Roche Commissions: our enduring commitment to out of the ordinary music


Roche Commissions is a unique collaboration between RocheLucerne Festival and the Lucerne Festival Academy. Under the terms of the partnership since its inception, Roche bi-annually commissions a new work from an outstanding contemporary composer. Each work is premiered at Lucerne Festival in summer.

Composer Olga Neuwirth

The eighth ‘Roche Commission’, Trurliade – Zone Zero, a concerto for percussion and orchestra by Olga Neuwirth, will see its world premiere at the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne (KKL Luzern) on Saturday 27 August as part of the Lucerne Summer Festival. Victor Hanna will be the soloist, with the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy conducted by Susanna Mälkki. Roche Commissions, an innovative model of cooperation in the area of cultural sponsorship between Roche and Lucerne Festival, has existed since 2003.

Peter Eötvös, Roche Commission awardee 2018

Supporting innovation in arts

Roche has actively cultivated and supported ground-breaking contemporary art and cultural projects since its formation in 1896. Today our philanthropic activities continue to reflect the vision and legacy since the company’s founding.

We support creative projects and activities that explore the parallels between innovation in art and in science. The focus is on music, while also supporting the visual arts and architecture. We cultivate and foster intensive interactions with contemporary music and art as a means to express our commitment to innovation characterised by excellence, distinctiveness and passion.

More information can be found on our Press Release.

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