Composer Seminar

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm composer and supervisor, Olga Neuwirth composer

Sunday, 14 August – Saturday, 27 August 2016
Arrival Day: Saturday, 13 August 2016 | Departure Day: Sunday, 28 August 2016

This new two-week-long composer seminar supervised by Wolfgang Rihm enables a more intense dialogue between young composers and international performers. Wolfgang Rihm invites 2016 Composer-in-Residence Olga Neuwirth to join him to discuss new scores and recordings by upcoming young composers, to give individual one-to-one lessons, and to supervise rehearsals.
During the second week the composers will be joined by an international ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to prepare some of the compositions for a final performance.

Profile of Participants
– Advanced composer students and professional composers
– Age limit: 32
– Course language: German and English

Documents to be submitted (all documents can be submitted online)
– Application form (online)
– Two or three solo, chamber music or small ensemble works, along with a recording of the works (if possible). Works for orchestra can also be considered for the application process and the seminar, but of course not for rehearsals and the final performance with the ensemble.
– Curriculum vitae in German or English in tabular format (maximum two pages)
– Photo

During the second week composers will have the opportunity to work with an international ensemble of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, all of whom are former participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.
Maximum size of the ensemble:
1 fl, 1 ob, 1 cl, 1 bs, 1 hn – 1 pno – 1 perc – 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass
(flute: also piccolo/alto/bass flute; oboe: also English horn; clarinet: also B-flat/E-flat/bass clarinet; bassoon: also contrabassoon).

Application deadline
Friday, 12 February 2016
The results of the selections will be announced by the end of March/middle of April 2016. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondence will be conducted regarding the decisions.

Course fee
There is no fee for active participation

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will cover the travel expenses for each active participant.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will arrange and cover the costs of accommodation for each active participant.

Each active participant will receive a per diem for meals.

Each participant must provide his/her own scores.

Application deadline: Friday, 12 February 2016
For further information, please contact our website:

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