Opus XXI is a Summer Academy for contemporary music, which takes at different locations every year.
Since 2001, the Summer Academy Opus XXI has provided an open space for young qualified postgraduate students, where they can immerse themselves in contemporary music, ensemble repertoire and
fundamentals of improvisation.
A group of postgraduate composers and instrumentalists get together with a distinguished «composer
in residence» and an experienced «ensemble for New Music» for an intensive work experience. In daily workshops for instrumentalists they rehearse new pieces and work with improvisation. Composers
explore how to perform and conduct their own pieces with the «ensemble in residence». These practical workshops are complemented by lectures on contemporary music aesthetics, a master class in
composition. and career training.
Opus XXI provides an opportunity for international instrumentalists and composers to experience
contemporary music in a truly personal and inspiring atmosphere that facilitates experimentation and improvisation. At the end of the Summer Academy, the workshop results are presented in a final
Opus XXI is a partner in the
ULYSSES network project. It supports and promotes young European artists andencourages their mobility by
providing them with the opportunity to live their passion in the best European venues dedicated to New Music.