The Stage Is Set for Summer!

More than 100 concerts, all in four weeks. Enjoy the international stars of classical music right in the heart of Switzerland.

Summer Festival


Asian tour

The Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s First Tour with Riccardo Chailly in October 2017. Stops on their major Asian tour to include Tokyo, Kawasaki, Kyoto, Seoul, and Beijing.

On Tour


New DVD: Chailly Conducts Mahler’s Eighth

In the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly launched his tenure as Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA with Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand.” The live recording of this inspiring concert has just been released.


Wed, 23.08.

“Artiste étoile” Particia Kopatchinskaja will perform Bartók’s Second Violin Concert – and explore the folk music roots of the composer’s inspiration.

Summer Festival


In Tones of Highest praise

Thu, 07.09.

He’s the epitome of bel canto: no one can sing more beautifully, more sensitively,
and with more accomplishment than the tenor from Peru. Which is why acclaim for this singer has been, fttingly, in tones of highest praise.

Summer Festival


Bruckner’s Unfnished

Mon, 04.09.

Everything has an end, except for Bruckner’s last symphony: Daniele Gatti conducts Bruckner’s Ninth, which is dedicated to “dear God.”

Summer Festival


First Lady

Sun, 03.09.

In Birmingham they’ve always had a good nose for talent: Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons both began their international careers there. Now Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla follows in their footsteps as the CBSO’s frst female Music Director.

Summer Festival


"Identity" or Who Am I?

Identity exists only in the plural. In the summer of 2017 LUCERNE FESTIVAL will be devoted to an urgently topical and political theme.

Summer Festival




Nine days of keyboard wizardry

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Easter Festival


The perfect way to get in the mood for the Easter season!

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. Sign up for our reminder and you will receive an e-mail reminder a few days before tickets go on sale.


24. July 2017

Ark Nova

For the first time in Tokyo: Lucerne Festival Ark Nova, September 19-4 October 2017

23. June 2017

Program Piano Festival

Get yourself in the mood by taking a look at our program overview of the 2017 Piano-Festival! Tickets go on sale starting 2 August, 12.00 noon (Lucerne time)

21. June 2017

Day by Day

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.

16. May 2017

The History of the Festival in Sound

The latest CD release in the Historic Performances series is here. It focuses on the conductor Carl Schuricht.

11. May 2017


Strotter Inst. is this year’s winner of the “Soundzz.z.zzz…z” Competition.

25. April 2017


Michel van der Aa's Blank Out will now take place on 13 August at 16.00

20. April 2017

Fritz-Gerber-Award 2017

Alice Belugou, Hana Hobiger, and Rahel Kohler are the winners of the 2017 Fritz Gerber Award

12. April 2017

Easter Festival 2017

Highlights of Lucerne Festival at Easter 2016

20. March 2017

A conversation with Wolfgang Rihm

On 8 April LUCERNE FESTIVAL will present the Swiss premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's "Requiem-Strophen." In an interview with Max Nyffeler, Rihm talks about his new work ...

16. March 2017

Festival History

Want to learn more about the history and stories behind LUCERNE FESTIVAL? Take a look at our summary, where you can find out what happened, for example, throughout the 1980s.

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