FAQs

FAQs for applicants

  • WHO CAN APPLY?

    Instrumentalists:
    - 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: 1.8.2022). 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: 1.8.2022).
    - Course language: English

    Conductors:
    - Advanced conducting students and professional conductors
    - Age limit: 32 years (cut-off date: 1 August 2022: not older than 32 years on August 1, 2022)
    - Course language: English

    Composers (Composer Seminar):
    - Advanced composer students and professional composers
    - Age limit: 32 years (cut-off date: 1 August 2022: not older than 32 years on August 1, 2022)
    - Course language: German and English

    Composers (Roche Young Commissions):
    - Advanced composer students and professional composers
    - Age limit: 30 years 
    - Experience in composing for large ensemble or orchestra
    - Uninterrupted background in composition

  • WHERE CAN I APPLY?

    Please register and apply online on our website. You can upload all requested documents and your recordings/videos/links and fill out the application form. Deadline is on 13th Februrary, 2022.

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  • WHEN CAN I APPLY?

    The application for the following programs / awards open on 1st December, 2021:
    - Lucerne Festival Academy
    - Conducting Fellowship
    - Fritz Gerber Award

    The application for the Composer Seminar 2022 is already closed, the selection is done.

  • WHEN DO APPLICATIONS CLOSE?

    The application deadline for the Lucerne Festival Academy (as well as for the Conducting Fellowship and Fritz Gerber Award) is on Sunday, 13 February 2022 (23:59 CET, Swiss Time).

  • I'M OLDER THAN PERMITTED - CAN I STILL APPLY?

    The age limit for instrumentalists is 28, for conductors and composers it is 32. Applications from older people can not be accepted.

    For musicians/instrumentalists from the Academy Network who have already attended the Academy once, the age limit for re-registration is 32 years (cut-off date: 1.8.2022).

  • I'M A FORMER PARTICIPANT - DO I HAVE TO SEND A NEW RECORDING WITH THE REQUESTED REPERTOIRE?

    Yes, since the repertoire has changed, it is necessary to send new recordings. Please upload your recordings as well as your updated CV and a photo. Please use the same login as for your previous applications. 

  • HOW MUCH IS THE APPLICATION FEE?

    There is no application fee.

  • WHAT'S THE AUDITION REPERTOIRE FOR THIS YEAR'S ACADEMY?

    Please see the following site for the audition repertoire.

  • DO YOU PROVIDE THE SCORES FOR THE AUDITION REPERTOIRE?

    You are responsible for obtaining the scores for the audition repertoire on time. If you have problems finding them or if delivery from publishers takes too long, please contact us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

  • VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

    All recordings should be made with video. No splicing is allowed within individual videos (including between movements), but each piece should be on a separate video. Use of high-quality microphones is strongly encouraged. Separate audio and video equipment can be used, but should be recorded live simultaneously. Digital effects, enhancements, or any other post-production audio manipulation techniques are not permitted. There is no dress code.

  • CAN I DO A LIVE AUDITION?

    It is not possible to do live auditions.

  • WHEN WILL THE RESULTS OF THE SELECTION BE ANNOUNCED?

    We will inform you of the results by end of March. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondance regarding the decisions will be conducted.

  • HOW MANY MUSICIANS WILL BE INVITED?

    Every year Lucerne Festival invites about 100 students from all around the world to Lucerne.

  • IS THERE A WAITING LIST?

    You will be informed by email if you are on the waiting list. In case of cancellations or changes in the list of participants, we will inform you as soon as possible.

  • WILL THERE BE ANY FEEDBACK FROM THE JURY?

    Because of the large number of applications, no individual feedback will be given and no correspondance regarding the decisions will be conducted. Thank you for your understanding.

  • WHO IS IN THE GUEST FACULTY FOR THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY?

    This year the following musicians are supporting the Lucerne Festival Academy and will offer workshops.

    Guest Faculty 2022

    Helen Bledsoe, flute, Ensemble Musikfabrik
    Matthias Arter, oboe, HKB Bern
    Ernesto Molinari, clarinet, HKB Bern
    Lorelei Dowling, bassoon, Klangforum Wien
    Saar Berger, horn, Ensemble Modern
    Marco Blaauw, trumpet, Ensemble Musikfabrik
    Mike Svoboda, trombone/bass trombone/tuba, Hochschule für Musik Basel
    Christian Dierstein, percussion, Ensemble Recherche
    Nicolas Hodges, piano, Trio Accanto
    Frédérique Cambreling, harp, Conservatoire de Paris
    Christopher Otto, violin, JACK Quartet
    Austin Wulliman, violin, JACK Quartet
    John Pickford Richards, viola, JACK Quartet
    Jay Campbell, violoncello, JACK Quartet
    Nicolas Crosse, double bass, Ensemble Intercontemporain

  • WHAT IS THE PROGRAM OF THIS YEAR?

    You can find the program on our website. 

  • WHO WILL CONDUCT THIS YEAR?

    Thomas Adès, Sylvain Cambreling, Elena Schwarz and Tyshawn Sorey are the Guest Conductors of the Lucerne Festival Academy 2022.

  • STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

    Please send an email to: academy@lucernefestival.ch

FAQs for participants

  • HOW MUCH DOES THE ACADEMY COST?

    Lucerne Festival will cover the costs of travel from your home or place of study to Lucerne and back, accommodation with breakfast in a local host family, and daily fees for food and beverage.

  • WHEN IS THE ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DAY OF THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY THIS YEAR?

    Arrival day in Lucerne, Switzerland: 12 August 2022
    Departure day from Lucerne: 9 September 2022

  • IS IT POSSIBLE TO ARRIVE EARLIER?

    It is possible to arrive earlier, but please get in touch with us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

  • IS IT POSSIBLE TO PARTICIPATE ONLY IN PART OF THE ACADEMY? IS IT POSSIBLE TO ARRIVE LATER OR LEAVE EARLIER?

    If you have been selected as member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, you have to confirm your attendance for the whole academy. It is not possible to arrive later, leave earlier or to miss any rehearsals or concerts.

  • DO I NEED A VISA?

    Students from America and Europe do not need a Visa. For all other nationalities, please check with your embassy to learn whether a Visa is needed. Each student is responsible for applying for any necessary visas to Switzerland in timely manner. Lucerne Festival can provide invitation letters for your Visa applications.

  • WHO WILL ARRANGE MY TRAVEL?

    Lucerne Festival will organize all flights from your home or place of study to Lucerne and back. If you travel by train to Lucerne and back we kindly ask you to arrange your own tickets and you will be reimbursed in Lucerne (please send us your receipts by email). We will send an online contract with a travel form in May.

  • CAN YOU BOOK OPEN FLIGHT TICKETS?

    No we do not book open flight tickets.

  • CAN I CHANGE MY FLIGHT?

    Flights can be rebooked only in emergencies. The flight can be changed only by Lucerne Festival and not directly by contacting the travel agency.

  • HOW DO I RECEIVE MY FLIGHT TICKET?

    At the beginning of August we will send you via email your flight ticket (e-ticket) and your train ticket from Zurich airport to Lucerne (e-ticket).

  • HOW DO I GET FROM ZURICH AIRPORT TO LUCERNE?

    By the beginning of August we will send you your train ticket (e-ticket) via email with a timetable. This train ticket enables you to take all trains to Lucerne on this day.

  • HOW CAN I TRAVEL IN THE CITY?

    Lucerne Festival will provide you with a ticket for all public transportation for all three weeks. You will receive the ticket on your arrival day in Lucerne.

  • DO I NEED SPECIAL INSURANCES FOR THE ACADEMY?

    For your stay in Europe you are responsible for the following insurance:

    - Travel cancellation insurance (obligatory)
    - Foreign health insurance (obligatory)
    - Instrument insurance (recommended)
    - Luggage insurance (recommended)
    - Casualty insurance (recommended)

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL does not provide any insurance.

  • WHERE WILL I LIVE DURING THE ACADEMY?

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL will arrange for all students to stay with a local host family for the entire three weeks. We will try to respect all your wishes concerning location and room mate.

  • WHERE WILL STUDENTS BE ACCOMMODATED?

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL will arrange for you to stay with a local host family for the entire three weeks.

  • WHERE WILL I MEET MY HOST FAMILY?

    We will arrange for you to be picked up by your host family on your day of arrival in Lucerne. You will meet your host family in the Academy foyer.

  • WHERE IS THE MEETING POINT DURING THE ACADEMY?

    In the Academy foyer in the KKL is the meeting point for Academy members. Every day important news, rehearsal schedule changes, and meeting points for the evening are posted in the Academy foyer. There is WLAN and somone of the Academy-Staff is always there to help you and aswer your questions.

  • HOW DO I OBTAIN THE SCORES?

    By May we will send you all scores and cast lists in pdf files via e-mail. You can use the pdf files in order to prepare for the academy. We will distribute the original scores on your arrival day.

  • HOW DO I KNOW IN WHICH PIECES I WILL PLAY?

    The management will consult with the instrumental coaches to organize the cast lists for all works. By May we will send you these lists and the parts by e-mail.

  • I HAVE TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT THAT I DON'T OWN MYSELF (CONTRABASSOON, ENGLISH HORN, ALTO FLUTE, ETC.). WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    If you need an additional instrument (such as english horn, contrabassoon, alto flute, special mutes, etc.), please contact us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

    Woodwinds: please bring your own reeds with you (also for any additional rented instruments).

  • CAN I RENT INSTRUMENTS?

    If you need an additional instrument (as english horn, contrabassoon, alto flute, special mutes, for example), please contact us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

    Double bass: it is possible to rent double basses in Lucerne. Please let us know if you need a rented instrument or if you will bring your own. If you wish to rent a double bass, please bring your own bow.

    Woodwinds: please bring your own reeds with you (also for any additional rented instruments).

  • WHAT'S THE DRESS CODE FOR THE CONCERTS?

    Concert performance (concert hall):
    Women: elegant black
    Men: traditional black suit (no tuxedo or smoking), white shirt, black socks, black shoes, black tie (no bow tie)

    Concert performance (chamber music, ensemble program):
    Women: elegant black (long- and short-sleeved)
    Men: black pants, black shirt, black socks, black shoes (long- and short-sleeved)

    Concert visit
    Women and men: elegant, no jeans or beach shoes!

  • IS THERE WLAN IN THE KKL?

    There is WLAN in the Academy foyer. There is no computer available, so please bring your own laptop or smartphone with you.

  • DO I NEED AN ADAPTER?

    Switzerland has different electrical outlets. Please bring an adapter with you.

  • STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?