The Slogan 2017 Looking forward to the
40th Dresden
Music Festival!
May 18 to June 18, 2017

  • Relive on ARTE: Final Concert with Dresden Festival Orchestra

    The Dresden Festival Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Ivor Bolton performed the final concert of this year's Dresden Music Festival. The ensemble placed emphasis on the 19th Century in yet another example of its dedication to historically informed practice.

  • Watch at Concert Singapore Symphony Orchestra from May 28

    The concert from May 28 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui and with violinist Gil Shaham can be relived through's free online replay, available for 90 days after the performance.

  • Image film of Dresden Music Festival

    In our image film festival artists and impressions from our venues are woven with the city of Dresden, with its historical and impressive architecture and its inhabitants.




Program & Tickets







Dresden Festival

»Orchestra di Dresda«. »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.

About the Music Festival

Over the course of it’s more than 30 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 in the mood of the Music Festival

Themes of the Dresden Music Festival since 2009