The Slogan 2017 May 18 to June 18, 2017

  • 40th Dresden Music Festival: Anne-Sophie Mutter in conversation with Jan Vogler

    The 40th edition of the Dresden Music Festival will be opened with a festive concert at the Semperoper this Thursday featuring celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. A special occasion on which Jan Vogler has met the artist for a special conversation.

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  • Steven Isserlis receives the 2017 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«

    Music is essential for childhood development – thus the conviction of the British cellist Steven Isserlis. In addition to his performances as a celebrated concert soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, composing and playing for children are important focal points of his work. Furthermore, he has published three books for children recounting the lives of famous composers in an anecdotal and informative manner, and he gives master classes all over the world. Doubtlessly, this makes Steven Isserlis one of the »torch-bearers« of the international classical music scene.

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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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  • Join in: Musical City 2017

    »How musical is Dresden?« This question was asked by the 2016 Dresden Music Festival, calling on amateur musicians and professionals, young and old, from Saxony and elsewhere, to turn Dresden into a »Resounding City«, at the same time emphasizing tolerance and open-mindedness. The result: more than one thousand active participants at eleven different venues, and an ocean of music all over the city!

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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.

Jan Vogler, Intendant

Jan Vogler, Intendant since 2009

Dear Music Lovers,

It is a great pleasure for me to present to you our program for the 40th Dresden Music Festival, for which we have chosen the motto »LIGHT«.Light is humanity’s life elixir, but also a symbol of enlightenment, freedom, transparency and energy. In German, we like tocall people who lead us into the future through their courage and visions »Lichtgestalten« – »figures of light« – in English we have the term »torch bearers«.

Greetings from the
Honorary Patron

in German only

1978 fanden die ersten Dresdner Musikfestspiele statt. Seitdem ist in der Welt viel passiert. Es gab tiefgreifende politische Veränderungen und Umbrüche, Hoffnungen und auch Enttäuschungen. Der Fall der Mauer, das Ende des Kalten Krieges brachten nicht nur die ersehnte Reisefreiheit, sondern auch die Freiheit des Denkens und die Freitheit für Kunst und Kultur.

Dirk Hilbert, Mayor of the City of Dresden

Greetings from
the Mayor

The one who controls light can change the world: by creating its own light, mankind has overcome the natural rhythm of day and night. It has also captured light, harnessing its energy. When the Music Festival dedicates itself to the motto »LIGHT«, it touches upon the essential character of this city: its innovative power, but also its enjoyment of friction.

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