The Program for 2018

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has established itself as a master school for new music that is unique around the world. Under the artistic directorship of Wolfgang Rihm, the Academy now launches its 15th season.


In the summer of 2018, the Academy students will be collaborating with Sir Simon Rattle, Duncan Ward and Peter Eötvös, the world premiere of whose new composition commissioned by the Roche Commissions they will perform. They will work with such artists as the percussionist and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser and the pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich. And in addition to key works of Modernism by György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann, they will focus intensively on the creative legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday in 2018, through performances of such important scores as Gruppen and Inori. At the end of the program, these talented young musicians will then go on tour to Hamburg, Berlin, and Paris to show off their skills beyond Lucerne as well.

And it’s not only for instrumentalists that LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is a prime destination. The «Conducting Fellowship» is aimed at young conductors, who follow along throughout all of the rehearsals and also acquire direct experience at the podium as part of a master class. The «Composer Seminar» with Wolfgang Rihm offers young composers an opportunity for intensive, probing discussions of their works and allows them to then undergo a field test with musicians from the ranks of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI.