New Composition Commissions

“Roche Commissions” 2022: Thomas Adès to write a violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter

“Roche Young Commissions” 2023: Hovik Sardaryan and David Moliner receive commissions within the framework of the Lucerne Festival Academy

The 11th edition of “Roche Commissions” awards British composer Thomas Adès for a work that will be premiered at Lucerne Festival in Summer 2022. Adès has announced that he will write a violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter. An orchestral work has been commissioned every two years from an internationally renowned figure as part of the “Roche Commissions” series since 2003. The selection of each composer is regularly made by Roche at the suggestion of Lucerne Festival’s artistic directorship. Thomas Adès is the latest name on a list that includes Rebecca Saunders, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Chen Yi, Hanspeter Kyburz, George Benjamin, Toshio Hosokawa, Matthias Pintscher, Unsuk Chin, Olga Neuwirth, and Peter Eötvös.

In parallel, the “Roche Young Commissions” which are traditionally given to two talented young composers, have also been announced. Hovik Sardaryan and David Moliner have been selected to develop and rehearse their new works in collaboration with the Lucerne Festival’s Academy Artistic Director, Wolfgang Rihm, and musicians from the Academy Network. They will unveil their works at the world premiere during the 2023 Summer Festival.

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