Intendant Jan Vogler extends his contract in Dresden (April 2015)
Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival, Jan Vogler, has extended his contract by five years until 2021. The festival was founded in 1978 and he became director in 2009.
Under his directorship, the Dresden Music Festival has moved to the forefront of leading international festivals.
‘It is a very good sign that Jan Vogler has extended his partnership with Dresden,’ said an evidently pleased Dirk Hilbert, First Mayor of the City of Dresden. ‘You can certainly sense in the city that the music festival has gained in stature since he took to the reins, without having lost any connection to the cities inhabitants. At the same time, the international resonance has increased year on year. Particularly in respect to Dresden’s application as European Capital of Culture, Jan Vogler is an invaluable partner and tireless campaigner for this city.’
The Festival presents itself as an ambassador for the cultural and musical city of Dresden worldwide with its range of themes which change from year to year. It guarantees music of the utmost caliber and offers a stage to all leading international orchestras and conductors as well as artists of international acclaim and ambitious projects to promote young talent. With Jan Vogler’s guidance, the Festival has experienced rapid growth. Between 2009 and 2014, ticket revenues have more than doubled. The development of visitor numbers has also experienced a fantastic surge with the percentage of seats sold increasing from 77 to 94% and a boost in international visitors from 6 to 13%. Additionally, the Festival has been able to acquire renowned sponsors with funds from sponsors having more than trebled. Around 90 media representatives report annually on the Festival, of whom half come from outside Germany.
‘I’m delighted by the reciprocated trust of my colleagues and very much look forward to five more active and motivated years with them. I see it as my mission to open up Dresden further through cultural exchange. It is our vision to sustainably strengthen Dresden’s activities as a cosmopolitan, diverse and dynamic city of culture through the growing appeal of the Dresden Music Festival and to firmly anchor the Festival as one of the first events of choice within the international festival circuit,’ Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival.