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Lucerne Festival Academy

Lucerne Festival Academy, founded in 2003 by Pierre Boulez and Michael Haefliger, is an educational summer campus devoted exclusively to new music with daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons. 

Many acclaimed conductors, composers, and soloists have been performing each summer, including such figures as Peter Eötvös, Isabelle Faust, Alan Gilbert, Heinz Holliger, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Sir Simon Rattle.

The students' “curriculum” are eventually presented to the public in concerts by the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, for which all of the students join together, as well as on various ensemble programs.

It is also a top destination for conductors and composers. In the Conducting Fellowship, young conductors follow the Academy’s rehearsal process and take part in a master class in conducting. The Composer Seminar meanwhile offers young composers an opportunity to discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm and other composers and to subject their scores to a trial run by musicians from the ranks of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI.

The Roche Young Commissions series provides young composers with commissions for new works.

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Lucerne Festival Academy

Hirschmattstrasse, 13
6002 Luzern