• The 2019 Dresden Music Festival themed »VISIONS«

    The 2019 Festival season from May 16 to June 10 has chosen the motto »VISIONS«, which also refers to the Bauhaus centennial. For 56 the program includes visionary precursors of music as well as works inspired by the Bauhaus movement and wants to overcome genre boundaries and revive traditions – all in the spirit of the Bauhaus philosophy.

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  • »Schumann's Cello Concerto reflected in Historical Sound«

    Jan Vogler and the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Ivor Bolton discover Robert Schuman's famous Cello Concerto in A minor and capture the special sound of the romantic era on historic instrumens and gut strings.

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  • Palace Concert with Barbara Hannigan and Bamberg Symphony

    The Bamberg Symphony, famous for its characteristic dark, smooth yet brilliant sound, presents itself to the Dresden audience with its young Czech chief conductor Jakub Hrůša for the first time, joined by the fantastic Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan.

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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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26

Days

Program & Tickets

1.500

international

Artists

22

outstanding

Venues

Jan Vogler, Intendant of teh Dresden Music Festival since 2018

Dear Music Lovers,

On the following pages, we would like to introduce the 2019 season of the Dresden Music Festival to you. Its motto is »VISIONS«. Visions are an important resource in the evolution of humanity and a fundamental element of artistic inspiration. With this theme, I would also like to commemorate the founding of the Bauhaus 100 years ago. What a ground-breaking aesthetic reorientation, renewing the definition of culture, taste, quality of life and sustainability, far beyond the confines of architecture!

Greetings from
the Mayor

The latest incarnation of the Dresden Music Festival explores the power of the visionary in the arts, including a focus on the Bauhaus centennial in 2019. Not only in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin, but all over the world, the consequences of this avant-garde movement are celebrated. Not only did it set stylistic standards, but it also addressed questions of the future.

Dirk Hilbert, Mayor of the City of Dresden

Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2017 (c) Kirsten Nijhof

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

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

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.

Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward

Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward

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