Composer Seminar, day 4 ─ CANCELLED

Wolfgang Rihm | Dieter Ammann | guests

Thu, 20.08. | 10.00 / 12.00 | No. 20714

KKL Luzern

Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Composer Seminar, day 4 ─ CANCELLED

    Wolfgang Rihm | Dieter Ammann | guests

    Participants in the Composer Seminar  
    Wolfgang Rihm  director
    Dieter Ammann  co-teacher

    Presentation and discussion of the selected works

     “A teacher is good when the students are different from him, and are not copies of his attitudes,” Wolfgang Rihm once observed. This maxim also applies to his Composer Seminar, which he has offered every summer since 2016 as part of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Rihm has said that he does not want to found a school, and he does not propose a competition that rewards the (allegedly) best of the upcoming generation of composers. Instead, he is attempting to “put together composers who are at different states of development and self-awareness” from the pool of more than 250 international applications. What interests him is a productive discussion and “getting a start on the ability to articulate your own ideas, becoming more secure in following your own way.” But to do so, “widely varying perspectives must be represented.” The first week comprises five sessions open to the public, in which the participants will discuss their works with Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and such other guests as composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders. Following this are an intensive rehearsal phase with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI and two closing concerts.

    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.”


    February 2017

    Other dates

    Monday, 17 August | 10.00 – 11.30 und 12.00 – 13.30
    Tuesday, 18 August | 10.00 – 11.30 und 12.00 – 13.30
    Wednesday, 19 August | 10.00 – 11.30 und 12.00 – 13.30
    Thursday, 20 August | 10.00 – 11.30 und 12.00 – 13.30
    Friday, 21 August | 10.00 – 11.30 und 12.00 – 13.30

    Composer Seminar Workshops:
    Friday, 28 August | 18.20 | KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall | 40min
    Saturday, 29 August | 14.00 | KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall | Closing Concert