Young Contemporaries: Studio Musikfabrik

07/2016 IMD – DE

The idea of the project “Young Contemporaries” is to set up a new, one week academy for young instrumentalists (14 to 18 years old) within an existing academy (Darmstadt Summer Course).

Young musicians – the next generation – will be trained in a stimulating atmosphere where they can meet and work with internationally renowned professionals, get deeper insights into important challenges for their upcoming careers, can create networks with other contemporary music devotees.

And of course all Young Contemporaries will be able to get free access to concerts, performances and lectures, to workshops and rehearsals. Since musical education in schools in general and training in contemporary practices in particular becomes more and more underexposed, this kind of knowledge transfer seems to be one of the most important ones for building up and supporting the next generation of musicians and music listeners alike.

In coooperation with Ensemble Musikfabrik.


© Eva Reiter




70 Years: 1946 – 2016

International Summer Course for New Music (29 July to 14 August 2016)


At more than 65 public events, the 48th International Summer Course for New Music (29 July to 14 August 2016) will present some 40 premieres, including more than ten works commissioned especially for this year’s anniversary festival. A number of artistically highly diverse projects – like for example the large-scale project historage – 7 places, 7 readings – are offering artistic responses to the seven decades of Darmstadt’s history and also to the digital archive of the Darmstadt International Music Institute (IMD), which has been established extensively in the last few years. The motto “Music in the Expanded Field” will be at the center of the program, predominantly with new commissioned works in which performance, venue, light, sound motions, audience movements and many other factors combine to create a composite audiovisual experience. On the theoretical side, the international conference EXCESS: Forum for Philosophy and Art (4 – 7 August 2016) will establish one of the course’s focuses.


With over 60 tutors, the 2016 Darmstadt Summer Course will offer an extensive program of tuition and workshops, from classes in composition and various instrumental disciplines, via workshops at the “Atelier Elektronik” and a writing workshop for young music journalists, to experimental projects. Roughly 450 participants from some 50 nations will be expected in Darmstadt between 29 July and 14 August 2016.


Tickets for the concerts as well as the regularly-updated program can be found at


Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, Jubilee Foundation of the Darmstadt Sparkasse, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Allianz Kulturstiftung, Merck’sche Gesellschaft für Kunst und Wissenschaft
as well as many other supporters and sponsors

IMD is a culture institute of the City of Darmstadt.

ULYSSES Journey for Performers

Conducting Course


Young ensemble in residency - Ensemble Schallfeld

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