Moritzburg Festival: 6500 guests, 97% of capacity sold (August 2017)

The Moritzburg Festival has welcomed approximately 6500 guests this summer. The festival celebrated its final concert previous Sunday, 20 August in the church of Moritzburg. It was the 25. festival edition.

Festival director Jan Vogler stated after: «The Moritzburg idea is alive and vital. It radiates with power into the music world.»

The festival next year will take place from 11 -26 August 2018.


25. anniversary: Moritzburg Festival starts on 5 August (August 2017)

The Moritzburg Festival will celebrate its 25. anniversary. Under the artistic direction of cellist Jan Vogler, the festival has established itself as one of the world’s leading chamber music festivals.

The opening concert will take place on 5 August in the Gläserne Manufaktur of Volkswagen in Dresden.

Find here the latest press release by the festival and here the entire program at a glance.


25. Moritzburg Festival in August (May 2017)

From 5 – 20 August 2017 the 25. Moritzburg Festival will take place.

Under the artistic direction of cellist Jan Vogler, the festival has established itself as one of the world’s leading chamber music festivals.

Every August, internationally renowned soloists and outstanding young artists from all over the world meet in idyllic Moritzburg near Dresden. Together they work on new interpretations of chamber music works and present them in dynamic, flexible formations.

On 5 August the opening concert will take place in Volkswagen’s “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” in Dresden, presented by the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra conducted by Josep Caballé Domenech. Violinist Mira Wang and violist Ruth Killius will play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante E flat major KV 364.

Well-known musicians such as violinists Arabella Steinbacher, Ning Feng and Baiba Skride, violist Lawrence Power and pianist Lise de la Salle will follow the invitation to the Saxon idyll.

Composer-in-residence in 2017 will be Sven Helbig.

Find this year’s program here.

Start of Moritzburg Festivals on 6 August (August 2016)

From 6 – 21 August the Moritzburg Festival 2016 will take place, presented by Artistic Director Jan Vogler.

In 2016, the 24th year of the festival, the Moritzburg Festival Academy will celebrate its 10-year-anniversary. It has been established in 2006 to promote and support young artists.

Find here more information on the festival.

Moritzburg Festival | 15-30 August 2015 (August 2015)

This Saturday, the Moritzburg Festival for chamber music will open its doors near Dresden. More than 20 musicians – including ECHO Klassik Award winning horn player Felix Klieser, violist Lawrence Power, cellist Johannes Moser and pianist Francesco Piemontesi – have been invited by the Artistic Director and cellist, Jan Vogler, to rehearse and perform together besides the tranquil lakes of the baroque Moritzburg Castle.

This year’s composer in residence is Matthias Pintscher, whose Now II for solo cello will be premiered by Jan Vogler on 30 August.

Please find the comprehensive festival programme here:

Moritzburg Festival 2015 (March 2015)

For the 22nd time, established and young musicians will meet again in summer 2015 to rehearse and perform chamber music together in a variety of venues – the Baroque Moritzburg castle, the Transparent Factory of Volkswagen in Dresden as well as a hangar of the Elbe aircraft factory Dresden.

This year, artistic director and cellist Jan Vogler puts special emphasis on the issue of tolerance – not only in the light of the Dresden „Pegida“ demonstrations during the last months, but also of his call for defense of the humanist heritage from last autumn.

Matthias Pintscher, one of today’s most renowned composers, will be the 2015  composer-in-residence; three of his works – one of them a world premiere – will be performed during the festival. Furthermore, musicians such as violinists Henning Kraggerud and Mira Wang, violist Lawrence Power, cellist Johannes Moser, pianists Lise de la Salle and Francesco Piemontesi, or horn player Felix Klieser will follow the invitation to the Saxon idyll.

For the 10th time this year, 37 music students from around the world will form the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra to rehearse and perform orchestral works and chamber music – this year under the direction of Milan Turković. Among the festival opening concert, they will be present at the Young Euro Classic festival in the Berlin Konzerthaus on 17 August.

One musical focus of this year’s festival program ( will be on the groundbreaking impact Ludwig van Beethoven had on chamber music evolution in the 19th century. Beethoven was a great admirer of the ideals of the French Revolution, and by developing a new freedom in his music, he became a key pioneer of romanticism in Central Europe.

You can download the programm as a pdf HERE.

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