali Ufki Bey (Composition) Milos Betko (Arrangement)

( World Premier)

Solist: Sefika Kutluer

Il Pastore Svizzero
 Sefika Kutluer

Variations on Carnival of Venice
Solist: Sefika Kutluer


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Sinfonia for strings No 10 in B Minor, MWV N 10

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043
(Soloistler: Daniel Dodds, Gianluca Febo)
Largo ma non tanto
Adagio – Allegro – Coda piu presto

Bela Bartok – Roumanian Folk Dances (Román népi táncok), BB 68, Sz. 56,
* Stick Dance
* Sash Dance
* Stamping Dance
* Dance of Buchum
* Roumanian Polka
* Fast Dance

Established in 1956 by Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Baumgartner, Festival Strings Lucerne has for decades been regarded as one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras. Enthusiasm, the «golden sound» (The Washington Post), and a long-standing tradition sharpen their distinctive profile. Achim Fiedler, who succeeded Rudolf Baumgartner in 1998, serves as music director.

The orchestra regularly tours throughout Europe, America and Asia, appearing at prominent festivals and concert halls. The ensemble can also be heard annually on its home ground at LUCERNE FESTIVAL as well as at a concert series of its own, which has been held at the KKL Luzern since 2003.

Up to the present day, the orchestra has consistently collaborated with the most celebrated soloists, such as Yehudi Menuhin, Clara Haskil, David Oistrakh, Wilhelm Kempff, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov and Mischa Maisky.

Their broad repertoire ranges from works for string ensemble to compositions for chamber orchestra and from Baroque to contemporary music. An extensive discography – covering more than 50 years – includes LP/CD releases for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Denon, Eurodisc, Oehms, and Sony. Premieres of 100 works by such significant composers as Frank Martin, Jean Françaix, Bohuslav Martinů, Sándor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki and Beat Furrer are further confirmations of the orchestra’s outstanding reputation.

Daniel Dodds

Growing up in Australia as second child of five to Australian Chinese parents, Daniel Dodds gave his first performances at the age of five.

Leaving Australia at the age of seventeen, having been awarded numerous scholarships, he pursued his violin studies with Prof. Gunars Larsens at the Musikhochschule of Lucerne in Switzerland. Completing all three diplomas with distinction, he received further inspiration from collaboration with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli, Keiko Wataya, and one of the masters of the golden age of violin playing, Nathan Milstein. After performing a Caprice by Paganini at a masterclass for Milstein, Milstein exclaimed to the public gathered around: “Who is this fellow? Could this possibly be Paganini’s grandson?”

Daniel Dodds career has not followed any particular path, sporting a rich diversity of experience in the fields of orchestral, chamber and solo literature.
He is currently first concertmaster of the world renowned chamber orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, leading the orchestra in concerts all around the globe. He also appears regularly as soloist with this orchestra, recently in Lucerne at the Lucerne Festival, in Thailand, in North America and Mexico. As a member of the Chamber Soloists Lucerne Daniel Dodds has performed an extensive and broad range of chamber music works from duo to nonett, from early baroque through to première performances of works by contemporary composers, also in crossover projects, with jazz, tango, and far eastern elements Performances with Chamber Soloists Lucerne, have led him to performances throughout Switzerland, South America, India and China.
Following his successful debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin in February of 2007, Daniel Dodds will next be appearing as soloist with Festival Strings in their upcoming tour of South America, with concerts in Argentina, Brasil, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia, in autumn in Germany, with the Philharmonisches Orchester Giessen and the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, and in 2008 in North America and Mexico with Festival Strings Lucerne.

Daniel Dodds plays the Stradivarius “ex Hämmerle/ex Baumgartner” from 1717 generously provided by the foundation Festival Strings Lucerne

Daniel Dodds teaches a violin class at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne, where he lives with his wife and two children.