Roche Young Commissions

The Roche Young Commissions series was established for the first time in 2013 as a new and unique form of cooperation between Roche, LUCERNE FESTIVAL, and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.  Roche Young Commissions gives two young composers under the age of 30 the opportunity to write orchestral works every other year alternating with Roche Commissions.

After two years of individual artistic initiative, practice-oriented training and coaching from Pierre Boulez, a renowned composer, conductor and founder of the Lucerne Festival Academy, and Wolfgang Rihm, a prolific, award-winning composer, the work of the young composers culminates with a premiere at the Lucerne Festival.

Believing in the affinities between the creativity of arts and the innovation of science, Roche invites 60 young, high-performing Roche scientists to the inspirational concert to celebrate their contributions to science and innovation.

Meet the composers of Roche Young Commissions:


The artists Lisa Streich and Matthew Kaner have been selected by Wolfgang Rihm as the winners of the composition commissions in the next edition of the Roche Young Commissions series. Each of these two composers has been commissioned to create a new work within the next two years, which they will rehearse in 2016 during the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and which will then be given its world premiere during the Summer Festival in 2017.


Lisa Streich
Lisa Streich, who was born in 1985 in Sweden, received her education from such figures as Adriana Hölszky, Johannes Schöllhorn, and Mauro Lanza. She studied organ and composition at the Cologne Academy for Music and Dance and at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris. She was recently commissioned by the ensemble recherche / SWR and the Norrköpings Symphony Orchestra. She won the Busoni Champion Award of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin in 2013 and, in 2014, the Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann Scholarship.

Matthew Kaner
A native of England who was born in 1986, Matthew Kaner studied with such mentors as Colin Matthews, Oliver Knussen, and George Benjamin. He completed his studies in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Julian Anderson and currently has a teaching engagement there. Among his experiences, in 2012 he served as the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood. In 2013 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. Kaner has been commissioned to compose for such ensembles and orchestras as the London Sinfonietta and the London Symphony Orchestra.