New Festival Structure: The Three Categories

The three new categories “Symphony,” “Contemporary,” and “Music for Future” represent focal points within the festival.

Lucerne Festival highlights its central offerings through its definitions of the three categories. “Symphony” presents the world's most renowned symphony orchestras. These can be experienced every day during the Festival in the Salle blanche of the KKL Lucerne Lucerne, thus transforming the Festival into a unique summit meeting of orchestras. The opening phase of the Summer Festival features performances by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, followed each year by the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, and numerous other top orchestras. In addition, classical music stars from all over the world can be experienced, including, in 2021, such figures as Cecilia Bartoli, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Yuja Wang.

The “Contemporary” category involves the Festival’s commitment to contemporary music, with the Lucerne Festival Academy forming its core. Current and former students of the Lucerne Festival Academy form the newly founded Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO), which focuses on contemporary repertoire as well as modern classics both during the Festival and in guest performances abroad. In addition, the position of composer-in-residence is part of the Contemporary division.

“Music For Future” shows that Lucerne Festival is committed to the generation of tomorrow: to the future stars and orchestral musicians on the concert stage as well as the young audience listening to them in the hall: children, young people, and families. This includes the long-standing "Debut" series, 3/3 the varied family and children’s concerts, school projects, and such major sponsorship prizes as the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award.

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