Application for the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY 2020


Submission period

Thu Dec 5, 2019 at 8:35 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
Pierre Boulez † Honorary President
David Robertson, Sylvain Cambreling, Lin Liao Guest Conductors

14 August - 30 August 2020
Arrival day: Friday, 14 August
Departure day: Sunday, 30 August

Through daily rehearsals and master classes, participants of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will work on contemporary orchestral, ensemble, and chamber music repertoire by an exciting range of composers, including Rebecca Saunders, Pierre Boulez, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Iannis Xenakis, and many others. 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 Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Travel, accommodation, and meals, as well as instrumental parts are provided by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

Profile of Participants
– Advanced music students and professional musicians
– Age limit: 30 years
– Course language: English

Documents to be submitted online
– Photo (headshot)
– Audio/video recording of the required audition repertoire (see Audition repertoire)
– Curriculum vitae in English (maximum of two pages)
– List of contemporary works already performed

The course management will decide on active participation upon receipt of the registration forms and recordings. 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 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.

Course fee
There is no fee for active participation in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra.

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will cover the travel expenses of each active participant.

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will arrange and cover the cost of accommodation of each active participant in a local host family.

Each active participant in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra will receive a daily lump sum for the main meals.

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will provide all instrumental parts for the orchestral and ensemble repertoire.

Application Deadline
Monday, 10 February 2020

Details and application form are available at web pages: