Masterclass in conducting with Pierre Boulez at Lucerne Festival Academy 2004 © Priska Ketterer / Lucerne Festival
Masterclass in conducting with Pierre Boulez at Lucerne Festival Academy 2004 © Priska Ketterer / Lucerne Festival

Happy Birthday! For 20 years, young musical talents from all over the world have been focusing with a spirit of curiosity on the new at the Lucerne Festival Academy.

Anniversary events

The 20th anniversary of the Lucerne Festival Academy will be celebrated this summer with a varied program comprising six concerts by the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO), two Composer Seminars, pre-concerts in the KKL foyer, a panel discussion, and tailor-made house concerts – all as part of the Academy’s three-week-long phase of activity, from 17 August to 8 September, in which more than 100 musicians will participate.

  • Pre-Concerts in the KKL Lobby

    Before selected concerts, musicians from the Lucerne Festival Academy will perform 10-minute-long pre-concerts on a small stage in the lobby of the KKL Luzern.

  • Win a House Concert

    20 years – 20 minutes: To celebrate the anniversary of the Lucerne Festival Academy, you can apply for a 20-minute house concert featuring soloists of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO).

     

  • Panel Discussion

    In a panel discussion on 17 August, Michael Haefliger, Felix Heri, and Alumnae Estelle Costanzo and Johanna Malangré will discuss 20 years of the Lucerne Festival Academy together with Christiane Engelbrecht, Director of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA); Benjamin Herzog from SRF 2 Kultur will moderate.

    Free admission.

  • A special opening night

    Right at the beginning of the official Opening Concert featuring the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, on 16 August, an ensemble from the LFCO will present a work commissioned by Lisa Streich to mark the 20th anniversary of the Academy. It is a musical statement on the theme of “Curiosity” and will be performed in lieu of a celebratory speech.

Video gallery

To mark the occasion, we spoke to people who have been close to the Lucerne Festival Academy over the past twenty years: Alumni, guest artists and leading personalities.

The big roundup for lovers of facts and figures

Read here

All concerts and events

Even more about the anniversary in our online magazine

20 years of the Lucerne Festival Academy