International Summer Academy for Contemporary Music 2019

Tutti insieme / All together - for New Music!

(C) Divertimento Ensemble
(C) Divertimento Ensemble

This year's ISACM takes place from August 24th to 31st in cooperation with our partner from the ULYSSES-Network, the Divertimento Ensemble from Milano (IT). Again, a group of young musicians, conductors and composers from Hamburg and abroad come together with selected ULYSSES-performers and -composers to engage in a week of intensive rehearsals at the HfMT under the tutoring from the Ensemble in residence.

(C) Divertimento Ensemble
(C) Divertimento Ensemble

Apart from Sandro Gorli (right), the artistic director and conductor of the Divertimento Ensemble, the Cellist Martina Rudic and the pianist Maria Grazia Bellocchio will be present at the Academy.


The musical program of this year's ISACM has a strong focus on Italian composers - also due to the cooperation with our partner from Milano, the Divertimento Ensemble. The program includes Franko Donatonis „Arpège“, as well as excerpts of Luciano Berio's wonderful „Folk Songs“ and a composition by the ULYSSES-composer Giulia LoRusso.

(c) privat
(c) privat

Apart from that the ISACM's final concert on August 30th will include the world premiere of „dû à l'usure“, a new composition by the Greek composer Stylianos Dimou, as well as the new work

„owow“ by Gitbi Kwon (left), who is currently studying at the HfMT. Another world premiere will be the performance of "Canzone stracciati“ a composition by Prof. Fredrik Schwenk, who will also conduct a Master class for the present composers. Francesco Cagnasso, who is also currently a student at HfMT will assist Sandro Gorli - himself once a pupil of Franko Donatoni -  within the ISACM.

In the course of the Academy, the young musicians will not only rehearse with the Ensemble in residence and present composer, but will also have the chance to take part in an improvisation class, which will be conducted by percussionist and composer Michael Kiedaisch from Freiburg. Besides the musical and artistic program the ISACM 2019 also includes classes in career coaching and self-presentation.


The final concert takes place on August 30th 2019, at 7:30pm at the Schnittke Akademie in Hamburg.

Méditerranée - a successful musical journey with the ISACM 2018

After one week of intensive rehearsals the participants of the International Summer Academy for Contemporary Music presented an exciting and diversified final concert on August 31st at the Resonanzraum of the Ensemble Resonanz. Apart from works by Ivan Fedele, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon Kampe und Fausto Romitelli also three new works were being performed: two commissions by Xiao Fu and Adrien Trybucki and one rework of an already existing piece by the ULYSSES-journey composer Josephine Stephenson.

(c) Stephan Pflug
(c) Stephan Pflug

The participants of the Academy - including musicians of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Frankfurt) and the Masterclass CoPeCo - performed all the compositions, they had been working on during the ISCAM together with the Members of the Ensemble KNM, which was participating as Ensemble in residence in this year's ISACM. The final concert was hosted by the composers and musicians themselves together with the director of the Academy, Prof. Reinhard Flender and its project-manager, Dr. Verena Mogl.

The evening of the final concert, which was dedicated to the topic "Méditerranée", convinced in its remarkable quality of performance and its overall wonderful atmosphere. So the final concert of the ISACM 2018 - a cooperation with the Hamburgian concert series HappyNewEars -  was a great conclusion of the ISACM 2018, which for the first time took place in Hamburg.

We thank all our partners, who made the ISACM 2018 possible in the first place!

International Summer Academy for contemporary music 2018

We're happy to announce that the upcoming International Summer Academy for Contemporary Music will take place in Hamburg from August 25th to September 1st at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg.

(c) Anja Webger
(c) Anja Webger

This year's Academy is a cooperation with our ULYSSES-network partner from Frankfurt, the Internationalen Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA), whose Master-students will take part in our courses. We're also happy to welcoming members of the CoPeCo-Masterclass, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater and other young performers.

As Ensemble in residence members of the renowned Berlin-based Kammerensembles für Neue Musik (picture left) will support the participants of the Academy.

Our musical program is dedicated to the topic "Méditerranée" and includes compositions, that either deal with this topic or that have been composed by artists from the mediterranean area. So the program features Fausto Romitelli's "Mediterraneo II - L'Azur des déserts" and Ivan Fedele's "Breath and Break" as well two commissions, the piece "Ondulació" by Adrien Trybucki (FR) and the multimedia-composition "Am seidenen Faden" by Xiao Fu (CHN/D). The world premiere of these commissions will take place at the final concert of the Academy.

Besides that the program includes works by Gordon Kampe and Hans-Werner Henze, as well as a new composition by the british composer Josephine Stephenson, who joins the Academy on her Ulysses-journey for young composers.


The final concert takes place on August 31st in cooperation with the concert-series "HappyNewEars" at the Resonanzraum of the Hamburgian Ensemble Resonanz. Get your tickets here.

