Four Weeks Filled with Music

The Summer Festival has started! Enjoy the international stars of classical music – right in the heart of Switzerland.

Overview of the entire program:

Summer Festival


Victor Hanna instead of Martin Grubinger

Sat, 27.08.

Martin Grubinger has unfortunately had to cancel his appearance at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL concert on 27 August for personal reasons. We are pleased that we were able to engage Victor Hanna on short notice to be the soloist for the world premiere of Olga Neuwirth's Percussion Concerto, which is titled "Trurliade – Zone Zero."

Summer Festival


Memorial Concert: Aurèle Nicolet

Sat, 27.08.

The flutist Aurèle Nicolet died on 22 January at the age of 90. He was closely associated with the Festival through his numerous performances as a soloist and a longterm member of the Swiss Festival Orchestra. On 27 August we will honor this great artist with a special concert including new works composed in his memory by Heinz Holliger and Jürg Wyttenbach.

Summer Festival


Alma & Gustav

Thu, 01.09.

Marital bliss, marital crisis: Yannick Nézet-Séguin pairs Gustav Mahler’s Tenth Symphony with lieder by his wife Alma.

Summer Festival


Dream Team

Sun, 04.09.

Isabelle Faust and Bernard Haitink: that’s a combination promising pure magic! This summer they join to perform Dvořák’s dazzling Violin Concerto.

Summer Festival


Bruckner Legend

Mon, 05.09.

Powerful climaxes, mighty blocks of sound: Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bruckner’s monumental Fifth Symphony – with spirit, insight, and immense experience.

Summer Festival


Musical Family Portrait

Wed, 07.09.

Kirill Petrenko conducts Richard Strauss’s “Sinfonia domestica,” a portrait of the composer’s family in orchestral surround-sound.

Summer Festival



The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and Matthias Pintscher head to Hamburg on their tour.

Piano Festival


A glimmer of light in late November grey: lasting nine days, Lucerne’s Piano Festival attracts the top talents of the international keyboard scene – both legendary masters and emerging stars – to the idyllic setting of Lake Lucerne.

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Easter Festival


A Spectacular Start to the Festival Year: The Easter Festival includes a focus on sacred music, whether in the KKL or through concerts in the atmospheric ambience of Lucerne’s churches.


22. July 2016

Interview with Anne-Sophie Mutter

It’s hard to believe: Anne-Sophie Mutter is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her debut at LUCERNE FESTIVAL! An interview with the great German violinist.

19. July 2016

Memorial Concert: Aurèle Nicolet zu Ehren

The flutist Aurèle Nicolet died on 22 January at the age of 89. The flutist Aurèle Nicolet died on 22 January at the age of 89.

07. June 2016

Ligeti Forward

Last weekend, the Alumni and Alan Gilbert performed Ligeti Forward, a series of three concerts as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL in New York in cooperation with MetLiveArts!

24. May 2016

Nelsons Conducts Mahler

Last summer, Andris Nelsons and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA preformed works by Haydn and Mahler. And now their stirring interpretations are available on DVD.

24. May 2016

The History of the Festival in Sound

The latest CD in the Historic Performances series is here. And what a case it makes for rediscovering a great conductor of the past: Paul Kletzki.

10. May 2016

Recital - Organ

The Organ Recital with Iveta Apkalna on 3 September 2016 has had to be rescheduled from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm. Tickets which have been purchased remain valid or can be returned at the original point of purchase.

21. April 2016

Interview mit Herbert Blomstedt

«In Leipzig ist der Gewandhauskapellmeister die wichtigste Person nach dem Bürgermeister». Herbert Blomstedt über seine enge Beziehung zum traditionsreichen Gewandhausorchester, mit dem er am 5. und 6. September in Luzern gastiert.

18. April 2016

Salle Modulable

Gemeinsam für ein neues Theater Luzern. Der offizielle Kurzfilm zum Projekt.

12. April 2016

Memorial Concert for Pierre Boulez

If you missed the Memorial Concert for Pierre Boulez in which about 120 Alumni of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY participated last month in Lucerne, please watch this video to see what it was all about.

08. April 2016

The Easter Festival 2016

Highlights of this year's Easter Festival, presented by our Artistic and Executive Director, Michael Haefliger.

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