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

  • »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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  • 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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  • 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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Program & Tickets







Relive here:
Concert April 30

As part of the festive opening of the Kulturpalast the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Ivor Bolton performed at the new concert hall. One highlight was Beethoven's »Triple Concerto« with Nicola Benedetti, Jan Vogler and Alexander Melnikov as soloists.

  • Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to »Der Freischütz«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra in C major Op. 56
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120

The concert was broadcast live on ARTE Concert and is available on the the ARTE media library for 30 after the performance.

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