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


Please note that, due to the ongoing COVID-19-pandemic, the impuls Academy needed to be moved into August 2021 in total. All places for Composers are taken. It is quite unlikely that we can still enlarge the program this year or that places might open up still. However if interested to join in August 2021, please feel free to still send your application, which we will take into consideration, whenever possible again.


Academy offers for COMPOSERS


For students of composition as well as young professionals, impuls holds various moduls at its Academy, besides being a vivid meeting point for interaction with both young musicians respectively young ensembles as well as chamber music formations and the other young composers on spot.


In addition to daily group lectures, discussions, talks and other forms of discourse programs* as well as Festival concerts and presentations*, each participant is offered a couple of individual lessons with highly renowned composers (in general 3 tutors per participant, unless involved in large special programs, that come along with specific conditions as noted there) and can profit from many top professionals tutoring at the Academy.


Accepted Academy participants are welcome to apply also for the various Special Programs impuls holds (multiple application possible, as many of these programs come with selection – please check conditions and deadlines, and announce your interest to the impuls office, if not done already with your initial Academy registration).

These Special Programs f.e. include intensive Special Workshops such as Performative Music . Body as instrument - instrument as body with François Sarhan or Machine Learning with Artemi-Maria Gioti.

Participants can also submit compositions for the many Calls for Scores and Reading Sessions - such as with Klangforum Wien, Trio Abstrakt (originally: Trio Accanto), Quartetto Maurice (originally: Quatuor Diotima) or Black Page Orchestra and Schallfeld Ensemble, both Ensembles in Residency in 2021, amongst others - leading to feedback-meetings, tryouts, rehearsals and partly also public presentations at the impuls Festival.

In addition also conductors will give valuable feedback on the participants´ scores.

Lectures, demonstrations and meetings for composers are furthermore offered by experienced instrumentalists, sharing information on the possibilities and qualities of their instruments, on specific notation and many other topics of interest; and some of them also open up Calls for Scores with different foci, in order to enhance the interchange in between composer and performer.


Last but not least, depending still of course on the young ensembles and chamber music formations applying for the Academy and their specific profiles and interests, further programs will be developed still, in order to strengthen a lively exchange and co-working-atmosphere and open up possibilities for mutual learning and benefiting from each other.



Please check conditions and procedure of preselection for the various Special Programs here, check the general Conditions for impuls 2021 and proceed to Registration.



In case of further questions, please contact the impuls office at office(at)impuls(dot)cc.




* As both the Festival and discourse programs are still in preparation for 2021, you may want to check last year´s edition, to get a general idea about the scope and nature of the offer.