The Academy

A master school for contemporary music – this is what the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is all about. Each summer around 130 talented young musicians from all over the world are given the opportunity to dedicate themselves to a repertoire that is still all too often overlooked in the classical music world: the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over a period of three weeks they immerse themselves in key works of the modern era through daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons; they also study and rehearse brand-new scores, many of them composed specifically for the Academy, and experiment with innovative performance formats. The Festival audience in turn benefits from this unconventional programming replete with discoveries and surprising listening experiences.

This internationally unique campus for contemporary music was founded in 2003 by the French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. Starting in the summer of 2016 the German composer Wolfgang Rihm will take over as Artistic Director; he will be assisted by Matthias Pintscher as Principal Conductor. Members of the Paris-based Ensemble intercontemporain, which specializes entirely in the performance of contemporary music, are on the faculty as instrumental teachers and mentors. Other renowned conductors, composers, and soloists are additionally invited: including such figures as Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado, Heinz Holliger, Susanne Mälkki, and Sir Simon Rattle. The works on their "curriculum" are eventually presented to the public in concerts by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, for which all of the students join together, as well as on various ensemble programs.

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY naturally also encourages independent artistic initiative on the part of the students and therefore presents Academy participants in projects they themselves have developed and in which they venture to explore connections to other musical forms and styles. It is not only instrumentalists who benefit from the praxis-oriented training offered by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY; this institution is also a destination for conductors and composers. Each year's list of offerings includes a master class in conducting, while the Roche Young Commissions series provides young composers with commissions for new works.

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Artistic Director
Wolfgang Rihm
Principal Conductor
Matthias Pintscher
Honorary President
Pierre Boulez †

Managing Director for the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Dominik Deuber
Lea Hinden

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