Fels is one of the most distinguished cellists for music of our
time. His close collaborations with composers such as Klaus Huber,
Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino or Beat Furrer
led to numerous works dedicated to him. At the Donaueschinger Musiktage,
in which Lucas Fels has regularly taken part since 1993, he has
premiered the cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm (Styx und Lethe,
1998) and Walter Zimmermann (Subrisio Saltat, 2003) amongst
others. In 2002, he premiered Sebastian Claren's cello concerto
After Blinky Palermo at the Internationale Ferienkurse
für Neue Musik Darmstadt.
in Lörrach in 1962, Lucas
Fels received his first cello lessons from Rolf Looser in Basle and
Zurich. He subsequently studied in Freiburg with Christoph Henkel,
in Amsterdam with Anner Bijlsma and in Fiesole/Florence with Amadeo
Baldovino. He participated in master classes by Antonio Janigro, Siegfried
Palm and Bruno Canino amongst others.
As founding member of the highly
renowned Ensemble Recherche, which specialises in new Music,
Lucas Fels has been actively involved in the development of contemporary
chamber and ensemble music. Ensemble Recherche has premiered
around four hundred works since its foundation in 1985.
Fels has taught regularly at different conservatories (Lucerne,
Essen, Brno, Lviv) and has lectured at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse
since 1998. Together with Ensemble Recherche and the Freiburg
Baroque Orchestra, he founded the Ensemble Academy Freiburg in 2004,
which offers courses in the performance of Ancient and New Music
to professional musicians and advanced students. In July 2005, he
participated in the Centre Acanthes Metz as soloist and teacher.
than 30 CDs with solo and chamber music works document the wide
range of Lucas Fels's repertoire. His recent recordings include
Bernd Alois Zimmermann Märchensuite / Canto di speranza
/ Impromptu / Alagoana. Caprichos Brasileiros were released
on Wergo, Beat Furrer Gaspra on Kairos and Sebastian Claren
After Blinky Palermo on col legno.
premiere of a new cello concerto by Mathias Spahlinger is planned
for season 2007/08 as part of the Musica Viva series of Bayerischer