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Composer Seminar Performance

Sat, 26.08. | 15.00 | No. 17326

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017



    Participants in the Conducting Fellowship  

    Composer Seminar Performance 

    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.” Following an intensive period of discussion and refinement, the participants for 2017 will present selected scores to introduce themselves in this Composer Retrospective.


    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.

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