Application for the Lucerne Festival Academy 2023
Pierre Boulez †
Founder and Honorary President
Susanna Mälkki, Ilan Volkov, Enno Poppe, Jack Sheen, and Rita Castro Blanco
11 August - 3 September 2023
Arrival Day in Lucerne: Friday, 11 August
Departure Day from Lucerne: Sunday, 3 September
Through daily rehearsals and workshops, participants of the Lucerne Festival Academy will work on contemporary orchestral, ensemble and chamber music repertoire by an exciting range of composers. One focus for the summer of 2023 will be on the work of the German composer Enno Poppe. As composer-in-residence, he will conduct not only his own works but also Mathias Spahlinger's monumental orchestral piece passage/paysage
. The arc of the programming in general ranges widely. You will have an opportunity to study works with Susanna Mälkki: namely, Unsuk Chin's Šu
and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps
. You will also perform the world premieres of new scores by Jessie Cox, David Moliner, and Hovik Sardaryan and prepare Georges Lewis’s Minds in Flux
under the direction of Ilan Volkov.
Each participant's work will be supervised by internationally acclaimed conductors, composers, and musicians. Academy participants will perform the works which they have prepared in several concerts that are part of the programming for the Summer Festival.
There is no fee for the application and for active participation in the Lucerne Festival Academy. Travel, accommodation, and meals, as well as instrumental parts are provided by Lucerne Festival.
You can find the program of the Lucerne Festival Academy 2023 here
Profile of Participants
– Advanced music students and professional musicians
– Age limit: For the first participation in the Lucerne Festival Academy, the age limit is 28 years
(cut-off date: 1.8.2023). For musicians from the Academy Network who have already attended the Academy once, the age limit for re-registration is 32 years (cut-off date: 1.8.2023).
– Participation: You can attend the Academy a maximum of three times.
– Course language: English
Documents to be submitted online
– Photo (headshot)
– Curriculum vitae in English (maximum of two pages)
– Video recording of the required audition repertoire
and the excerpts
The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Leaders
will decide on active participation upon receipt of the registration forms and recordings. The results of the selections will be announced by mid of March 2023. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondence regarding the decisions will be conducted. Applicants must include a recordings of themselves playing the required audition repertoire; the recording must be uploaded online. Please note that the recording must not be edited in any way.
Sunday, 19 February 2023 (23:59 Swiss Time; CET)
There is no fee for active participation in the Lucerne Festival Academy.
Lucerne Festival will cover the travel expenses of each active participant.
Lucerne Festival will arrange and cover the cost of accommodation of each active participant in a local host family.
Per Diem / Meals
Each active participant of the Lucerne Festival Academy will receive a daily lump sum of CHF 40 for the main meals.
Lucerne Festival will provide all instrumental parts for the orchestral and ensemble repertoire.
The closing date for applications is 19.02.2023.