The Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL

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.

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 Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL is an organization of private supporters who are provided with a legal status and institutional framework of their own through the Foundation. 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.

About the Foundation Friends

Patrons of the Foundation Friends

LUCERNE FESTIVAL is grateful to all of its Friends for their long-standing and loyal support. We would especially like to thank our following patrons:

Thomas Abegg | Nachlass Ernest I. Ascher | Prof. Dr. Dr. Herbert Batliner | Albert Behler | Jörg G. Bucherer | Coralma Stiftung, Meggen | Oswald J. Grübel | Yann und Sabine Guyonvarc’h | Happel Foundation, Luzern | International Music and Art Foundation, Liechtenstein | Dr. Klaus Jenny | Josef Müller Stiftung, Muri | Dr. Christoph M. Müller und Sibylla M. Müller | Michael Pieper | Charlotte Scheidegger-Vonlanthen | Thomas Schmidheiny | Carla Schwöbel-Braun

The advantages of a membership

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. All contributions and donations are generally tax deductible, whether in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, or the United States.

Support the Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL and offer a valuable contribution to one of the world’s most remarkable Festivals.

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

Overview of the memberships



Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Hirschmattstrasse 13
CH-6002 Lucerne
+41 41 226 44 52

Dr. iur. Hubert Achermann
Chairman of the Board of Trustees LUCERNE FESTIVAL and Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL


Valentina Rota
Executive Director Foundation Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL
International Private Fundraising


Sarah Amstad
Associate Manager Marketing & Communication 
Management of the Young and Little Friends

Claudia Cavallari
Management and individual support