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Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival since 2018

Dear Music Lovers,

Music crowns the art of non-verbal communication – transmitting emotions, images and thoughts through its mysterious language!
Choosing »Dialogues« as its 2021 motto, the Dresden Music Festival emphasizes the prominent role of music in social discourse. Music communicates in a three-dimensional manner; it is a creative conversation between the musicians on stage and the audience in the hall, but at the same time, it manages to mind-read across centuries, as composers’ ideas are brought to life and

Greetings from
the Mayor

One thing is certain: the next edition of the Dresden Music Festival will feel even more precious than usual – to all involved, those on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience! All of us have keenly felt the lack. We have missed them dearly, the musical live events full of passion, devotion and soul.

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

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