The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has established itself as a master school for new music that is unique around the world. In 2017 the Academy embarks on its 14th season – and its second under the artistic directorship of Wolfgang Rihm and Principal Conductor Matthias Pintscher.
Some 130 young musicians are invited to Lucerne from all over the world to devote themselves over a three-week period to music of the 20th and 21st centuries: both classics of modern music and brand-new works, which they present in orchestra, ensemble, and chamber concerts. They receive coaching from internationally renowned specialists in new music. Along with the musicians of the Ensemble intercontemporain, for the first time this year additional instrumental teachers have been invited to join LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s new Teaching Faculty.
In the sense of Academy founder Pierre Boulez, the program for 2017 is also widely ranging. It will extend from Claude Debussy, Charles Koechlin, and Béla Bartók through György Ligeti, Heinz Holliger, and Friedrich Cerha (represented by his major cycle Spiegel) to world premieres by Luca Francesconi, Lisa Streich, and Matthew Kaner. The participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will also encounter such figures as Heinz Holliger, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Jay Campbell, and composer-in-residence Michel van der Aa. At the end of the program, these young talents will then go on tour to Cologne and Hamburg under Matthias Pintscher to demonstrate their skills beyond Lucerne as well.
And it’s not only for instrumentalists that LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is a prime destination. The Conducting Fellowship is aimed at young conductors, who follow along throughout all of the rehearsals and also acquire direct experience at the podium as part of a master class. The Composer Seminar with Wolfgang Rihm offers young composers an opportunity for intensive, probing discussions of their works and allows them to then undergo a field test with musicians from the ranks of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI.