The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY was founded in 2004 by Pierre Boulez in conjunction with the Festival's executive director Michael Haefliger. Since then, some 130 highly gifted young musicians from all corners of the globe have gathered together every summer to study contemporary scores and modern masterpieces. Working together in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons, the participants receive the basic equipment for performing contemporary music. Starting in the summer of 2016, the German composer Wolfgang Rihm will assume overall artistic directorship of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. The conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher will support him as Principal Conductor. Pierre Boulez will continue to remain in close dialogue with Rihm and Pintscher as Honorary President of the Academy.
The teaching staff is made up of members of the Parisian Ensemble intercontemporain, one of the most celebrated ensembles in the field of modern music. The works in the "syllabus" are then presented to the public in orchestral concerts and ensemble recitals. And the Academy students naturally also perform in projects they have developed entirely on their own, as in, for example, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min and LUCERNE FESTIVAL Lounge series.
But it is not only instrumentalists who profit from the practical training offered by the Academy: the institute is also a springboard for budding conductors and composers. Every year includes a master class in conducting in which such famous conductors as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, and David Robertson initiate highly gifted young conductors into the secrets of the métier. In addition, young composers receive commissions, as for example in the Roche Young Commissions series.
More information and application details: www.academy.lucernefestival.ch
Managing Director LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
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