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  • Steven Isserlis receives the 2017 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«

    Music is essential for childhood development – thus the conviction of the British cellist Steven Isserlis. In addition to his performances as a celebrated concert soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, composing and playing for children are important focal points of his work. Furthermore, he has published three books for children recounting the lives of famous composers in an anecdotal and informative manner, and he gives master classes all over the world. Doubtlessly, this makes Steven Isserlis one of the »torch-bearers« of the international classical music scene.

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  • Join in: Musical City 2017

    »How musical is Dresden?« This question was asked by the 2016 Dresden Music Festival, calling on amateur musicians and professionals, young and old, from Saxony and elsewhere, to turn Dresden into a »Resounding City«, at the same time emphasizing tolerance and open-mindedness. The result: more than one thousand active participants at eleven different venues, and an ocean of music all over the city!

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  • First CD of the Dresden Festival Orchestra was released on October 1, 2016

    In the 2016 season the Dresden Festival Orchestra celebrated its 5th year of existence and on this occasion has recorded its first CD under its chief conductor Ivor Bolton and with Jan Vogler as soloist. Featuring Schumann's Smphony No. 2 and his cello concerto the musicians turned to its core repertoire by composers of the 19th and early 20th century who left their musical calling card in Dresden.

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  • Mavericks and Torchbearers: Dresden Music Festival presented 2017 program

    The Dresden Music Festival celebrates its 40th Festival season from May 18 to June 18, 2017 with an especially dazzling program. Having chosen »LIGHT« as the season motto, Intendant Jan Vogler has invited world-renowned artists and orchestras to Dresden for this coming year, ensuring brilliant moments in 58 events spread throughout the performance venues as well as a guest appearance in Berlin.

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Program & Tickets







Jan Vogler, Intendant

Jan Vogler, Intendant since 2009

Dear Music Lovers,

It is a great pleasure for me to present to you our program for the 40th Dresden Music Festival, for which we have chosen the motto »LIGHT«.Light is humanity’s life elixir, but also a symbol of enlightenment, freedom, transparency and energy. In German, we like tocall people who lead us into the future through their courage and visions »Lichtgestalten« – »figures of light« – in English we have the term »torch bearers«.

Greetings from
the Mayor

The one who controls light can change the world: by creating its own light, mankind has overcome the natural rhythm of day and night. It has also captured light, harnessing its energy. When the Music Festival dedicates itself to the motto »LIGHT«, it touches upon the essential character of this city: its innovative power, but also its enjoyment of friction.

Dirk Hilbert, Mayor of the City of Dresden

About the Music Festival

Over the course of it's 40 years history the Dresden Music Festival has established itself as distinctive cultural institution in Dresden and attracts an audience far beyond Germany’s borders between May and June to this city on the River Elbe. During three festival weeks renowned orchestras, top-class soloists and ensembles come to Dresden to perform at the most beautiful venues in its historic center and surroundings and fill the city with music.  

History of Music Festival

Dresden Music Festival

Dresden Festival

»By introducing a mixed taste The Royal Orchestra under Concertmeister Mr. Pisendel ... was brought to such tenderness of execution, that I ... have not heard any better.«

With these words, Johann Joachim Quantz describes the former court orchestra whose unique constellation is revived by the Dresden Festival Orchestra. The Dresden Festival Orchestra was launched in the spirit of the legendary »Orchestra di Dresda«. The former court orchestra of August the Strong was considered to be the best ensemble of its kind in the period of Dresden’s cultural flowering and it assembled the most prestigious instrumentalists of its time. Three centuries later, the Dresden Festival Orchestra unites international specialists for historically informed performance practice from the finest early-music ensembles in Europe - the perfect basis for the once praised »mixed taste« by Quantz.

Themes of the Dresden Music Festival since 2009