The Lucerne Festival Academy’s Contemporary-Conducting Program is aimed at young, aspiring professional conductors, serving as a platform for a future conducting career. Lucerne Festival believes in the importance of contemporary music for the development of young conductors. That’s why the three-week-long development program (under the supervision of course director Baldur Brönnimann) has a special focus on the music of the 20th and 21st century.

On 30 August 2023, Program participants Michelle Di Russo and Joseph Sieber took part in a one-on-one Masterclass with world-renowned conductor Susanna Mälkki. Together with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) they worked on Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du printemps”.

This Masterclass has been recorded and can now be watched for free (after registration) on