31.07. – 11.08.2021

For the 2021 Darmstadt Summer Course, we are in the process of creating a hybrid format: We are finding ways to let festival and academy – at least to some extent – take place physically in Darmstadt from 31 July to 11 August 2021.


Together with the ensembles and guest artists we are working on a version of the festival program that we can either present in front of an audience or online or both. The program involves artists like Ensemble Modern, Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Ensemble Linea, Zöllner Roche Duo, Riot Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Apartment House, HYOID, UFA Sextet, Neue Vocalsolisten and works by Julius Aglinskas, Ryoko Akama, Georges Aperghis, Malin Bång, Erika Bell, Louise Bourgeois, Raphaël Cendo, Chaya Czernowin, Tansy Davies, Natacha Diels, Milica Djordjević, Sara Glojnarić, Vitalija Glovackytė, Georg Friedrich Haas, Martin A. Hirsti-Kvam, Clara Iannotta, Liza Lim, Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis, Brigitta Muntendorf, Olga Neuwirth, Karola Obermüller, Hilda Paredes, Harry Partch, Enno Poppe, Elena Rykova, Rebecca Saunders, Jurga Šarapova, Elnaz Seyedi, Alvin Singleton, Oliver Thurley, Zeynep Toraman, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Myriam Van Imschoot, Jennifer Walshe, Du Yun, Darya Zvezdina and others.


We are fully committed to facilitating as much exchange as possible. But it is likely that protective measures still have to be maintained in July/August, e. g. distancing, fewer people per room, masks where possible, proper ventilation, testing strategies. It looks like we will only be able to host a smaller group of people here in Darmstadt.

Following the role model of many conservatories, we will therefore realize instrumental classes physically in Darmstadt and composition classes as well as the discourse program remotely. There will also be hybrid formats that combine in-person and remote teaching, like in some of the workshops for example.

No matter how many we are and where: We’ll celebrate togetherness and collaboration and great music!


Participants who were enrolled for the postponed 2020 Summer Course will have priority and will be contacted by our team.
Instrumentalists will receive the registration link via e-mail during the next days. Booking will be open until 30 June. Until 31 May, only the participants from 2020 can register. On 1 June we will open the registration for others if there are any remaining spots.
Please have a look at the the studio descriptions. In some studios (e. g. percussion), the number of participants will have to be slightly reduced.

For composition, we are still in exchange with our tutors and will know by the end of May what we can offer.

The following workshops are planned in a hybrid setting (instrumentalists in Darmstadt, composers remotely):
À deux – Composing for harp
Composing for cello
Composing for voices and accordions
Listening as compositional practice
Music in the city
The Minimoog Project

Composers selected for these projects are kindly asked to let us know in case they already have other plans for August.

The following workshop is planned in-person, you can apply by 15 June:
Dance & Music

Last updated: 14 May 2021
If you have questions, please e-mail imd@darmstadt.de!


Presented every two years by Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), the Darmstadt Summer Course is an international platform for contemporary and experimental musical practices and composition: it is summer academy, festival and discourse platform at the same time and a meeting point of composers, interpreters, performers, sound artists and scholars. Since 1946, the Darmstadt Summer Course has been aiming at bringing together strong musical and aesthetic positions, providing a framework for high-level performance and discourse, a lively international network and an inspiring experience for our participants and guests.

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