Our ParTners 2018

Successful final concert at the Bregenzer Festspiele

On August 11th this year's final concert of our Summer Academy Opus XXI took place at the Seestudio inside the concert-hall of the Bregenzer Festspiele. At the beginning of the concert this year's Ensemble in Residence L'Instant Donné and the vocalist Donatienne Michel-Dansac performed  "La Nuit en Tête", a composition by the greek composer Georges Aperghis. The ensemble-piece "transience" by the Academy-participant Mioko Yokoyama (Jp) was being perfomed as second piece. Mioko Yokoyama had composed "transience" for this year's Academy and the performance in Bregenz was the premiere. Afterwards,  Martin Grütters "Siebenkreiswerk" was conducted by Simon Edelmann, a student of Ulrich Windfuhr's conductor's class at the HfMT Hamburg. In the second part of the concert the French conductor Aurélien Azan Zielinki conducted two premieres: "where the light never reaches" by Zesses Seglias and "so oder so und so weiter" by Bertrand Plé. Both pieces were commissions of Opus XXI, with Ple´s composition being a partner-commission by the two Ulysses-network-partners, Opus XXI and Ensemble Divertimento (It). The finale of the concert was the perfomance of Miroslav Srnka's piece "Les Adieux". Srnka, who was our Composer in Residence at this year's Academy had already been a participant in 2004. Foto: (c) Bregenzer Festspiele / Anja Köhler

Opus XXI 2017: 02. - 12. August, Musikhochschule, Trossingen

The preparations for our next Summer Academy Opus XXI 2017 are already in full swing! So this year's Academy will take place from August 2nd to 12th at the Musikhochschule Trossingen (Baden-Württemberg), who is also a partner of Opus XXI.


As Composer in Residence Miroslav Srnka (Foto: Vojtěch Havlík) will be present, whose opera "South Pole" has been premiered in January 2016 at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Srnka will take part in the Academy and also support the participants in the rehearsals of his piece "Les Adieux". As a conductor Aurelien Azan Zielinski will be present, the renowned French ensemble L’instant donné will be our Ensemble in Residence and work with the musicians.

Amongst the pieces, that will be rehearsed are Srnka's "Les Adieux", Martin Grütter's "Siebenkreiswerk" and two pieces that have been commissioned. One is the piece "So oder so und so weiter" by the French composer Bertrand Plé, which has been commissioned together with our partner in the Ulysses-network Ensemble Divertimento and with the support of the Ulysses-network. The other composition is the piece "where the light never reaches" by the Greek composer Zesses Seglias. Both pieces will be premiered at the final concert.

Besides the artistic directors, also Donatienne Michel-Dansac (Foto: Jean Radel) will be present at this year's Academy and act as vocal coach. She will also perform the piece "La nuit en tête" von Georges Aperghis together with L'Instant Donné at the final concert.

The final concert takes place on August 11th during the Bregenzer Festspiele. Tickets can be bought here.

Opus XXI concert in Lübeck at the annual OFAj-Meeting

On April 19th a concert with participants of last year's Opus XXI took place in the Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck. The concert was hosted by the OFAJ / deutsch-französische Jugendwerk as a part of their annual meeting. The successful performance not only gave the young musicians the opportunity to once more perform the program they had been working on at Opus XXI in the previous year, but also made it possible for the audience to get a musical insight into the work of our Summeracademy.

The fruitful and long standing collaboration of Opus XXI and the OFAJ manifested itself in this felicitous performance, that also highly appealed to the audience.

Opus XXI invited as a guest of the annual OFaj-Meeting


A group of musicians and vocalists who have taken part in the Summeracademy 2016 of Opus XXI at Spetzgart perform together again during a concert in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein (DE), on April 19th 2017, where they present a selection of works they have been working on the previous summer.



Following pieces are programmed, amongst others:


  • Francois Rossé “Cordes Croisées pour violon at alto” (1989),
  • Wolfgang Rihm “Chiffre IV” (1983-1984),
  • Luc Ferrari “Bonjour, comment ça va? (1972, rev. 1979),
  • Helmut Lachenmann “temA pour flûte, voix et violoncello” (1969) and
  • Luciano Berio “Air pour voix, violon, alto, violoncelle et piano” (1970), conducted by Simon Edelmann

Émilie Girard-Charest cello, Justine Eckhaut piano, Daisy Dugardin clarinette, Marie Perbost soprano, Hector Docx piano, Ken-Wassim Ubukata cello, Johanna Hetzler viola, Maria Gvozdetskaya violin, Alice Szymanski flute.


The concert takes place during the annual meeting of the OFAJ / DFJW, which is a partner of Opus XXI and invited us to host the concert.

22.- 28. August 2016 at spetzgart at the bodensee

who we are

OPUS XXI is a Summer Academy for Contemporary Music, held annually since 2001 at various locations in France and Germany.

what we do

The offer of the Summer Academy Opus XXI is aimed primarily at students and young graduates of German and French universities and conservatories, as well as participants of the CoPeCo universities. The Academy provides a scholarship for max. 10 days for up to 20 young performers and a maximum of 8 CoPeCo graduates .


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