Practice and experience are components of conducting. But how should young conductors practice? Unlike a violinist or trumpet player, they do not always have their “instrument,” the orchestra, at hand. This is precisely why the Lucerne Festival Academy offers a broad-based Conducting Fellowship every summer. Three to four fellows attend during the entire three-week Academy. They follow daily rehearsal work, have an opportunity to exchange ideas with the assistant conductors and invited artists – conductors, soloists, and composers – and, in Wolfgang Rihm's Composer Seminar, support the Academy participants in rehearsing their new works. Part of the Conducting Fellowship also involves a master class in conducting that is held in public.

Participants 2021

Rita Castro Blanco (PT) | Noah Max (GB) | Jack Sheen (GB) | Swann Van Rechem (FR)

Participants 2018

Jaehyuck Choi (KR) | Edo Frenkel (FR) | Nicolas Kuhn (DE)

Participants 2017

Johanna Malangré (DE) | Xizi Wang (AT) | Lougraida Mehdi (FR) | Josep Planells (DE) | Blazej Wincenty Kozlowski (PL)

Participants 2016

Nicolás Agulló (FR) | Anna Rakitina (RU) | James Ham (GB) | Petr Popelka (CZ)