What should we call them? An exclusive club? Or perhaps better: an international network? Or simply the ambassadors of LUCERNE FESTIVAL? All of these descriptions are perfectly apt for the Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, which currently comprises about 500 members. For almost 50 years the Friends have been united by one shared belief: art, and in particular classical music, is their passion. They want to support and promote it.

Stiftung Freunde

Since its founding in 1966, the Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL has made supporting the work of one of the world’s most renowned classical music festivals its goal. The moral and financial support that is obtained through this non-profit organization is invaluable for LUCERNE FESTIVAL. The contributions made by the Friends amount to approximately eight percent of the total budget, thereby contributing significantly to the Festival’s financial security and sustainability.

The international friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL come predominantly from Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Spain, Israel, Hong Kong, from the United States and from Japan.


LUCERNE FESTIVAL would like to thank all of its Friends for their their generous support. We especially acknowledge the following with great appreciation:
Thomas Abegg | Nachlass Ernest I. Ascher | Baloise Holding AG | Regula Bibus-Waser | Marco Corvi | Projekt Villa Serdang | Berthold Herrmann und Dr. Mariann Grawe-Gerber | Oswald J. Grübel | Yann und Sabine Guyonvarc’h | Dr. Rudolf W. Hug | Dr. Klaus Jenny | Dr. Christoph M. Müller und Sibylla M. Müller | Makoto Nakao | Lutz und Christiane Peters I Dr. Annemarie S. Reynolds | Charlotte Scheidegger-Vonlanthen | Carla Schwöbel-Braun | Margrit Wullschleger-Schmidlin


Anyone who is involved in the Friends has only to gain, for membership offers numerous benefits. As a member you belong to the Festival’s “inner circle,” you are allowed access behind the scenes and you get to meet artists. The Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL offers you an international platform to establish and maintain contacts among like-minded peers and important figures, which shared musical experiences help to solidify.

Overview of the memberships
© Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL

The team of the Foundation Friends

Isabelle Köhler
Relationship Manager

Sarah Amstad
Junior Manager Sponsorship and Friends | Management Young and Little Friends

Claudia Cavallari
Administration and individual support


Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Hirschmattstrasse 13 | P.O. | CH-6002 Lucerne
+41 41 226 44 51

Bank details
Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL | Credit Suisse AG
CH68 0483 5095 9050 3100 0 | Clearing number: 4835 | BIC: CRESCHZZ80A

© Patrick Hürlimann/LUCERNE FESTIVAL


Become a member now and experience the world's best orchestras and artists at the KKL Lucerne for CHF 50 only and benefit from an exclusive supporting programme!

News and Review

Here you will be informed about news, upcoming events and activities of the Young Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL. You will also find registration forms for our programmes as well as current pictures.


About the Young Friends

Are you into music — and do you especially enjoy going to concerts with people like yourself? Would you like to delve deeper into the world of classical music, take a peek behind the scenes, and share your experiences with other music lovers? Then join up with the Young Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL!

The Young Friends are a network of young adults interested in music and culture. We organize shared concert trips — all supplemented with exclusive introductions and backstage conversations as well as visits to rehearsals and workshops that give you the opportunity to enjoy a more thorough encounter with the programs and artists.

Become a member

Anyone up to the age of 39 years can become a member of the Young Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL. With your annual member contribution of CHF 200 (CHF 100 for students) you can take advantage of ticket discounts, since all Young Friends events uniformly cost CHF 50. 

Become a MemberRegistration Form


Sarah Amstad
Management Young Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Hirschmattstrasse 13
CH-6002 Luzern
+41 41 226 44 51

American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Thanks to the American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, the Festival and the Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL have gained an international standing. The non-profit organisation was founded in 2002 in New York.

About the American Friends

The Organisation sees its mission as making it possible for the most talented music students from the most renowned conservatoires in the United States to attend the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Board Members of the American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL are:

Alan B. Vickery, Chairman | Richard Matlaga, Treasurer and Secretary | Stanley Bergman | Yefim Bronfman | Michael Haefliger 

Mitglied werden

By making a contribution to the American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, you will help support its mission to have a lasting impact in the U.S. by enabling American students to attend the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Switzerland. Through your donation you will become part of the international and exclusive circle of the Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL and will be able to take advantage of attractive benefits.

Checks should be made payable to American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL | P.O. Box 326 | Chatham, NJ 07928 | United States of America

Memberships at a glance

Gala Fundraising Event of the American Friends

Contributions to the American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL are collected annually at a Gala Fundraising Event and the donor automatically becomes a Friend of LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

Recent events


American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL
P.O. Box 326
Chatham, NJ 07928
Telefon +1 917-710-1956

Eventsponsoren 2019

Lead Sponsor of the Gala Event
Co-Sponsor of the Gala Event

Academy Circle
Albert Behler | The Kovner Foundation | Sotheby’s | Alan and Christine Vickery

Student Advocate

Student Supporter
Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort

Nicolette Bingham | Laurence and Michèle Corash | Laurie Cronin | Lucerne Business - Wirtschaftsförderung Luzern | Steven and Keiko Kaplan | Howard L. Kaye | Elise Kirk | Gil Shiva | Michael Frazier Thompson