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 2019 Risse/Fissures the masterful Alsatian composer Mark Andre will rehearse a selection of remarkable contemporary compositions in collaboration with the tutors of Ensemble Modern and the conductor Rupert Huber. These works will be performed during the Festival (more details below). In addition to the regular masterclasses, the academy offers for the first time a facultative improvisation-course with e-harpist Zeena Parkins. Please indicate on the application form if you are interested in participating in improvisation.


The application deadline has expired. Applicants will be informed by the end of May.


Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Folder 2019 download (pdf)


The Tyrolean festival Klangspuren Schwaz has been held annually for over 25 years. This is all the more remarkable because offering contemporary music to a wide audience is not something you can take for granted in a rural area. With annually changing festival mottos and an impressive roster of Composers in Residence, including György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, and most recently Sofia Gubaidulina and Rebecca Saunders, Klangspuren Schwaz attracts not only a local Tyrolean audience but also many international visitors. In 2019 the motto will be Risse/Fissures, a theme chosen in response to the processes of social erosion, which seriously jeopardize world peace and are evident not only in Europe but also all over the world.


In 2019 the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) at Klangspuren Schwaz is quite lucky because Mark Andre ist Composer in Residence, and the Alsatian composer will be present during the entire master course to rehearse his works with the students under the conductor Rupert Huber. Founded sixteen years ago, the IEMA master course has since then grown into one of the main projects of both Klangspuren Schwaz and Ensemble Modern. During this course the members of the Frankfurt-based Ensemble Modern work closely with the students.


In 2019 a new improvisaton class will be added: taught by American harpist and pianist Zeena Parkins as Improviser in Residence. The improvisational handling of contemporary musical material opens the door to new approaches to interpreting today’s compositions. Lectures on music aesthetics and musicological topics in contemporary music will add a theoretical dimension to this course.


But the biggest change of all at IEMA master course at Klangspuren Schwaz in 2019 is its move to Innsbruck’s new Haus der Musik, where, among others, the Department of Music Education of the Mozarteum in Innsbruck and the State Conservatory of Tyrol are located. Thanks to the collegiality of these two institutions, which open their rooms for rehearsals, the course now has an ideal work-space at the Haus der Musik. Yet, three of the five final concerts will take place in Schwaz, where it all began.

Reinhard Kager

Artistic Director



Hotel Karwendel, Höttinger Au 84a, 6020 Innsbruck,



Haus der Musik, Universitätsstr. 1, 6020 Innsbruck,



The responsibility for arriving in time on August 28 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.



€ 400 (includes: bed & breakfast, participation fees, transfers and meals on concert days. A cancellation fee of € 150 is levied up to six weeks before the start of the course, the full fee has to paid if the participant fails to deregister.



Academy participants receive free admission to all festival concerts. Each participant is entitled to two free tickets. (The detailed festival program published in June 2019


For the first time, the International Ensemble Modern Academy at Klangspuren is offering an additional improvisation class as a new format. It is being taught by the multi-faceted artist Zeena Parkins, who will herself be playing the electric harp. Students can work on improvisations, which will be performed at the improvisation class‘s own public performance.

All Academy participants will also play the ensemble pieces as well as some chamber music pieces at the closing concert. Initially open to everyone interested in improvisation, the new additional offer in the curriculum will run parallel to rehearsals for a commentated concert during the second half of IEMA. The groups from both courses will come together to rehearse for the joint closing concert which showcases ensemble pieces conducted by Rupert Huber.


Zeena Parkins: 

„The vocabulary is fluid, constantly replenishing itself. – Musicians of any instrument including voice and electronics are welcome in this workshop that will focus on various aspects of improvisation. We will form, shape, develop and transmit musical materials with a practice that deepens our attention, expression and listening capabilities. In particular we will look at experimental scoring in relation to improvisation as a means to generate a site for spontaneous composition, communication, sonic research and kinesthetic interventions and investigations.“


28 Aug                   Arrival until 4 p.m. Official opening Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern                                  Academy 5 p.m. at Haus der Musik, Innsbruck (Universitätsstr. 1,

                                 6020 Innsbruck); start of rehearsals (compulsory attendance!)

29-31 Aug             Masterclasses at Haus der Musik, lectures and round tables

1 Sept                    Rent a Musician – short concerts in private houses (afternoon)

                                 Promenade concert at the Franciscan Abbey in Schwaz in cooperation with

                                 “Serenadenkonzerte Schwaz” (8 p.m.)

2-6 Sept                  Masterclasses at Haus der Musik, lectures and round tables

5 Sept                     Pre-Opening: Gesprächskonzert (concert and talk) with Mark Andre at

                                  Museum der Völker, St. Martin 16, 6130 Schwaz (8 p.m.)

                                  Improvisers‘ concert with Zeena Parkins, venue TBA (10 p.m.)   

6 Sept                     Klangspuren Festival opening concert at SZentrum Schwaz, Silbersaal,

                                  Andreas-Hofer-Str. 10, 6130 Schwaz, (7.30 p.m., compulsory attendance!)

7 Sept                     Wandelkonzert at Haus der Musik, Innsbruck (4 p.m.)

8 Sept                     Academy in Concert at Haus der Musik, Innsbruck (8 p.m.)

9 Sept                     End of Academy and departure


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, 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 more than 230 graduates have been able to take advantage of this study programme, which is unique throughout the world.


For the 16th 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 renowed composer Mark Andre and Zeena Parkins as Artists in Residence, musicians of the next generation can be sure that these masterclasses will be very intense and constitute a real challenge.


Rupert Huber (conducting)

Johannes Schwarz (woodwind section)

TBA (brass section)

TBA (piano)

Rainer Römer (percussion)

Jagdish Mistry (high strings)

Michael M. Kasper (low strings)




t +43 5242 73582





Conducting / flute – oboe – clarinet – bassoon – 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, based on the pieces mentioned below.


Program KLANGSPUREN IEMA 2019 download (pdf)