Roche Young Commissions

Call for applications


Submission period

Thu Nov 22, 2018 at 5 AM UTC

End of submission period

Mon Feb 11 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Fri Mar 15 at 5 PM UTC
One guiding principle of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is to foster the relationship among performers, conductors, and composers in order to enhance the performance of 20th- and 21st-century music.

Wolfgang Rihm Artistic Director
Pierre Boulez † Honorary President


August 2019 - September 2021

August/September 2019: LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: Wolfgang Rihm interview. Acknowledgement of the commissions and introductory interaction between Roche and the two selected composers in Basel
Arrival Day: Saturday, 31 August
Departure Day: Monday/Tuesday, 2/3 September

August/September 2020: LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: First readings of each work-in-progress by the orchestra
August/September 2021: LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: Premiere of the two new works in Lucerne.

The Roche Young Commissions programme is a unique collaboration between Roche, LUCERNE FESTIVAL and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Since 2003, Roche has worked with its partners to award regular commissions for new musical works by some of the world’s most important contemporary composers. A further expression of the partnership between Roche and LUCERNE FESTIVAL is the Roche Young Commissions. Every two years, alternating with the ongoing Roche Commissions programme, two young composers will be selected and commissioned to write orchestral works. Working closely with two young conductors, the Roche Young Commissions awardees will have two years to complete their compositions, which will premiere at the Lucerne Festival.

Artistic Director Wolfgang Rihm will consult with the young composers in an advisory capacity at various stages of their work. At the end of the project’s first year and as part of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY 2020, fragments or sections of each new work will be studied and rehearsed with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. These rehearsals will give the composers a unique opportunity to try out different orchestrations and compositional variants with the Academy’s orchestra. The two new works will then be premiered during the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY 2021.

Beyond the actual awarding of a commission, Roche embraces the interaction by scientists with the composers and their music.

Details of the application process are available at: