College-Conservatory of Music Summer Programs presents:
New Works and Masterworks of the 20th and 21st Centuries

MusicX is a unique and intensive new music festival, bringing together internationally known composers and chamber ensembles with emerging composers, instrumentalists and singers. For the past 3 years, MusicX has been held at the prestigious Hindemith Foundation Music Center in Blonay, Switzerland. Prior to that (from 1996 through 2008), the festival was held on the award-winning campus of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

For administrative reasons, MusicX (Music12) will not take place this coming summer. However, plans for Music13 are already underway and it is our hope and expectation that the festival will return next time with an extraordinary roster of invited guests and resident young musicians who together will generate the same level of exciting and unforgettable events to which we have been accustomed at MusicX in recent years. It is the plan of MusicX to return to the beautiful Hindemith Music Centre and the dates of the festival are expected to be in the early part of the summer, as always. Specific details of Music13 will be available at this website as soon as possible.

Joel Hoffman, MusicX Artistic Director
Peter Landgren, Dean, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

In recent years the festival has featured the premiere American ensemble eighth blackbird and such principal composers as David Lang, Matthias Pintscher, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Louis Andriessen, Martin Bresnick, George Crumb, John Corigliano and many others. These renowned artists have worked collectively and individually with an invited group of young composers, instrumentalists and singers, all of whom selected through a highly competitive process. The primary component of the festival consists of young composers who are assigned specific ensembles far in advance of the festival; the subsequent pieces that emerge are then prepared well before everyone assembles in Blonay. Then in Blonay, each work is meticulously rehearsed, performed and professionally recorded in a series of concerts. Each ensemble consists of a member of the ensemble-in-residence plus a small group drawn from the instrumentalist and singer participants. Concurrently, the festival musicians together prepare and perform works by the three principal composers, who are on hand to coach their works and give presentations on a variety of topics. Members of the ensemble-in-residence and the principal composers are also available for individual meetings with participants. The repertoire of new works by composer participants, along with major works by the principal composers are performed in a series of concerts throughout the festival in Blonay and surrounding locations. The festival also arranges a limited number of cultural as well as outdoor opportunities for participants in this stunning part of French Switzerland.

For a listing of past guest artists, visit our ARCHIVE page.

Blonay is a beautiful village, located between Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) and the Swiss Alps. Nearby cities are Montreux and Lausanne. The Hindemith Foundation is a fully-equipped music residence center, whose purpose is to present short-term international festivals and workshops on the highest level.

Above: A short video detailing the Music11 festival. Below: Beautiful Blonay, Switzerland