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The application deadline has expired!

As this call for applications is being written, the COVID-19 situation still looks dismal, but the new vaccines give us good reason not to give up hope. The Frankfurt-based Ensemble Modern and Klangspuren Schwaz have therefore decided to conduct the annual summer academy in 2021, albeit under somewhat restricted conditions.

We are happy to welcome Adriana Hölszky as the Composer in Residence and Frank Gratkowski as the Improviser in Residence to this year’s Master Class led by Ensemble Modern (02 September to 13 September 2021). The IEMA is part of Klangspuren Schwaz – Tyrolean Festival of New Music, which will take place under the motto TRANSITIONS from 10 September to 26 September 2021.


This year, the Academy’s closing concert will focus on a single work of about one hour‘s duration: Tragödia – Der unsichtbare Raum by Adriana Hölszky, conducted by Johannes Kalitzke. In keeping with this, the course will have a twofold emphasis: While one group will work predominantly (but not exclusively!) on Tragödia, the other group will rehearse chamber music repertoire and conducted literature for smaller ensembles. Furthermore, all participants are expected to also take part in the improvisation course. ALL material covered in the courses will be performed at four public concerts! The allocation of the course participants and the assignment of works will be determined by the Ensemble Modern jury once all applications have been submitted.

The International Ensemble Modern Academy at Klangspuren 2021 is again offering an improvisation class. It is being taught by the Berlin-based clarinettist and saxophonist Frank Gratkowski, who has extensive experience in different ways of improvising. This new additional offer in the curriculum is open to all course participants. The results of the rehearsals will be performed both in the improvisation class’s own public concert and also in the so-called Wandelkonzert.
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The application deadline has expired!

The call for applications is aimed at young musicians of all nations 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 festival Klangspuren ’21 Transitions, the masterful Romanian-German composer Adriana Hölszky will rehearse a selection of remarkable contemporary compositions, among them her ,instrumental musical theatre‘ Tragödia, in collaboration with the tutors of the Ensemble Modern and the conductor Johannes Kalitzke. These works will be performed in four concerts during the festival. In addition to the regular master classes the academy offers an improvisation course with German clarinettist and saxophonist Frank Gratkowski.

Acceptance will be announced in mid-June; all applicants will be informed by e-mail. It is to be expected that at the time of the announcement of the course participants the current entry and quarantine regulations according to official and country-specific guidelines will still be valid and will therefore need to be taken into account in the decision of course participation.
A detailed timetable and the list of participants will be published at 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.



Hotel Karwendel, Höttinger Au 84a, 6020 Innsbruck,

Haus der Musik, Universitätsstraße 1, 6020 Innsbruck,

The responsibility for arriving on time on 2 September and for arranging departure lies solely with the participant. Due to the corona pandemic IEMA participants are obliged to comply with all legal statutory regulations and requirements on their own and to inform themselves especially about travel conditions and quarantine obligations that cannot be covered by the organizers. Furthermore, all participants must observe any additional requirements and corona prevention concepts at the venues, especially at Haus der Musik Innsbruck. More information and travel tips for arrangements will be made available to accepted participants on the Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy online platform.

€ 420 (including: bed & breakfast, participation fees, transfers and meals on concert days). Should the IEMA have to be cancelled by the end of August due to the pandemic, any Academy fees already paid will be refunded to participants.

Academy participants receive free admission to all festival concerts, except the opening concert, if it is sold out. (In June you will find the detailed festival programme here:


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


Instrumental musical theater, chamber & ensemble music
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Johannes Kalitzke (conducting), Johannes Schwarz (woodwind section), Uwe Dierksen (brass section), Hermann Kretzschmar (piano), Rumi Ogawa (percussion), Megumi Kasakawa (high strings), Michael Maria Kasper (low strings)


Due to the pandemic, the selection of candidates in May will probably also have to be determined by the current corona situation. In addition, all participants of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) at the Klangspuren festival are expected to comply strictly with the safety measures in force, as in the last year. The course from 2 to 13 September 2021 will again take place in the excellent facilities of the Mozarteum University‘s Department of Music Education and The State Conservatory of Tyrol at the Haus der Musik Innsbruck, at the end of which the program rehearsed with the expert instructors from Ensemble Modern will be presented publicly at four concerts in Schwaz and Innsbruck.

For years, one of Klangspuren’s central projects, the summer course offered by the Ensemble Modern has blended seamlessly into a whole series of music education projects of the Tyrolean festival. With annually changing programmatic themes and a notable roster of Composers in Residence – among them György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Rebecca Saunders, and Mark Andre – Klangspuren attracts not only the local Tyrolean population, but also a great many international concert-goers.

What makes the IEMA ’21 even more attractive is a special project that this year ventures into the sphere of musical theatre. Tragödia – Der unsichtbare Raum (Tragedy: The Invisible Room) by the prominent Stuttgart-based composer Adriana Hölszky is a roughly 60-minute-long, multi-genre-spanning, so-called ,instrumental musical theatre‘, which manages, without the use of vocals and actors, to develop dramatic components through the power of music and spatial electronics alone. In addition, like every year, participants will also rehearse contemporary chamber music – including many pieces by young female composers – with the active support of Klangspuren’s Composer in Residence Adriana Hölszky, who will be present for the entire duration of the course, as well as Johannes Kalitzke, who will also be conducting the performance of Tragödia.

As in 2019, we will again be offering an improvisation workshop, which is open to all participants. With the Berlin-based saxophonist and clarinettist Frank Gratkowski, IEMA has again recruited as its Improviser in Residence an artist who brings with him tremendous teaching experience and is as internationally distinguished as his predecessor Zeena Parkins. Despite the pandemic, in 2021 IEMA at Klangspuren once again promises to shine as brightly as in the past.

Reinhard Kager
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, Crespo 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, intensive courses as part of the excellence programme epoche_f 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.

The main focus, however, is on the one-year master’s programme, offered in cooperation with the Frankfurt University of Music and 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 20 concerts per year, performed in Germany and abroad. Thus, almost 250 graduates have been able to take advantage of this study programme, which is unique throughout the world. As partner of the Ulysses Network, the IEMA is able to offer international cooperation projects to the students.

For the 18th time the International Ensemble Modern Academy offers master classes at the annual festival Klangspuren in Tyrol. With members of the Ensemble Modern as tutors and the renowned composer Adriana Hölszky and clarinettist/saxophonist Frank Gratkowski as Artists in Residence, musicians of the next generation can be sure that these master classes will be very intense and constitute a real challenge.


With support of:

Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Stadt Schwaz, Stadt Innsbruck, Innsbruck Tourismus und Tourismusverband Silberregion Karwendel


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