The Slogan 2018 Looking forward to the
42nd Dresden
Music Festival!
May 16 to June 10, 2019 Ticket Sales start on October 1, 2018

  • 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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32

Days

Program & Tickets

1.500

international

Artists

22

outstanding

Venues

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
Orchestra

Every year, some of the best musicians for historically informed performance practice from the finest early-music ensembles in Europe unite to the Dresden Festival Orchestra as the Dresden Music Festival's very own ensemble. With great joy of discovery, precision and a keen sense for authentic interpretations, the Dresden Festival Orchestra explores the original sound of various epochs and in doing so fills a void in the musical life of the city. The musicians play original instruments, varying with the era and historical background of its repertoire, which means that the strings use gut strings and the winds offer a completely new sound.

Themes of the Dresden Music Festival since 2009