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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, including also all offers for ensembles + chamber music formations (and of course the impuls Festival alike), needed to be moved into August 2021 in total. All places are taken already and it is most unlikely, that we can still enlarge the program for ensembles. However if interested, please feel free to get in touch with us.




Unlike former impuls editions, that held instrumental classes for individual musicians and formed ensembles only on spot, the impuls Academy 2021 is welcoming exclusively already existing young ensembles and chamber music formations as participants.


Meeting their individual interests, profiles and needs, impuls provides coaches such as conductor Bas Wiegers and Lucas Vis (originally: Peter Rundel), members of formations such as Quartetto Maurice (originally: Quatuor Diotima) and individual musicians like Uli Fussenegger. Furthermore two Ensembles in Residency, Black Page Orchestra and Schallfeld, are open for exchange and support as well.


The young ensembles + chamber music formations are asked to suggest and bring along literature themselves, they want to work on, refine and get professional support for during impuls, but they are also asked to make use of the rare possibility to work with the renowned composition tutors on a selection of pieces on spot.


Another important aspect of the Academy´s offer has always been to interconnect composer and performer. Thus also the cooperation in between the young ensembles + chamber music formations and the many international young composer participants is encouraged by programs, organised by impuls in close coordination with the ensembles + chamber music formations (be it through calls for scores, sketches to be developed together during impuls, first meetings for further cooperation, etc.).


Like composer participants, also the young ensembles + chamber music formations are welcome to take advantage of the many discourse programs* impuls holds (from daily group lectures to discussions, talks etc.) and enjoy the impuls Festival program*.


And furthermore, they will find slots within the Festival to present themselves as well, be it with repertoire or pieces developed during impuls – as ensemble respectively chamber music formation, and, if desired, also as soloist.


Last but not least the Academy will function as vivid meeting point and platform for interaction, exchange, knowledge-transfer, and networking.



Please check general Conditions for impuls 2021 and proceed with Registration if interested.



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




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