The "Contemporary" category promotes the music of our time and offers exciting musical adventures. For we love new sounds and are setting standards for the interpretation of contemporary music with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) and the Lucerne Festival Academy.

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Lucerne Festival Academy

Master school and laboratory for the future rolled into one: the Lucerne Festival Academy was established in 2003 by Pierre Boulez and Festival Director Michael Haefliger and has been led by Wolfgang Rihm since 2016. The Academy provides highly talented young musicians from all corners of the globe with the tools they need to interpret the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra

Lucerne Festival is passionately dedicated to the music of our time and sets interpretive standards with the new Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO).

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Lucerne Festival Forward

A new festival for the music of our time, developed and presented by the excellent musicians of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Network.


Every year, one or two composers-in-residence make their mark on the Summer Festival and introduce themselves through a showcase of their work. In recent years, these have included Michel van der Aa, Unsuk Chin, Chaya Czernowin, Fritz Hauser, Thomas Kessler, Tod Machover, Olga Neuwirth, Johannes Maria Staud, Jürg Wyttenbach, and Rebecca Saunders. In 2022, the  British artist Thomas Adès will present both recent and newly written works.

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World premieres 2022

New works of young talented composers of Lucerne Festival's "Composer Seminar 2022", Thomas Adès, Tyshawn Sorey and Bettina Skrzypczak.