With Michael Sanderling

assistant conductor position and conducting week 2024

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Professional practice in an inspiring and supportive environment

Conducting week for young conductors with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester under the direction of chief conductor Michael Sanderling. At the end of the course, one of the participants will be elected for the new position of assistant conductor for one year.

The conducting week workshop will take place from 18 to 20 September 2024 in the Orchesterhaus of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester in Lucerne/Kriens. The workshop is designed to give young conductors the opportunity to work with a professional orchestra at the highest level and to gain valuable practical experience. Participants will conduct works from the classical and early romantic periods. The course will end with a public concert on 20 September 2024, conducted by selected participants. A maximum of five candidates who can actively participate will be admitted to the workshop next to passive participants who are welcome to follow the course. The age limit for applying is 35 years.

1st of July 2024
Online-application deadline
18th until 2oth of September 2024
Workshop in the Orchesterhaus of Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
20th of September 2024
Final public concert, conducted by selected participants.

Conducting week repertoire

Georg Bizet / Francois Borne
Carmen Fantasy for flute and orchestra

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 1, Op. 36 – 1st movement

Ludwig van Beethoven  
Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 – 1st movement

Robert Schumann      
Ouverture from Ouvertüre, Scherzo and Finale E major, Op.52

After the workshop Luzerner Sinfonieorchester intends to offer the assistant conductor position to one of the participants. Please note that only applicants who are residing either in Switzerland or EU/EFTA countries can be considered. The choice will be made by artistic committee led by Michael Sanderling.

The conducting week workshop and the assistant position are made possible by a private Swiss foundation.

All information about the registration

Online-application deadline: 1st of July 2024


Required material and documents for applying:

  • Each applicant should provide a video recording with two pieceson their own choice where the angle of the camera is directed on the applicant from the orchestra side. The video does not need to be professional but needs to be in sufficient quality (both sound and image). The minimum length of the video should be 10 minutes. The recording can be done either in concert, rehearsal or lesson situation but should avoid speaking and silence as much as possible.
    Additionally, each applicant should provide a short video statement where they briefly introduce themselves and express their motivation for conducting in general and their interest in the position of the assistant conductor by Luzerner Sinfonieorchester. The statement should be recorded either in German or English.
    Both videos should be uploaded to Muvac and be named as “Luzerner Sinfonieorchester workshop application”.
  • Scan of Passport or ID-Card
  • Scan of residence permit (Applicants, who don’t hold citizenship either in Switzerland or EU or EFTA)
  • Biography (in text form)
  • Photo of the applicant (in highest possible resolution)
  • Contact details


Aida Mesic
Phone +41 41 226 05 11

Debriefing of a workshop day with the chief conductor Michael Sanderling. Details and nuances, as well as communication with the orchestra are discussed and deepened.
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