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 festival 2018 „Festivities. Places.“ („Feste. Orte.“) the masterful British composer Rebecca Saunders will rehearse in collaboration with the tutors of the Ensemble Modern and the conductor Jonathan Stockhammer a selection of remarkable contemporary compositions. These works will be performed at three festival concerts – “Academy in Concert” on September 7 and 9 and part of the exceptional event „Rent a Musician“ on September 2 in which private households, institutions, or companies can book a small concert to be performed on one’s own premises.







KLANGSPUREN SCHWAZ is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. 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, and partnership and actively seeks encounters with locals as well as visitors from abroad. The entire beautiful region of Tyrol unfolds as the festival’s playground, where the most cutting-edge and modern forms of music as well as many young composers and musicians are presented.


On the occasion of its own milestone anniversary – among other anniversaries that KLANGSPUREN SCHWAZ 2018 will be celebrating this year – the 25th edition of the festival has chosen the motto „Festivities. Places.“ (in German: „Feste. Orte.“). The program emphasizes projects and works that focus on aspects of celebrations, festivities, rituals, and events and have a specific reference to place and situation.


KLANGSPUREN INTERNATIONAL ENSEMBLE MODERN ACADEMY is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The 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, Enno Poppe, and most recently in 2017, Sofia Gubaidulina. On both an artistic and personal level this encounter with the grand old dame of new music was one of the greatest highlights in the history of the Academy.


As our Composer in Residence for 2018 we were able to recruit the renowned Rebecca Saunders, who ranks high among the composers of the young and middle-aged generations. Her prominent position is based on her strong, deeply moving sensibility for the subtlest musical gestures, her new and unheard-of timbres, and her ingenuity when it comes to spatializing musical progressions. Her artistic poise paired with her personal devotion and friendly attitude will certainly help her impart an important and lasting impression on the young musicians of the Academy.


Instructed by internationally acclaimed musicians of Ensemble Modern and conductor Jonathan Stockhammer the participants of KLANGSPUREN IEMA will work on and perform a broad contemporary repertoire. Let KLANGSPUREN take your ears and eyes on exciting adventures – we look forward to your applications!


Matthias Osterwold

Artistic Director




29 Aug                   Arrival until 4 p.m.

                              Welcome reception 5 p.m., first rehearsals (compulsory attendance!)

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

29 Aug–09 Sept     Masterclasses

02 Sept                  Rent a Musician – short concerts in private houses

06 Sept                  Attendance KLANGSPUREN FESTIVAL opening concert at

                              SZentrum Silbersaal, Schwaz


07 Sept                  Academy in Concert I at SZentrum Knappensaal, Schwaz

09 Sept                  Academy in Concert II, matinée (11 a.m.) at Vier und Einzig, Innsbruck

09 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 29 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.



€ 375 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. (Find the detailed festival program here: www.klangspuren.at).


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 „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 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 15th 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 renowed composer Rebecca Saunders, musicians of the next generation can be sure that these masterclasses will be very intense and constitute a real challenge.




Jonathan Stockhammer (conducting)

Johannes Schwarz (woodwind section)

William Forman (brass section)

Hermann Kretzschmar (piano)

Rainer Römer (percussion)

Giorgos Panagiotidis (high strings)

Michael Stirling (low strings)





t +43 5242 73582


INTERNATIONAL ENSEMBLE MODERN ACADEMY Frankfurt / Main www.internationale-em-akademie.de



Conducting – flute – oboe – clarinet – bassoon – french horn – trumpet – trombone – piano – percussion – harp – accordion – 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, based on the pieces mentioned below.


Program KLANGSPUREN IEMA 2018 download (pdf)