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Competitions are an ideal venue for students at the Lucerne School of Music to develop a distinct artistic profile.
The following competitions and prizes are specifically for music students:
In the framework of its annual competition, the Foundation for the Promotion of Musical Talent awards up to five excellence grants of CHF 12,000 or less each to students in the Classical or Jazz profiles. Learn more about it on the website of the Foundation for the Promotion of Musical Talent at the Lucerne School of Music.
Starting in the 2022/23 study year, the Hella Siegrist grant competition will also include a prize for excellence in piano pedagogy (Classical and Jazz profiles). Students with top grades in the pedagogy examination are eligible to enter the competition.
In collaboration with the Edwin Fischer Foundation, the Lucerne School of Music and the Foundation for the Promotion of Musical Talent jointly organise a competition in memory of Edwin Fischer (1886–1960). It is hosted annually and open to students in the Classical profile. The organisers call for entries in a different instrumental and chamber music category every year. The maximum sum awarded is CHF 8,000.
In 2009, the former supporting association of the Academy for School and Church Music awarded its initial Alois Koch Prize in recognition of Professor Dr Alois Koch’s work. He is the long-standing former Director of the Academy for School and Church Music and former Dean of the Lucerne School of Music. The association disbanded and its assets were transferred to the Foundation for the Promotion of Musical Talent, which has been awarding the prize since the 2019 study year. Each year, current organ students are being notified of the competition via email.
The Lucerne School of Music International Jazz Piano Competition offers a chance to young jazz pianists from around the world to show their skills in front of an audience at the Langnau Jazz Nights festival. Piano students enrolled in Switzerland and abroad are eligible to participate.
The «Philip Jones Brass Prize» is awarded to students studying a brass instrument at the Lucerne School of Music and who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding interpretations or through exceptional projects in the field of talent promotion. The prize is endowed by the Maria and Walter Strebi-Erni Foundation and awarded in a public event. Learn more on the competition’s extensive information website.
The Strebi Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the three BA graduates with the best grades. The winners are nominated by the heads of Institute. The memorial prize, which is endowed by the Maria and Walter Strebi-Erni Foundation, is awarded in the framework of the graduation ceremony.
The following competitions and prizes by other Swiss foundations and institutions might also be of interest for music students. Visit the relevant websites for the conditions of participation.