The Lucerne Festival Orchestra and its Musical Director Riccardo Chailly, 2022 © Priska Ketterer / Lucerne Festival
The Lucerne Festival Orchestra and its Musical Director Riccardo Chailly, 2022 © Priska Ketterer / Lucerne Festival

In the summer of 2023, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the de luxe orchestra, which was introduced to the public for the first time on 14 August 2003 under the baton of Claudio Abbado, celebrates its 20th birthday.

Anniversary events

The 20th anniversary of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will be celebrated both inside and outside the concert hall. Look forward to artist talks, concert highlights in the cinema, and a photo exhibition in the KKL foyer. Plus you get to meet the orchestra after the opening concert on the Inseli!

  • Classic at the cinema: Great moments from 20 years of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra

    To mark the orchestra’s 20th anniversary, Lucerne's “stattkino” will screen a total of seven recordings of historically significant concerts between 9 and 20 August; these concerts were conducted by Claudio Abbado or Riccardo Chailly and will be accompanied by personal interviews with the figures involved.


    Cinema program

    09.08.2023 | 18.30 | stattkino
    Abbado conducts Mahler’s Second (2003)

    10.08.2023 | 18.30 | stattkino
    Abbado conducts Mahler and Wagner (2011) | “Claudio Abbado: Hearing the Silence” (2003)

    13.08.2023 | 14.30 | stattkino
    Abbado conducts Mahler’s Ninth (2010)

    15.08.2023 | 11.00 | stattkino
    Abbado conducts Brahms, Beethoven and Schönberg (2013)

    15.08.2023 | 16.00 | stattkino
    Chailly conducts Mahler’s Eighth (2016)

    19.08.2023 | 14.30 | stattkino
    Chailly conducts Ravel (2018)

    20.08.2023 | 16.00 | stattkino
    Chailly conducts Mozart and Schubert (2021)


  • ... even more special events

    11.08.2023 | ca. 21.30 | Buvette on the «Inseli» (weather permitting)
    «Meet the Orchestra»
    Meet the musicians of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra after the Opening Concert at the «Inseli» park, behind the KKL Luzern!

    14.08.2023 | 18.00 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Panel discussion «20 Jahre Lucerne Festival Orchestra»
    A panel discussion (in German) with Annette zu Castell, Wolfram Christ, Reinhold Friedrich, Michael Haefliger, and Veronika Hagen. Hosted by Susanne Staehr.

As a special gift, all Lucerne residents who are also celebrating their 20th birthday this year will receive free tickets to selected Lucerne Festival Orchestra concerts (while supplies last)!

Videos for the orchestra jubilee


Even more about the anniversary in our online magazine

20 years Lucerne Festival Orchestra