Sept 4, 2016


International Masterclass for Young Composers

Every two years since 2003, the public foundation and residency program Akademie Schloss Solitude hosts a summer master class for young composers.

This Summer Academy seeks to fill a gap in the education of young composers, as master classes for composers are a rarity in the European New Music scene. In contrast to a long-term course of composition study with an individual instructor, the Summer Academy enables participants to contextualize their work and compositional thought within a stimulating, probing and interdisciplinary environment, and to exchange ideas among themselves, with the teachers and with the artists present at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The exchange between fellows of the regular artist-in-residence program and participants of the Summer Academy for Young Composers is explicitly intended and welcome.

This master class concerns itself with musical composition through critical, individuated thinking. Discussions concentrating on the students‘ compositions and compositional thought will be the primary focus of the Summer Academy, which also includes private lessons and group sessions. Furthermore, presentations by artists from other disciplines will be offered. The Freiburg-based Ensemble SurPlus will be in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude toward the end of the master class to prepare and perform two concerts of the participants‘ compositions.

The eigth Summer Academy will take place from August 4 to 21, 2017.
Sixteen composers at various stages in their work will be chosen to participate. 

The Summer Academy 2017 will be held under the direction of Chaya Czernowin together with the guest instructors Johannes Schöllhorn and Samir Odeh-Tamimi.

Instructors: Chaya Czernowin, Johannes Schöllhorn and Samir Odeh-Tamimi

Chaya Czernowin is the permanent faculty for the Summer Academy master class to give consistency in methodology and content. Additional instructors – different for every master class – will join her for a diversified exchange between teachers and students. For the master class 2013 they were joined by Dániel Péter Biró and in 2015 she was  supported by Rebecca Saunders and Ming Tsao. 


Applicaton deadline: November 4, 2016

Applicants will be able to apply online at

Akademie Schloss Solitude
Solitude 3
70197 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 (0) 711 99 61 94 74  Fax +49 (0) 711 99 61 95 0

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