The three categories “Symphony,” “Contemporary,” and “Music For Future” represent the focal points of the Festival’s programming.Discover our divisions
The central festival takes place in summer from mid-August to mid-September and offers a widely varied range of approximately 100 concerts and related events. Each Summer Festival features a guiding theme that runs dramaturgically through the programming. The Festival presents a diverse array of formats, including symphony concerts, chamber music, recitals, debuts, late night events, and much more. Flanking the Summer Festival are short festivals, one each in spring and fall: a spring residency featuring the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and “Lucerne Festival Forward,” which takes place in November. “Lucerne Festival Forward” is artistically and conceptually designed by musicians from the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO). In May 2023, a fourth festival will be added. This will be a three-day Piano Festival curated by the pianist Igor Levit. The KKL Luzern, designed by Jean Nouvel and equally renowned for its acoustics and architecture, is Lucerne Festival’s central venue.
Lucerne Festival is one of the world’s leading classical music festivals. We are committed to the highest degree of artistic quality and aim to inspire our audiences at home and abroad, from young people to the elderly. We make groundbreaking cross-connections between tradition and innovation and champion the emerging generation of musicians and the music of our time while at the same time safeguarding artistic and financial independence.
Conditions That Are Optimal for Art
We are an international music festival built on artistic ideals. Art is our love and our passion; music is the focus of what we do. Our goal is to offer artists optimal conditions for their creative work and performances.
Open and creative dialogue with our audience at home and abroad is a central pillar of our work. We aim to entice our audience away from everyday routine and encourage their fascination with art in all of its facets.
Art as Experience
We create the possibility for emotionally resonant exchanges to occur between works, performers, and the audience. Art has the power to unleash emotions, touch on social issues, stimulate discussion, provoke, or simply entertain and inspire. Art represents an open-minded society that engages in continual dialogue about its values and ideals.
Commitment to Quality
Quality and excellence are always our highest priorities. Together with the artists we invite here, we realize a program that not only addresses the works of the classical tradition with fresh interpretive standards but also promotes contemporary creativity. In the process, we also pursue unconventional paths and are open to the latest developments in art.
For more than 20 years, Lucerne Festival has been committed to sustainability: for the coming generation of artists, for tomorrow's audiences, for contemporary music, for diversity and social engagement in music, and recently for climate action as well.