The Slogan 2018 Looking forward to the
41st Dresden
Music Festival!
May 10 to June 10, 2018 Ticket Sales start on October 4, 2017

  • Revive the the 2017 Glashütte MusicFestivalAward in the film

    In the 2017 season the British cellist Steven Isserlis was presented the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward for his committment to the education of classical music. The Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward honors achievements in classical music education and support for young artists. In 2017 it was donated by the watch-manufacturing company Glashütte Original and awarded jointly with the Dresden Music Festival for the 14th time. Please relive the greatest moments around the award and its ceremony in the film.

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  • »Palace Concerts« — the new series of the Dresden Music Festival at the Kulturpalast

    Starting immediately, the Dresden Music Festival regularly invites some of the world’s leading artists and orchestras to the newly-opened Kulturpalast, presenting the new series of »Palace Concerts« outside the four-week annual festival period. Eight concerts will be presented in the 2017/18 season.

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Program & Tickets







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.  

Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward

Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward

Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward

Launched in 2004, the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward with its cash value of 25,000 € has since become a fixed part of the Dresden Music Festival. It honours outstanding personalities of the music world with special achievements in the field of music education. Previous winners include Christa Ludwig, Gustavo Dudamel, the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Andris Nelsons and Mariza.

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