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Dresden Music Festival
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Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival since 2008

Dear Concertgoers,

»So strong is the magic of music, and growing ever stronger, it had to destroy all the shackles of other art forms«, the author, painter and musician E.T.A. Hoffmann once wrote about the instrumental output of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Greetings from
the Mayor


»A magic dwells in each beginning, to shelter us, to help us live.« Hermann Hesse found these words after a long illness. »MAGIC« is also the motto of the 2022 Dresden Music Festival, with the hope of a real new beginning after two years of restrictions.

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