A lively spirit of innovation, musical vitality and fascinating performance venues contribute to the unique atmosphere of the Moritzburg Festival. Founded in 1993 by Kai Vogler, Peter Bruns and Jan Vogler, whose inspiration was the famous “Marlboro Festival” in the USA, the Moritzburg Festival considers itself a laboratory for musical experimentation while also offering a home to excellence. Under the artistic directorship of the world-renowned cellist and Echo Award winner Jan Vogler, it 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. There they work on new interpretations of chamber music works together, presenting them in dynamic, flexible formations – which are unique and exclusive to the Moritzburg Festival.
The Festival’s programs reflect the many facets of chamber music literature, while focusing intense attention on contemporary works as well. Since 1997 the Moritzburg Festival has featured a composer-in-residence; in the past, this position has been held by composers including Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jörg Widmann, among others.
However, outstanding musicality must be safeguarded for the future. Support for rising young artists is one of the Moritzburg Festival’s central concerns. Since the founding of the Moritzburg Festival Academy in 2006, young musicians have had the opportunity to intensely work on joint programs, introducing themselves to a broader audience in various concert formats.
The Moritzburg Festival has also recorded numerous prize-winning CDs.