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  • The 2020 Dresden Music Festival under the motto »INSPIRATION NATURE«

    Diversity is the magic word – in nature and at the 2020 Dresden Music Festival. Director Jan Vogler has chosen the motto »INSPIRATION NATURE« for the festival, which runs from May 12 to June 12, 2020, presenting a richly varied programme in 63 concerts at 25 performance venues, effortlessly combining the New York Philharmonic with the Senegalese world musician Pape Diouf and the rock legend Sting.

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  • Discover the 2019-20 »Palace Concerts«

    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

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  • The 16th Glashütte Original MusicFestival Award for Joshua Bell

    During his appearance at the 2019 Dresden Music Festival the US-American violinist Joshua Bell was honored with the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«. In addition to his projects as a violinist and Artistic Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he is a passionate advocate for music education.

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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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Program & Tickets







Jan Vogler, Intendant of teh Dresden Music Festival since 2018

Dear Music Lovers,

»How glad I am to wander among bushes, forests, trees, herbs and rocks. No man alive can love the country as I do. After all, forests, trees, and rocks give man the echo he longs for«, thus Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday we celebrate in 2020, wrote in 1815.
It is a great pleasure for me to introduce the program of the 2020 Dresden Music Festival to you with these words.

Greetings from
the Mayor

The next edition of the Dresden Music Festival beckons, celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday and seeking to connect with roots and authenticity, as reflected by its motto »INSPIRATION NATURE«. The motto could not be a more perfect match for Dresden: over the course of more than eight centuries, an urban area has evolved here which truly unites city and landscape.

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