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Dance and Desire

Fri, 24.08.

Riccardo Chailly conducts an all-Ravel evening, including homages to the waltz, an intoxicating bacchanal, and the rhythmically hypnotic "Boléro."

Summer Festival


New: Haitink Conducts Mahler’s Ninth

Thu, 06.09.

Bernard Haitink will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam’s second concert on 6 September, which is devoted to the last symphony Mahler was able to complete.

Summer Festival


Now on Sale: Tickets for the Piano Festival

Ticket sales for the Piano Festival have begun. Enjoy the great keyboard masters during our nine-day-long Piano Festival – from 17 to 25 November.  


This wonderful occasion unfolds over a period of nine days, which this year will take place from 17 to 25 November, during which you can experience the great masters of the art of the keyboard. Ticket sales begin on 6 August at 12.00 noon (Lucerne time).

Piano Festival


New Paths

Thu, 30.08.

Kirill Petrenko doesn't begin his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic until 2019. But you can already experience this dream team in August in Lucerne.

Summer Festival


Music from Morning to Night

The epic Special Event Day on 26 August offers a colorful program for young and old alike exploring the Festival theme of “Childhood.”

Summer Festival


Child’s Play …

Tue, 28.08.

… is exactly what this music is not, even if Sol Gabetta makes the most difcult concertos seem like it. But Haydn’s clucking «La Poule» and Bizet’s musical soap bubbles and carousel horses fuse art and childhood, virtuosity and high jinks.

Summer Festival



Before the approximately 130 international Academy participants return to their home countries following the conclusion of the Summer Festival, the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY regularly goes on a tour. In 2018 the musicians will travel to Hamburg, Paris, and Berlin.

Piano Festival


Nine days of keyboard wizardry

November brings the master pianists to Lucerne. Online ticket sales beginn on 6 August 2018, 12.00 noon (Swiss time)


14. August 2018

The History of the Festival in Sound

The latest CD release in the Historic Performances series is here. It focuses on the Violinist Nathan Milstein.

10. August 2018

Lucerne Festival Online


10. August 2018

Change of conductor and program

Please note the following change of conductor and program for the concerts of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam on 5 and 6 September:

06. August 2018

Childhood Blog

What was childhood like for the great composers? Did they start their musical careers early?

31. July 2018

Changes of Program and Updates for the 2018 Summer Festival

By the time our Festival program must go to the printer, many work titles and programming items are not yet fixed. There may also on occasion be a change of program or a postponement.

17. July 2018

Change of Musician

Because of his many commitments, Sir András Schiff will limit himself to performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Op. 27, Nos. 1 and 2 during Symphony Concert 4 (the räsonanz Donor Concert) on 20 August.

10. July 2018

Lucerne Festival on tour

The Lucerne Festival Orchestra to spend a week in residence in Shanghai in October 2018, following the ensemble’s appearance at the Teatro alla Scala under Music Director Riccardo Chailly

02. July 2018

Program Piano Festival 2018

Get yourself in the mood by taking a look at our program overview of the 2018 Piano Festival! Tickets go on sale starting 6 August, 12.00 noon (Lucerne time)

28. June 2018

Day by Day 2018

The Day by Day Festival Guide contains information about all of the concerts in the Summer Festival. An overview page allows you to see all events on a given day at a glance.

18. June 2018

Fritz Gerber Award 2018

The saxophonist Sara Zazo Romero, the violinist Alexandre Guy, and the percussionist Thomas Soldati have received the Fritz Gerber Foundation Award.

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