The Dresden Music Festival is one of the largest and most renowned classical music festivals in Europe and presents a top-class programme of exceptional density and diversity every year between May and June. In a dialogue between the important and influential voices of the international classical music scene and the unique cultural and historical environment of its city, the festival creates exciting bridges between tradition and innovation and acts as an ambassador for cosmopolitan and diverse coexistence.
The extraordinary density of concerts with internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles – from the New York Philharmonic to the Berlin Philharmonic, from Anne-Sophie Mutter to Daniil Trifonov – offers unique and high-calibre encounters during the festival period. In addition to the great classical stars, outstanding performers from jazz, rock and pop, such as Eric Clapton, Gregory Porter and Jamie Cullum, as well as world music, complement the musical spectrum and offer unforgettable artistic highlights.
The range of more than twenty venues is also unique, ranging from historical cultural monuments in Dresden such as the Semperoper, Frauenkirche, Residenzschloss or Kulturpalast to modern industrial buildings and open-air venues, providing the right ambience for every concert format.
Since 2012, the Dresden Music Festival has had its own orchestra, the Dresden Festival Orchestra, which specialises in historical performance practice with a focus on the Romantic repertoire.
The internationally renowned cellist Jan Vogler has been the artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival since the 2009 season.