Pierre Boulez with students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Pierre Boulez with students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Podium Discussion “20 Years of the Lucerne Festival Academy”


Round Table (in German) with
Michael Haefliger Executive and Artistic Director of Lucerne Festival
Felix Heri Director of the Lucerne Festival Academy
Christiane Engelbrecht Executive Director of the International
Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA)
Estelle Costanzo harpist and Contemporary Leader of the Lucerne Festival Academy
Johanna Malangré conductor
Benjamin Herzog (SRF) moderator


What a bold idea it was that French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger turned into reality 20 years ago: a master school devoted exclusively to contemporary music. After all, compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries require special skills from their performers that were conspicuously neglected in the everyday academic scene of that time. A scaled-back trial run took place in 2003 before the Lucerne Festival Academy was officially launched the following year. Since then, more than 1,500 young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers have attended this internationally unique institution. In the anniversary summer of 2024, we will look back as well as ahead in a panel discussion. Where does the Academy stand 20 years after it was founded? How have the music world, the state of training, and the way young musicians think of themselves changed since then — perhaps even thanks to the influence of Lucerne? And where do we want to go in the future?

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Auditorium

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

    Arriving by train & bus
    Take advantage of a 40% discount on public transport to Lucerne. You can find more Information here: to the SBB offer.

    Arriving by Auto
    Lucerne has a dynamic system to indicate parking availability that makes parking in the city easier for you. You can find a list of all parking garages in the City of Lucerne here: see List.

    Various train stations outside the City of Lucerne have a Park & Ride offer for those traveling by train to Lucerne. The following train stations, which have abundant parking spaces, are especially handy: Sursee, Rotkreuz, Zug, Wolhusen, Arth-Goldau, and Sarnen.

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    Concierge Service for Your Travel Planning
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  • Cloakroom

    An unguarded coat check room is located at the entrance to the auditorium.

  • Wheelchair Seating

    The Auditorium of the KKL Lucerne has two wheelchair spaces available on special terms. Accompanying persons cannot be assured of obtaining a seat in the same price range or in the general vicinity. Ground-level entrances in the KKL Luzern take you directly into the foyers, from where elevators lead to the auditorium level. 

    To reserve wheelchair spaces please call our ticket sales office directly at +41 (0)41 226 4480. Wheelchair spaces are always made available as soon as online ticket sales begin but can only be reserved by telephone.

  • Access to venues | Late admission

    Doors for events in the auditorium of the KKL Luzern open 30 minutes before the start of the event. In consideration of the audience, late visitors will be admitted at the discretion of the auditorium staff. For specific events, it is possible that no late admission will be allowed and that there will be no intermission.

    If an event is missed due to late arrival, the purchase price cannot be refunded.

  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism