The violinist Joshua Bell is one of the great performers of our times; 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. 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.
Bearing a cash value of 25,000 Euros, the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« will be donated by the watchmaking company Glashütte Original for the 16th time in 2019 and presented in conjunction with the Dresden Music Festival. The award sculpture will be designed and manufactured by two students at the company’s own watchmaking school »Alfred Helwig«. Recent prize winners have included such artist personalities as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, the fado singer Mariza, Andris Nelsons, Steven Isserlis and Joyce DiDonato.
For its next season from May 16 to June 10, 2019, the Dresden Music Festival has chosen the motto »VISIONS«, which also refers to the Bauhaus centennial. For 56 events at 22 performance venues, artistic director Jan Vogler has invited artists and fellow musicians from all around the world to overcome genre boundaries and revive traditions – all in the spirit of the Bauhaus philosophy.
Inaugurating the season, star vocalist René Pape gives his first performance with the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Ivor Bolton’s baton in his hometown. The series of annual world premieres at the Dresden Music Festival continues with a world-encompassing work: dedicated to Jan Vogler, the Cello Concerto by Sven Helbig (Germany), Nico Muhly (USA) and Zhou Long (China) will be premiered by the WDR Symphony Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru, uniting the distinctive handwritings of three composers from three continents in one work. The guitar legend Eric Clapton promises a rousing finale for the 42nd edition of the Dresden Music Festival.
»What our society lacks is vision! Culture, the arts, music can be precursors, paving the way for their times. Next year, we commemorate the founding of the Bauhaus in 1919. The idea of bringing style, good taste and quality to all areas of life has always inspired me. During the 2019 festival, each concert in itself – and the entire, highly diverse program – is a creation promising a particularly profound and visionary musical experience, inspired by the Bauhaus vision,« Jan Vogler said in Dresden.
The Dresden Music festival also contributes musically to the Bauhaus centennial: thus, the Bavarian Junior Ballet from Munich and the Berlin Academy of the Arts present two performances of Gerhard Bohner’s choreographic new version of Oskar Schlemmer’s »Triadic Ballet« at the Dresden Theatre. The Russian pianist Nikolai Tokarev plays Modest Mussorgsky’s »Pictures at an Exhibition« accompanied by a video installation which reminds the audience of Kandinsky’s production at the Friedrich Theatre in Dessau in 1928 which Mussorgsky’s work inspired.
Further highlights include appearances of the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano, the Vienna Philharmonic under Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev. World-renowned soloists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Joshua Bell and Chilly Gonzales complement an impressive line-up of female artists: in addition to soloists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lisa Batiashvili, Hélène Grimaud, Fatma Said and Yuja Wang, two female conductors will give unforgettable performances in 2019 – Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla makes her Dresden debut as the chief conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and following her appearance at the Palace Concerts (on October 25, 2018), Barbara Hannigan returns to the Kulturpalast at the helm of the LUDWIG Orchestra and Cappella Amsterdam to lead an opera in concert. Igor Stravinsky’s opera »The Rake’s Progress« will be performed as part of a visionary mentoring program initiated by Hannigan and featuring talented young vocalists. A jazzy note is introduced by Nils Landgren & Friends, who perform a »Jazz Night« at the Kulturpalast, and continues with the Richard Galliano New Jazz Musette Quartet and the Brad Mehldau Trio. The series »Classical Beats« features visions of concert formats by younger artists, such as the Johannes Motschmann Trio and the Jazzrausch Bigband. And at »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« and »Musical City«, Dresden’s citizens are called upon to celebrate the uniting power of music within society.
Ticket sales for the 2019 season begin on October 1, 2018.
A high-carat program such as the one of the 42nd Dresden Music Festival could not be implemented without supporters and sponsors. Special thanks are therefore due to the State Capital of Dresden, the Free State of Saxony and to our premium partners: the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Glashütte Original.
»If you have visions, the world is at your feet. They animate us to think forward, to dare to be new and curious. Visions know no borders, no colours. They open doors and paths,« says Andreas Rieger, spokesman for the Ostsächsische Sparkasse. »We are all the happier to pave this path, here and now, with extraordinary symphonies from near and far, dreaming our way into the world from Dresden.«
»The Dresden Music Festival stands for an extraordinary combination of classical concert experiences and new musical impressions. This makes the festival so fascinating to visitors from Germany and abroad, and we look forward to contributing to ten thousands of guests experiencing music from unusual perspectives once again in 2019,« Benita von Maltzahn, Director of Cultural Engagement for Volkswagen Communications, declared before today’s press conference.
The Dresden Music Festival is an institution of the State Capital of Dresden and is co-financed by tax funding on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Parliament of Saxony.
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The 41st Dresden Music Festival has continued its success story under the leadership of artistic director Jan Vogler: under the motto »MIRRORS«, a total of 67 events between May 10 and June 10, 2018 invited concertgoers to reflect upon the power of music in our society. More than 1,500 artists from all over the world brought a vibrant Festival atmosphere to 24 performance venues in Dresden. About 56,000 visitors from Germany and abroad were attracted by this magic atmosphere lasting 32 days. Accordingly, the resulting figures are positive: with 91 percent of seats sold, ticket sales revenue rose from 1.4 million to 1.54 million Euro, despite the strong increase already observed in 2017.
»We are proud that the Dresden Music Festival with its fantastic artists, visionary projects and great artistic variety has once again embodied cultural understanding in Dresden, and has sent this signal out into the world. Dresden has put its best foot forward during the Festival weeks: inspiring performance venues, an ideal audience, groundbreaking performances, international visitors and an open-minded atmosphere – that is the Dresden I would like to show the world,« says Jan Vogler, artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival.
Cellist Jan Vogler continued to set new artistic accents this year as well. One example was »Cellomania«, a festival within the festival featuring more than 20 of the world’s best cellists of our times – and culminating in an acclaimed finale, the »Long Night of the Cello«. The world premiere of the Chinese composer Tan Dun’s »Buddha Passion« by the Munich Philharmonic and the International Choir Academy Lübeck only a few days later brought the vibrant music centre Dresden into the focus of the entire music world. Additional brilliant highlights included the award ceremony of the »Glashütte Original Music Festival Award«, which went to the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, the guest appearance of the English Baroque Soloists under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Daniele Gatti with the pianist Daniil Trifonov, the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer as well as the concert performance of Hector Berlioz’ opera »La Damnation de Faust« by the Malmö SymfoniOrkester under Marc Soustrot with Sophie Koch, Paul Groves, Sir Bryn Terfel and Edwin Crossley-Mercer as soloists.
The Festival’s own formats are now firmly established – including the Dresden Festival Orchestra, the artists’ project »Bohème2020«, the club series »Classical Beats«, the cooperation »Sound & Science« with the Technical University, the join-in project »Sounding City« and the open-air event »Dresden Sings & Makes Music«, which has been popular for generations. All of these help the Music Festival reach a broad audience, beyond the concert hall. For the successful reorientation of the Dresden Music Festival and his activities as an ambassador for the European idea, Jan Vogler was presented with the European Cultural Award »Taurus« on June 8, 2018 in Dresden.
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