The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is the heart of the Academy. It is in this ensemble that all Academy students come together each year to study key works of the 20th and 21st centuries – from modernist classics to numerous contemporary compositions receiving their world premieres – for a three-week-long phase of intensive work under the direction of Prinicpal Conductor Matthias Pintscher and other renowned conductors. You can find complete information about how to apply here.

Ever since its first performance in the summer of 2004 the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has been giving several concerts each year as part of LUCERNE FESTIVAL's Summer Festival. Following this Lucerne residency, the ensemble regularly undertakes international tours. In 2017 the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is invited to perform at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg as well as at the Philharmonie in Cologne.

Along with Pierre Boulez who founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and Matthias Pintscher, such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Pablo Heras-Casado, Susanna Mälkki, David Robertson, and Jean Deroyer have led the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

Application for the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY 2018 begins in September.