International Young Composers Academy

Call for applications


Submission period

Mon Dec 31, 2018 at 5 AM UTC

End of submission period

Fri Feb 1 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Thu Feb 28 at 5 PM UTC
Dates of the course: 19 to 29 July 2019

The International Young Composers Academy aims at strengthening the collaboration between composers, performers and ensembles. This year’s guests are:

Oscar Bianchi (music director)
Olga Neuwirth
Ensemble Modern

Description of the composition masterclass

-world premieres of participants by the Ensemble Modern
-one to one lessons with faculty composers
-lectures, seminars by faculty and guest composers and participants showcase
-masterclass with Ensemble Modern

As the International Young Composers Academy keeps exploring the engaging and diverse possibilities of music making, focus of the 2019 edition will be instrumental and chamber ensemble. Selected participants will be asked to write works to be premiered in Lugano during the festival. Each participant will benefit of dedicated and coached rehearsals and individual lessons. Faculty composers will hold lectures and each participants will have the chance to publicly present their work. A roster of five renown Swiss composers will contribute to the academy participating to the diverse dynamic of the workshop.


Preregistration without enrollment fee. Deadline: February 1st, 2019. A jury composed by members of the Ensemble Modern, Oscar Bianchi and Olga Neuwirth will select the admitted participants.

The names of the admitted active participants will be announced by the end of February. They will have to complete the enrollment by March 15. The course fee is CHF 790.-. If desired, the payment may be made in two instalments: a CHF 250.- non-refundable application confirmation fee, to be paid before 15 May 2019, and the remaining CHF 540.- before the beginning of the course.

Scholarships might be awarded.

Lodging available from CHF 200.-.

More information and application form online: