© Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
© Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
10.00 / 12.00
Composer Seminar, course pass
Participants in the Composer Seminar | Wolfgang Rihm | Dieter Ammann
Participants in the Composer Seminar:
Arnau Brichs, Tyson Davis, Lanqing Ding, Theo Finkel, Anton Koshelev, Guillem Palomar, Daniil Posazhennikov, and Senay Uğurlu
Presentation and discussion of the selected works
Composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders once made her way to Karlsruhe to study with Wolfgang Rihm. Jörg Widmann, Márton Illés, and David Philip Hefti also benefitted from his lessons. Completely different artistic personalities, in other words, which demonstrates that Rihm is a teacher who is as inspiring as he is undogmatic. This also applies to the Composer Seminar, which he offers every summer in Lucerne: Rihm explains that he neither wants to found a school nor aims for a competition that awards prizes to the (allegedly) best of the upcoming generation of composers. Instead, he is trying to assemble composers “from various states of development and consciousness” from a pool of more than 250 international applications. He is interested in a productive discussion and in “finding the path toward articulating one’s own voice, consolidating one’s own obstinate individuality” – but to achieve this, “positions that are completely different must be represented.” The sessions of the first week, in which the participants discuss their works with Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and other guests, are open to anyone who is curious.
With the friendly support of the RHL Foundation
Wolfgang Rihm © Universal Edition/Erich Marinitsch
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.”
February 2017Other dates
Dieter Ammann © René Mosele
Dieter Ammann, who was born in 1962 in Aarau, played music with his father and brother from an early age. After graduating from high school, he studied music education in Lucerne as well as at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern and was subsequently active in the field of improvised music/jazz. He has collaborated as a trumpeter, pianist, and bassist with many national jazz greats, as well as with such artists as Eddie Harris and Udo Lindenberg. From 1988 to 1992, he studied music theory and composition with Roland Moser and Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Musik-Akademie Basel; attended courses by Wolfgang Rihm, Witold Lutosławski, Dieter Schnebel, and Niccolò Castiglioni; and focused increasingly on his compositional work, for which he has received many awards, including commissions contributions from the Aargau Board of Trustees and the Canton of Lucerne, First Prize at the Leipzig Young Composers in Europe Competition (1995), Grand Prize at the New York IBLA Foundation's International Competition for Composers (in honor of Luciano Berio; 1996), the Sponsorship Prize for Composition from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (2008), the AZ Medien Culture Prize (2014), and the Swiss Music Prize (2018). In 2010, Dieter Ammann was featured as composer-in-residence at Lucerne Festival. He was also invited to serve in the same capacity at the Davos Festival Young Artists in Concert (2003), "les muséiques" in Basel (2009), the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (2013), the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker (2014), and the St. Petersburg ReMusica Festival (2015). Such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Sylvain Cambreling, James Gaffigan, Valery Gergiev, Pablo Heras-Casado, Susanna Mälkki, Jonathan Nott, and Matthias Pintscher have performed Ammann's works, which are published by Bärenreiter-Verlag and Schweizer Musikedition (SME/musinfo). In addition to his activities as Professor of Composition and Theory at the Lucerne School of Music, Dieter Ammann also teaches at the Bern University of the Arts, regularly gives master classes all over the world, and offers a Composer Seminar with Wolfgang Rihm as part of the Lucerne Festival Academy.
Monday, 16 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Tuesday, 17 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Wednesday, 18 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Thursday, 19 August | 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Saturday, 28 August | 14.30 | Hochschule Luzern – Musik | Closing Concert of the Composer Seminar