With the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO), which was launched in 2021, Lucerne Festival has established an orchestra of excellence for new and contemporary music. As a counterpart to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, it focuses on 20th- and 21st-century scores, ranging from modern classics to commissioned works that are premiered in Lucerne. The mem-bers of the LFCO have all benefited from training at the Lucerne Festival Academy, which was founded by Pierre Boulez and is now directed by Wolfgang Rihm. Thanks to its close ties to the Academy and its network, the LFCO is in a position to play a pioneering role in the performance of contemporary music and the development of forward-looking concert formats. Through its projects, it takes advantage of the possibilities of new technologies; interdisciplinary work gives rise to innovative listening and concert experiences. The LFCO can be heard at the Lucerne Summer Festival and in international guest performances, such as, most recently, at Musikfest Berlin and the Donaueschinger Musiktage. In addition, each November the musicians present Lucerne Festival Forward, their own festival dedicated to contemporary music. This summer, the LFCO is working with Sylvain Cambreling, Kirill Gerstein, Elena Schwarz, and Tyshawn Sorey, among others. Together with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the orchestra will premiere a new work by Thomas Adès under the composer’s direction; it will offer a birthday concert for Wolfgang Rihm and Dieter Ammann, and participate in the Luzerner Theater’s music theater performance STYX Tours.
Lucerne Festival debut in the summer of 2021, giving five concerts.