Every year in November, Lucerne Festival Forward offers contemporary music a platform and gives a voice to the musicians of the younger generation. It all starts out from the idea of using the international network of the Lucerne Festival Academy, which has grown over the years and now comprises more than 1,200 artists, as a collective mastermind. And this is the case in several respects. The concerts are not only prepared and presented by the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO), our orchestra of excellence for the performance of new and contemporary music. Selected Contemporary Leaders from the Academy network also participate to develop the program as curators. In doing so, they take new approaches to closing the gap between so-called “new music” and the audience: they seek out contact with listeners, experiment with unusual concert formats, focus on lesser-known voices and aesthetic positions with respect to the creation of contemporary music, and purposefully mix nationalities, generations, and genders.
Responsible for Lucerne Festival:
Felix Heri und Mark Sattler
Lucerne Festival Contemporary Leaders:
Chloë Abbott | Jack Adler-McKean | Cecila Bercovich | Ettore Biagi | Winnie Huang | Helga Karen | Edward Kass | Marina Kifferstein | Angus Lee | Alex Lipowski | Stephen Menotti | Benjamin Mitchell | Ben Roidl-Ward | Michelle Ross | James Austin Smith | Nathan Watts | Johnna Wu | Andrew Zhou
The inaugural edition of Lucerne Festival Forward took place from 19 to 21 November 2021. All events featured special settings that had a particular focus on the architecture and acoustics unique to the KKL Luzern as well as on the connection between musicians and audience. These ranged from concerts in the dark to brief performances for only one listener at a time and from scores with open playing instructions (George Lewis, Annea Lockwood, and Pauline Oliveros) to Olga Neuwirth’s large-scale spatial composition Construction in space. Included were six world premieres as well as Michael Pisaro’s ricefall, which was designed as a participatory project.
New musical experiences need strong partners with vision. We sincerely thank our Founding Partner Swiss Re, Carla Schwöbel-Braun, Gitti Hug, the Landis & Gyr Foundation and the Walter B. Kielholz Foundation for their indispensable commitment!