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    Lucerne Festival

    Lucerne Festival is one of the leading international festivals in the field of classical music.

    Lucerne Festival was founded in 1938, and Michael Haefliger has been ist artistic director since 1999.

    Summer Festival

    The main festival in the summer from mid-August to mid-September offers a diverse range of around 100 concerts and continuing events. Each Summer Festival has a theme that runs like a thread through the dramaturgy of the program. A diverse range of concert formats is offered - symphony concerts, chamber music, recitals, debuts, late nights and much more.

    Short Festivals

    The summer festival is flanked by short festivals in spring and fall: "Lucerne Festival Forward" in November, a spring residency of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra before Easter, and a three-day piano festival curated by Igor Levit in May. "Lucerne Festival Forward" is artistically and conceptually shaped by musicians of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO).

    "We are proud to have the KKL Luzern as a venue that offers the very best conditions for the top international artists and orchestras performing at Lucerne Festival. Its excellent acoustics alone make the Salle Blanche one of the best concert halls in the world, and the architecture of the KKL Luzern is unique."

    – Michael Haefliger, Executive and Artistic Director

    Highlights of the Last 25 Years

    • 2023: Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
    • 2022: Chineke! Orchestra, Kevin John Edusei, Sheku Kanneh Mason
    • 2021: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt
    • 2020: Cecilia Bartoli, Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco, Gianluca Capuano
    • 2019: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter
    • 2018: Fritz Hauser "Schraffur für Gong und KKL Luzern" with 300 participants of all ages from Lucerne
    • 2017: Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
    • 2016: Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly with Gustav Mahlers Symphony of the Thousand
    • 2015: Tod Machover’s "Sinfonie für Luzern" with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and Lucerne "Guggenmusik" groups
    • 2014: Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonics, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars
    • 2013: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott with Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
    • 2012: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel
    • 2011: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons
    • 2010: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Pierre Boulez
    • 2009: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
    • 2008: The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
    • 2007: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas
    • 2006: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach
    • 2005: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, Christian Tetzlaff
    • 2004: State Chapel Berlin, Choir of the German State Opera Berlin, Daniel Barenboim with Ludwig van Beethoven's “Fidelio”
    • 2003: Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (inaugural concert)
    • 2002: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Matthias Goerne
    • 2001: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
    • 2000: BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, HK Gruber with Kurt Weill's "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny”

    Image Credits Lucerne Festival ©Priska Ketterer 

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