Roche Young Commissions 2015-2017

Meeting Roche Young Commissions 2015-2017

The artists Lisa Streich and Matthew Kaner have been selected by Wolfgang Rihm as the winners of the composition commissions in the next edition of the Roche Young Commissions series. Each of these two composers has been commissioned to create a new work within the next two years, which they will rehearse in 2016 during the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and which will then be given its world premiere during the Summer Festival in 2017. On 24 August these young emerging composers were welcomed by Roche in Basel and met with scientists from the company as well as with CEO Severin Schwan. In the summer of 2016 they will have the opportunity to work on their scores in Lucerne in collaboration with Wolfgang Rihm, Supervisor of the Roche Young Commissions, with young conductors, and with the LUCERNE
FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra.

Lisa Streich, who was born in 1985 in Sweden, received her education from such figures as Adriana Hölszky, Johannes Schöllhorn, and Mauro Lanza. She studied organ and composition at the Cologne Academy for Music and Dance and at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris. She was recently commissioned by the ensemble recherche / SWR and the Norrköpings Symphony Orchestra. She won the Busoni Chapmion Award of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin in 2013 and, in 2014, the Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann Scholarship.


A native of England who was born in 1986, Matthew Kaner studied with such mentors as Colin Matthews, Oliver Knussen, and George Benjamin. He completed his studies in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Julian Anderson and currently has a teaching engagement there. Among his experiences, in 2012 he served as the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood. In 2013 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. Kaner has been commissioned to compose for such ensembles and orchestras as the London Sinfonietta and the London Symphony Orchestra.