It was in the summer of 2003, that Pierre Boulez and Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – thus establishing an educational campus devoted exclusively to new music. Every summer since then, some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all around the world are given the opportunity to study contemporary scores and modernist classics in detail through daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons and then to present their insights in performance.
In the summer of 2016 the German composer Wolfgang Rihm took over as Artistic Director; he is assisted by Matthias Pintscher as Principal Conductor. Matthias Pintscher will be responsible each summer for a central Academy program; he will additionally focus on developing the Academy Orchestra.
Serving as instructors are members of the Ensemble intercontemporain from Paris, one of the most renowned ensembles in the field of contemporary music.
Besides the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, in which all of the students are consolidated, various additional ensembles join together to present their own concert programs. Individual artistic initiative is also encouraged, such as in the series LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min, LUCERNE FESTIVAL Lounge, and “At the Buvette,” in which Academy participants present projects they have developed on their own.
It’s not only instrumentalists who benefit from the Academy’s praxis- oriented training – the institution is also a prime choice for conductors and composers.