The call for applications is aimed at young musicians from all over the world who are close to finishing their studies and who are interested in taking on the special challenges of twentieth and twenty-first century music. In accordance with the main theme of the KLANGSPUREN FESTIVAL 2017 „Any Questions?“ – „Noch Fragen?“ the masterful Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina will rehearse in collaboration with the tutors of the Ensemble Modern and the conductor Franck Ollu a selection of remarkable contemporary compositions. These works will be performed at three festival concerts – „Academy in Concert“ on September 8 and 10 and on September 3, 2017 as part of the exceptional event „Rent a Musician“ in which private households, institutions, or companies can book a small concert to be performed on one's own premises.




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Acceptance will be announced in the Middle of June; all applicants will be informed via e-mail. A detailed timetable and the list of participants will be published by the end of June. All participants will be provided access to the KLANGSPUREN INTERNATIONAL ENSEMBLE MODERN ACADEMY online platform, where further information and scores will be made available for download.








30 Aug                   Arrival until 4 p.m. 5 p.m. Welcome reception, first rehearsals

                              (compulsory attendance!)

                              (at SZentrum Schwaz, Knappensaal, Andreas Hofer Str. 10, 6130 Schwaz)

30 Aug–09 Sept     Masterclasses

03 Sept                  Rent a Musician – short concerts in private houses

07 Sept                  Attendance KLANGSPUREN FESTIVAL opening concert at

                              SZentrum Silbersaal, Schwaz


08 Sept                  Academy in Concert I at SZentrum Knappensaal, Schwaz

10 Sept                  Academy in Concert II at Vier und Einzig, Innsbruck

10 Sept                  After final matinée concert: end of academy and departure



Hotel-Gasthof Goldener Löwe, Husslstraße 4, 6130 Schwaz



Music School Schwaz, Lahnbachgasse 2, 6130 Schwaz

Knappensaal at SZentrum, Andreas-Hofer-Str. 10, 6130 Schwaz



The responsibility for arriving in time on August 30 and for arranging departure lies solely with the participant. More information and travel tips for arrangements will be made available to accepted participants on the KLANGSPUREN International Ensemble Modern Academy online platform.



€ 350 for full board, travel expenses not included. A cancellation fee of € 150 is levied up to one month before the start of the course, the full fee has to be paid if the participant fails to deregister.



Academy participants receive free admission to all festival concerts. Each participant is entitled to two free tickets.


Conducting – flute – oboe – clarinet – bassoon – french horn – trumpet – trombone – piano – percussion – harp – violin – viola – violoncello – double bass


The final program of the KLANGSPUREN IEMA and the academy concerts will be scheduled after the applications have been sighted, on the basis of the pieces mentioned below.

Program KLANGSPUREN IEMA 2017 download (pdf)


Franck Ollu (conducting)

Johannes Schwarz (woodwind section)

Valentin Garvie (brass section)

Ueli Wiget (piano)

Rainer Römer (percussion)

Jagdish Mistry (string section)




Founded in 1993, KLANGSPUREN SCHWAZ – the annual Tyrolean festival of contemporary music – provides a stage for performances, encounters, and for the exploration and exchange of new musical ideas. With a different thematic focus each year, KLANGSPUREN aims to present a survey of the fascinating, diverse panorama that the music of our time boasts. KLANGSPUREN values open discourse, participation, partnership and actively seeks encounters with locals as well as visitors from abroad. The entire beautiful region of Tirol provides the festival’s playground. Here, the most cutting-edge and modern forms of music as well as many young composers and musicians are presented.


Under the tongue-in-cheek motto „Any Questions?“ – „Noch Fragen?“ this year’s festival program shifts the coordinates of common gender asymmetry in the world of contemporary music. In doing so, the music of women quite naturally comes to the fore. The works of female composers and performers become experienceable in their originality, quality, and importance, without neglecting music written by men – it is a question of emphasis.


KLANGSPUREN INTERNATIONAL ENSEMBLE MODERN ACADEMY is an offshoot of the renowned International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) in Frankfurt and was founded in the same year as IEMA, in 2003. The academy is central to KLANGSPUREN and has developed into one of the most successful projects of the Tyrolean festival for new music. The high standards of the academy are vouched for by prominent figures who have acted as Composers in Residence: György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Benedict Mason, Michael Gielen, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Matalon, Johannes Maria Staud, Heinz Holliger, George Benjamin, Unsuk Chin, Hans Zender, Hans Abrahamsen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Beat Furrer and Enno Poppe.


In 2017, in accordance with the main theme of the festival, Sofia Gubaidulina – the grand old dame of new music – has been invited to be the Composer in Residence of the Academy and the Festival. The 85-yearold Russian-Tatar composer is perhaps the most important female composer alive today. Her music is performed with great success by the most renowned orchestras, ensembles, and soloists in the world. It seems all the more rewarding when she puts her works in the hands of young musicians and coaches their interpretations.


Instructed by internationally acclaimed musicians of Ensemble Modern and conductor Franck Ollu the participants of KLANGSPUREN IEMA will work on and perform a wide range of contemporary repertoire.


Our special thanks for supporting the KLANGSPUREN INTERNATIONAL ENSEMBLE MODERN ACADEMY go to the Innsbruck Tourism, the City of Schwaz and Silberregion Karwendel Tourism.


Let KLANGSPUREN take your ears and eyes on exciting adventures – we look forward to your applications!


Matthias Osterwold

Artistic Director


The International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) was founded in 2003 as Ensemble Modern’s training centre, pursuing the goals of educating musicians and audiences about contemporary repertoire and identifying new forms of artistic and creative work today.


Thanks to funding from Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia), GVL, German Federal Cultural Foundation, Allianz Cultural Foundation and changing partners and sponsors, the IEMA is able to offer a broad range of training projects. The education and further education formats developed with various partners have very different target groups. Through regular projects in Frankfurt’s schools („CultureDayYear“), intensive courses as part of the excellence programme „Jugend musiziert“ and offers for professional musicians via international master courses, IEMA pursues its mission, passing on to coming generations the knowledge and broad range of experience Ensemble Modern has gathered over many years. Furthermore, it is the only institution to present the International Composition Seminar for composers and conductors. The main focus, however, is on the one-year Master’s programme, offered in cooperation with the Frankfurt am Main Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, where instrumentalists, conductors, sound directors and composers work with members of Ensemble Modern and renowned composer and conductor personalities on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. The results of this work are presented by the IEMA Ensemble of the current year in 30 concerts per year, performed in Germany and abroad. Thus far, 200 graduates have been able to take advantage of this study programme, which is unique throughout the world.


The work of IEMA is documented on DVDs like exotica, a comprehensive guide to an understanding of Mauricio Kagel’s complex work Exotica for non-European instruments, as well as on the CDs Euclidian Abyss and they are – The Composition Seminar – all published by Ensemble Modern Media. For the 14th time the International Ensemble Modern Academy offers master classes at the annual festival KLANGSPUREN in Austria. With members of the Ensemble Modern as tutors and renowned composers as Composer in Residence, musicians of the next generation can be sure that these masterclasses will be very intense and constitute a real challenge.


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