Composer Seminar, course pass

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Wolfgang Rihm

Mon, 14.08. | 10.00 | No. 17461

KKL Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Composer Seminar, course pass

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Wolfgang Rihm

    Wolfgang Rihm  director
    Dieter Ammann  composer
    Participants in the Composer Seminar  
    Participants in the Conducting Fellowship  

    The program will be announced at a later date.

    Young composers have it hard. Take when they write for an ensemble or orchestra. They set their best ideas down on paper, but who is there to play what it sounds like? LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s Composer Seminar provides a remedy. As the Academy’s new Artistic Director, Wolfgang Rihm introduced the Seminar in 2016, for he is quite familiar with the obstacles a composer faces at the beginning and knows what doesn’t function perfectly in the regular course of study. “Here composers can test their works with former Academy musicians,” he says about the concept. “But in the university, they usually first have to go a much longer route. Many instrument teachers insist on having their scores in hand as early as a half year before the performance.” For this summer Rihm has selected from among some 150 applicants those in particular “who can already produce a recognizably individual kind of work.”


    Since its founding in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from all over the world have undergone the training offered by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Its graduates include such artists who have since gone on to achieve renown as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally established orchestras, perform in the area of chamber music, organize experimental projects, or teach at conservatories. Many of them remain closely connected to the Festival. Selected former Academy students regularly return as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to Lucerne. They enrich the programming with performances in the field of contemporary music, whether in the 40min series or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG, while additionally being on hand to offer help and advice for current Academy students. Supported through the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other to realize their own projects around the world. A unique international network of young musicians has thus emerged. For their first project, in the 2013-14 season, the Alumni presented four world premieres in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne related to the theme “Music at Risk.” Another “marathon of premieres” followed in 2016; in addition, an ensemble of Alumni appeared in the NY Phil Biennial led by Alan Gilbert to give the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward.” In the past year, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI performed on tour with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer in his project “The Big Wig.” Most recently, they gave two concerts in January 2018 in New York City, combining music by Frank Zappa with works of Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varèse, Olga Neuwirth, Tyshawn Sorey, and John Zorn.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s first performance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL was on 3 September 2014 with the “Music at Risk” project, presenting works by Dai Fujikura, Judd Greenstein, Jagoda Szmytka, and Ying Wang.

    February 2018

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    Wolfgang Rihm

    The German composer Wolfgang Rihm, who has been Artistic Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since the summer of 2016, was born in 1952 in Karlsruhe and began composing at an early age. While he was still a high school student, in 1968, he was accepted into Eugen Werner Velte’s composition class at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. He later continued his training with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne (1972-73) and finally with Klaus Huber in Freiburg (1973–1976). At the University of Freiburg he additionally took seminars in musicology with Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht. A series of large-scale orchestral works  brought Wolfgang Rihm his international breakthrough in the late 1970s. Today he ranks among the most prolific and versatile composers of the present era and has created a multifaceted oeuvre that to date consists of more than 400 compositions, including nine works of music theater alone: Faust und Yorick (1976), Jakob Lenz (1977-78), Die Hamletmaschine (1983-86), Oedipus (1987), Die Eroberung von Mexico (1987-91), Séraphin (1994), Das Gehege (2006), Proserpina (2009), and Dionysos, which received its world premiere in 2010 at the Salzburg Festival. Since 1985 Rihm has been a professor of composition at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. He has long enjoyed a close relationship with LUCERNE FESTIVAL: he was featured as composer-in-residence on the programming in 1997, and in the following year his orchestral work IN-SCHRIFT was performed at the opening of the KKL Luzern; additional commissions have followed, including the symphony Nähe fern (2011-12), the Horn Concerto (2014), and his Gruss-Moment to mark the 90th birthday of  Pierre Boulez. Wolfgang Rihm, who has also published several volumes of essays and interviews, is a member of numerous academies and has received many prestigious awards, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (2003), the Robert Schumann Prize (2014), the Grawemeyer Award (2015), and the European Church Music Prize (2017). He is a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is a member of the order “Pour le Mérite.”


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    Michel van der Aa

    Der Komponist und Regisseur Michel van der Aa, «composer-in-residence» beim Luzerner Sommer-Festival 2017, wurde 1970 im niederländischen Oss (Nord-Brabant) geboren. Am Königlichen Konservatorium von Den Haag liess er sich zunächst zum Toningenieur ausbilden, anschliessend studierte er Komposition bei Diderik Wagenaar, Gilius van Bergeijk und Louis Andriessen. 2002 ging er an die New Yorker Filmakademie, wo er das Fach Regie belegte; ausserdem absolvierte er 2007 am Director’s Lab des Lincoln Center Theater einen Spezialkurs in Bühnenregie. Für Aufsehen sorgte van der Aa vor allem mit seinen Musiktheaterwerken: 2002 entstand die Kammeroper One, die Barbara Hannigan zur Uraufführung brachte, 2005/06 folgte After Life, 2008 das Pessoa-Projekt The Book of Disquiet. Seine jüngsten Bühnenproduktionen waren Sunken Garden (2011–13) auf ein Textbuch von David Mitchell und Blank Out (2015) nach Ingrid Jonker. Für die Cellistin Sol Gabetta schuf Michel van der Aa das intermediale Cellokonzert Up-Close (2010), für die Geigerin Janine Jansen ein Violinkonzert (2014). Eine enge Verbindung unterhält er zum Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdem, das ihn für sechs Jahre, von 2011 bis 2017, als «Hauskomponisten» verpflichtete. Van der Aas Werke werden von renommierten Ensembles wie der musikFabrik, dem Ensemble intercontemporain, dem Ensemble Modern, dem Freiburger Barockorchester, dem BBC Symphony Orchestra, dem Los Angeles Philharmonic, dem Philharmonia Orchestra oder dem ASKO|Schoenberg Ensemble aufgeführt. Sie waren bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen und der Biennale von Venedig, beim Festival d’Automne in Paris und beim Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival zu hören. Michel van der Aa wurde mit dem Gaudeamus-, dem Hindemith- und dem Kagel-Preis ausgezeichnet. 2013 wurde ihm der Grawemeyer Award, 2015 der Johannes Vermeer Award verliehen.

    Mai 2017

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    Monday, 14 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Tuesday, 15 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Wednesday, 16 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Thursday, 17 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Friday, 18 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Saturday, 19 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.