Composer seminar

Lucerne Festival Academy


Submission period

Thu Dec 5, 2019 at 8:41 AM UTC

End of submission period

Mon Feb 10 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Fri Mar 20 at 5 PM UTC
Wolfgang Rihm Artistic Director and Supervisor
Dieter Ammann Guest Composer

16 August - 30/31 August 2020

This two-week-long composer seminar supervised by Wolfgang Rihm enables a more intense dialogue between young composers and international young performers. Wolfgang Rihm invites Dieter Ammann to join him to discuss new scores and recordings by upcoming young composers, to give individual one-to-one lessons, and to supervise rehearsals. The composers will be joined by an international ensemble of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to perpare 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 online (all documents can be submitted online except the scores)
– Photo (headshot)
– Two or three solo, chamber music or small ensemble works, along with a recording of the works (if possible). Please also upload the recording of your work online. 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)
– Please upload the scores as pdf online and send one printed copy to the following address:
Composer Seminar
Hirschmattstrasse 13
6003 Luzern

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.
Ensemble members:
2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 tuba, 1 harp, 1 piano/celesta, 2 percussions

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 middle of March 2020. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondence regarding the decisions will be conducted. Applicants must include recordings of themselves playing the required audition repertoire; the recording must be uploaded online. Please note that recordings must not be edited in any way.

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.

Details and application form are available at web pages: