The Alumni

They are young, versatile, and eager to experiment and they are influencing the music world of today and tomorrow: since 2003 more than 1,100 musicians from over 60 countries have taken part in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, among them such current stars as the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and the American JACK Quartet. And a majority of them remain closely associated with the Festival.

Selected former Academy students regularly return to Lucerne as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI and enrich the Festival with performances not only in the regular concert programs but also in the Young Performance and 40min series. Above all they keep in contact with each other – through the support of LUCERNE FESTIVAL's alumni platform – so as to develop and implement projects of their own together all around the world. In this way a unique international network of young musicians has been created, which – through the help of LUCERNE FESTIVAL – outsiders can also approach. LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI show the ongoing impact of the Festival's support of the new generation, particularly as former participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY offer help and advice to current Academy students.

For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer  Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”