We are looking forward to a lively and diverse 2023 festival season. Dramatic and stirring contrasts, tender nuances, and connections formed through music will all rouse discussions around our theme BLACK AND WHITE“, says Jan Vogler, director of the Dresden Music Festival.With 63 events at 22 venues in Dresden, Jan Vogler and his team present a varied and interesting program – what to expect at the 46th Dresden Music Festival can be found in the brochure.
Among the highlights of the festival are the world premiere of the “White Rose Trilogy” by U.S. composer David Chesky, which addresses story of resistance fighter Sophie Scholl, with the Dresdner Sinfoniker under Eric Jacobsen and the commissioned work for violoncello, choir and orchestra, “On a Clear Day,” with texts based on a cycle of poems by Ulla Hahn, by the U.S. composer Sean Shepherd, which will be premiered by the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, conducted by Kent Nagano and with Jan Vogler, already at Carnegie Hall New York in April 2023. In the concert series “Tastenspiele” during the festival, the piano will be the particular focal point with 18 concerts, including the cycle of Beethoven symphonies in Franz Liszt’s transcriptions for piano, interpreted by Louis Lortie and students from his piano class, with the Michael Wollny Trio and Emanuel Ax, among others. Highly acclaimed soloists continue to visit the Dresden Music Festival stages, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Till Brönner, David Garrett, Martin Grubinger, Joyce DiDonato, Hélène Grimaud and Midori.A special concert will be the performance of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” in historically informed performance practice with the Dresden Festival Orchestra and Concerto Köln conducted by Kent Nagano. This is part of an extensive music research project of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” over the next four years based in Dresden, which originally began as Wagner Lesarten with Concerto Köln and now sees the continuance under the joint artistic leadership of Jan Vogler and Kent Nagano.

Renowned orchestras will travel to Dresden for a guest performance, among them:
– the Munich Philharmonic under Tugan Sokhiev with soprano Christiane Karg
– the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini under Omer Meir Wellber with Jan Vogler and pianist Mikhail Pletnev
– the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding with pianist Kirill Gerstein
– the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Herbert Blomstedt with violinist María Dueñas
– Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest under Hartmut Haenchen with the pianist duo Lucas & Arthur Jussen
– Mozarteumorchester Salzburg under Andrew Manze
– Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with percussionist Martin Grubinger under Tarmo Peltokoski
– Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Daniele Gatti
– the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

More information can also be found on musikfestspiele.com.