For the Dresden Music Festival, the most diverse and successful season in its history was concluded with a concert featuring the legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, bringing 26 vivid festival days under the motto »Visions« to a rousing finale. . Over the course of three and a half weeks, a multi-faceted program featuring 56 concerts of different genres – from classical to jazz, world music and blues rock – curated by Artistic Director Jan Vogler proved once again that the Dresden Music Festival, founded in 1978, has long risen to the top of the European festival landscape.
Approximately 58,000 visitors came to be enchanted by about 1,500 artists at the 22 performance venues in and around Dresden. With 93 percent of seats filled, the Festival’s ticket revenue grew to 2 million Euros for the first time. That is an increase of 29 percent compared to the previous year.
»The Festival city of Dresden has come into its own. An enthusiastic audience – a felicitous mixture of local visitors and fans of classical music from elsewhere – celebrated Dresden as one of Europe’s cultural capitals,« thus Jan Vogler, Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival, summarized the event.
Among the highlights of the 42nd Dresden Music Festival were guest performances by the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, the Vienna Philharmonic under Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev. The Dresden Festival Orchestra with Jan Vogler as the cello soloist and the conductor Constantinos Caridys offered a veritable fireworks of French romanticism in historically informed sound. The performance of the American violinist Joshua Bell and the Camerata Salzburg under Andrew Manze at the Frauenkirche was no less passionate; on the same occasion, Bell was honoured with the 16th »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«. Standing ovations greeted violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the sold-out Kulturpalast. During the world premiere of the cello concerto »Three Continents« written by Nico Muhly, Sven Helbig and Zhou Long, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Jan Vogler impressively demonstrated how sound colours from three continents can blend in one harmonious whole – the performance was conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. The performances of the interdisciplinary group of artists »Bohème 2020« stood out for their originality.
Browse through the highlights of the 2019 festival season. (Photos: Oliver Killig)
The »Palace Concerts« of the Dresden Music Festival opened its 2019-20 season. The new edition will present once again unique musical encounters with world-renowned soloists and orchestras outside the regular festival time at the concert hall at Dresden’s Kulturpalast
The opening concert on October 27, 2019 will feature pianist Mitsuko Uchida performing three sonatas by Franz Schubert followed by a reunion with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski on November 17, 2019 who will bring Mahler's Fifth Symphony and Britten's Symphony for Violoncello and Orchestra with Jan Vogler as soloist. All the world is curious about the musical liaison between the Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko who will serve up an evening of fascinating contrasts on February 21, 2020: Brahms’ »Tragic Overture«, Bernd Alois Zimmermann's »Alagoana« and Sergei Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. The finale on March 25, 2020 unites two outstanding music personalities on one stage: the star soprano Renée Fleming and the world-class pianist Evgeny Kissin. This exceptional recital with songs by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss is most definitely an event to look forward to.
The violinist Joshua Bell ist one of teh great performers of our times with a career spanning more than thirty years. Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, he has been able to look back on performances with almost all the major orchestras and conductors in the world. Beside his projects as a soloist he is Artistic Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and highly comitted to music education.
His concept of music as a means of trans-cultural understanding plays a central role in the school reform project »Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts« of the NAMM Foundation, enabling disadvantaged children to gain access to classical music in many different ways. In addition, Bell is active in mentoring the string players of the National YoungArts Foundation, a charitable organization supporting rising young artists at high schools, and teaches at his own alma mater, the Jacobs School of Music.
For these outstanding efforts and activities, Joshua Bell will receive the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« during this year’s 42nd Dresden Music Festival. The Prize will be presented to him as part of his appearance at the Frauenkirche on May 27, 2019.
»I have known Joshua Bell since 1989, when we met at the Marlboro Music Festival and would sight-read Schubert trios together during our spare time. Joshua has remained true to himself and reaches classical music fans of all generations and nationalities with his poetic style of playing the violin. Today he is one of the most charismatic and successful musicians in the world, and I am delighted that we are able to honour his work with the ›Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward‹ this year,« says Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival.