The Slogan 2018

  • Joyce DiDonato is the Recipient of the 2018 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«

    Joyce DiDonato is one of the great opera-singers of our times. Through her programmes, the internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano likes to convey comprehensive messages of peace and humanism. Off stage, she has been a champion of social projects for many years. For her contributions to music education, Joyce DiDonato will receive the 2018 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«.

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  • Explore the Music!

    Enjoy the unique festival atmosphere: Discover the special ambience of the Dresden Music Festival and delve into unforgettable music moments behind and on stage. Great artists, great music and great emotions combine to a memorable experience. Explore the music!

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Program & Tickets







Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival since 2008

Dear Music Lovers,

Reflection is among the central aspects of all art. Music reflects our emotions and thoughts, our value system and visions. Under the motto »MIRRORS«, we invite you to join us in our exploration of music’s influence on our individual existence and our society, experiencing the 41st edition of the Dresden Music Festival.

Greetings from
the Mayor

Looking into a mirror, what do we see? Mirrors give us mysteries to ponder. At the same time, they open up new worlds to us, revealing things we could never otherwise observe. Music resembles a mirror of the soul. Anyone who has sung or playedan instrument knows: music always reveals a part of our own self.

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.  

Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2017 (c) Kirsten Nijhof

in 2017, the Dresden Music Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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