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impuls . 12th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music | 2021


Due to the ongoing COVID-19-pandemic, impuls needs to move its Academy (and also its Festival) into August 2021 in total.

Thus both the original date (17.2.-1.3.2021) and also the division into two periods is abandoned now.





Graz, August 16th - 28th, 2021

(16.8.: arrival day, check-in Academy, start of Festival - 28.8.: day of departure)


at KUG . University of Music and Performing Arts as main location

and other places in town - such as Forum Stadtpark and Helmut List Halle - in Graz | Austria




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international team of tutors | participants from all over the world | composition classes | chamber music and ensemble coaching | various special programs | electronics | lectures and other discourse programs | working platforms and presentations …



The impuls Academy 2021 is welcoming composers and - for the first time exclusively - already existing ensembles and chamber music formations as participants this year.

Furthermore impuls also calls sound and multimedia artists, performers, individual musicians, actors, dancers, instrument designers to participate in some Special Programs, that explicitly follow interdisciplinary topics and approaches.



The impuls Academy is closely interlinked with the impuls Festival, which will see its 7th edition in 2021.






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Founded by Beat Furrer and Ernst Kovacic impuls, the International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music and Association for the Communication of Contemporary Music has developed into one of the internationally leading institutions in this field within shortly. Chamber music and ensemble coaching, composition classes and various special programs, reading sessions amongst others with Klangforum Wien, various calls for scores, electronic workshops …: Every second year the impuls Academy offers young musicians and composers – from Austria, but also from all over the world – an intense training and holistic approach to contemporary music, both in a theoretical and practical way. For 12 days impuls hereby builds an important platform for joint working, mutual learning and international exchange in Graz, Styria. An international team of renowned musicians and composers as lecturers guarantees highest quality and builds the basis for excellently educated, highly motivated and internationally interlinked young musicians and composers as competent and authentic messengers of contemporary music.