The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) can be heard outside Lucerne as well. Following the performances at the Summer Festival, the LFCO regularly go on tour.
Guest appearances in recent years have taken the Lucerne Festival Academy to Paris; New York; Mito, Japan; Essen; Cologne; the Philharmonie in Berlin; and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, among other venues. Together with Pierre Boulez, the soprano Barbara Hannigan, and members of the Ensemble intercontemporain, selected Academy students undertook a European tour in the fall of 2011, with stops in Turin, Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, and London. Most recently, in September 2018, the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy performed Stockhausen's Inori in Paris and Berlin under the direction of Peter Eötvös and presented works by Bella, Eötvös, Kurtág, and Zimmermann at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.
In 2021, the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) and the musicians of its academy will be in Berlin for a guest performance. At the Musikfest Berlin, they will perform Rebecca Saunders to an utterance for the first time in Germany.
Rebecca Saunders and Anton Webern – one of the most interesting sound artists of our time meets this Modernist classic and its precise minimalism. The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov focuses on this auspicious combination at the Musikfest Berlin.
The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) has a guest performance at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in autumn 2021. Under the direction of Baldur Brönnimann, the LFCO will perform Pierre Boulez's Polyphony X, among other pieces.