Composer Seminar 2022

Lucerne Festival Academy 2022
Composer Seminar by Wolfgang Rihm and Dieter Ammann

Arrival Day: Sunday, 21 August 2022
Composer Seminar: 22 August - 3 September 2022
Departure Day: 4 September 2022

This two-week-long composer seminar provides eight young composer an intense dialogue with Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann and international young performers. In the first week, the group of composers are discussing scores and recordings with Dieter Ammann and Wolfgang Rihm including individual one-to-one lessons for each composer. In the second week, t
he composers will be joined by the IEMA-Ensemble 2021/22 and young conductors of the Lucerne Festival Conducting Fellowship to prepare new works for ensemble written for the composer seminar to be premiered as part of the Summer Festival 2022.

Profile of Participants
– Advanced composition students and professional composers
– Age limit: 32 as of August 1, 2022 (not older than 32 years on August 1, 2022)
– Course language: English

Documents to be submitted (all documents can be submitted online except the scores)
– Photo (headshot)

– Curriculum vitae in German or English (maximum of two pages)
– Two or three final scores along with a recording (if possible)

Please upload the recordings of your work  and the scores (as pdf) online.

Further, send one printed copy to the following address:

Lucerne Festival Contemporary
Composer Seminar
Hirschmattstrasse 13
CH-6002 Luzern

Important: The printed scores have to be delivered until Monday November 22 at the latest!
Later entries of scores are not accepted and make the application invalid.

The course management will decide on active participation upon receipt of the registration forms and scores. The results of the selections will be announced by December 15, 2021. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondence regarding the decisions will be conducted.

Cooperation Lucerne Festival Composer Seminar with the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA)
As part of a new cooperation with the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA), the IEMA-Ensemble 2021/22 will work during the second week of the composer seminar with the composers on new ensemble pieces, and premiered as part of Lucerne Festival Summer 2022.
More information on IEMA.
During the closing concert, three to five pieces will be selected by a jury formed of members of Ensemble Modern. Following a further working period with the composers, these pieces will then be performed by Ensemble Modern as part of their concert series "Happy New Ears" in Frankfurt.
The collaboration between the Composer Seminar of the Lucerne Festival, IEMA and Ensemble Modern takes place through curtain_call, part of ICCS (International Composer & Conductor Seminars), Ensemble Modern's programme for supporting young composers and conductors, made possible through sponsorship from the Aventis Foundation.

New works
Composers must create a new piece lasting eight minutes, for an ensemble of seven to thirteen instruments, selected from the following instrumentation:
One flute (including piccolo and bass flute), one oboe (including cor anglais), one clarinet (including bass clarinet), one bassoon, one horn, one trumpet, one piano, one percussion, two violins, one viola, one violoncello, one double bass.

Application deadline
Monday, 22 November 2021 (23:59 CET, Swiss time)

Delivery dates for new works

March 1, 2022: Confirmation of instrumentation
June 15, 2022: Delivery score and parts to Lucerne Festival

Course fee
There is no fee for active participation in the Composer Seminar.

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 in a local host family.

Each active participant will receive a per diem for meals.

Each participant must provide his/her own scores.

The closing date for applications is 22.11.2021.
The application for "Composer Seminar 2022" has already been closed.