Ticino Musica Festival Orchestra

Orchestral Academy

18 – 30 July 2022, Lugano (Switzerland)

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Festival, we are launching the inaugural Ticino Musica Festival Orchestra, to be conducted by alumnus Alexander Shelley.

Reflecting the spirit of Ticino Musica, the project revolves around collaboration and mutual exchange between leading international artists and talented early career musicians, offering an opportunity for both professional development and performance at the highest level. In the setting of some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, the Festival  Orchestra will prepare two programmes of classical and contemporary masterpieces for performance across two weeks of the Festival.

On request, orchestra members may take part in the Masterclasses with the following conditions: they may participate in half of the lessons (schedule to be organized individually with the docent) with a tuition cost of 390 fr, including registration and participation fees.


Alexander Shelley

Programme 2022

First concert

  • Dieter Ammann, Grooves - fitting one for Chamber Orchestra
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56
  • Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Second concert

  • Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25
  • Frank Martin, Concerto for seven wind instruments, timpani, percussion, and string orchestra
  • Richard Wagner, Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385



Adrian Oetiker (piano), Marco Rizzi (violin), Giovanni Gnocchi (cello), Andrea Oliva (flute), Igor Podyomov (oboe), Calogero Palermo (clarinet), Gabor Meszaros (bassoon), Jacques Deleplancque (horn), Fritz Damrow (trumpet), Vincent Lepape (trombone)



Free application for auditions by 1 March 2022. Applications are welcomed from participants of all nationalities over the age of 18.

Fill in the application form (find link below) and provide the requested data, including:

  • link to your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • link to your video audition (YouTube, Vimeo, or similar)

See the Terms and conditions for details regarding the CV and the video audition.

Audition Program


Applications are open until 1 March 2022.


Confirmation of selected participants

The confirmation of participation will be sent via email on 20 March 2022.


Rehearsals and concerts

The project covers the period from July 18 to 30 (with arrival on July 17 and departure on July 31). The rehearsals will start on July 18 and will take place in Lugano (Switzerland). The two concerts, with two contrasting programmes and in two different locations in Ticino (Switzerland), are planned for July 23 and July 30.

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet

Audition Program

Each participant will receive a scholarship of CHF 1000.- for travel and accommodation costs. No participation fee is requested.

The organization can offer suitable accommodation at a reasonable price.

..."Ticino Musica was a formative place for me. Whether it was working alongside my great teacher Johannes Goritzki, attending composition classes with George Crumb, playing in various chamber ensembles with brilliantly talented colleagues, or listening to the many fine teaching artists in performance, I owe a debt of gratitude to the atmosphere of adventure and musical joy that this festival represents. As such I am thrilled to be leading the first Ticino Musica Festival Orchestra in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the institution."

Alexander Shelley
Music Director, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra
Principal Associate Conductor, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Terms and conditions