Lucerne Festival

In 1938 the Lucerne Festival began its unique musical tradition. Today, its events are ranked among the leading international music offerings, along with those of Bayreuth and Salzburg, and attract an audience of more than 120 000 annually.

Swiss Re has sponsored the Lucerne Festival each summer since 1997.

The spectacular Lucerne concert hall, built by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 1998, is the central venue. A festival highlight are the performances staged by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, founded in 2003 by Claudio Abado and Michael Haefliger, and which unites musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with the world’s leading soloists and chamber musicians.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Lucerne Festival and the 150th anniversary of Swiss Re in 2013, we joined forces with the festival and its academy to compose four pieces of music to be performed at our anniversary events that took place in 2013 and 2014 in Zurich, London, New York and Beijing. This project  'Music at Risk – across Generations' was an opportunity to promote the creation of innovative music, for which the festival has become renowned, on the theme of risk that forms the core of Swiss Re's interest and expertise.

Starting in spring 2016, Swiss Re will become a partner of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI.


They are young, versatile, eager to experiment, and influencing the music world of today and tomorrow: Since 2003 more than 1 000 musicians have taken part in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, among them such current stars as the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and the American JACK Quartet. And the majority of them remain closely associated with the Festival.

Selected former Academy students regularly return to Lucerne as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI and enrich the Festival with performances, not only in the regular concert programmes but also in the Lounge and 40min series. Above all, they keep in contact with each other – through the support of LUCERNE FESTIVAL's alumni platform – so as to develop and implement projects of their own together all around the world. In this way, a unique international network of young musicians has been created, which – through the help of LUCERNE FESTIVAL – outsiders can also approach. LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI show the ongoing impact of the Festival's support of the new generation, particularly as former participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY offer help and advice to current Academy students.

For their first international project, an ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI will perform the concert series Ligeti Forward from 3 - 5 June 2016. This will take place during the NY Phil Biennial at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as part of "Met Museum Presents", under the direction of New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert.

During the 2016 LUCERNE FESTIVAL IN SUMMER, an Alumni ensemble will give four concerts featuring world premieres of works originating from a composition competition to be held by the Swiss Association of Musicians.

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