Susanna Mälkki © © Jiyang Chen
Susanna Mälkki © © Jiyang Chen
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra | Susanna Mälkki | Andreas Haefliger


Dieter Ammann in conversation with Mark Sattler (KKL Luzern, Auditorium, in German)

Kaija Saariaho (*1952)
Vista for orchestra
Dieter Ammann (*1962)
The Piano Concerto (Gran Toccata)
Swiss premiere
Co-commissioned by the Munich Philharmonic, BBC Radio 3, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Vienna, Lucerne Festival, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Helvetia
Per Nørgård (*1932)
Symphony No. 8
Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Tapiola, Op. 112

Partner "räsonanz" – Donor Concert


You can almost lean into the curves as fast as if you’re in a sports car with this music, raves the conductor Susanna Mälkki. And the music critic Anna Kardos wrote: “If Easy Rider hadn’t been a movie but a piece of classical music – it probably would have sounded like this.” With its driving grooves, breathtaking virtuosity, and lavish sonic fantasy, Dieter Ammann’s piano concerto Gran Toccata has become a veritable hit of contemporary music in the three years since its premiere. Now it is finally being performed in Switzerland – together with three works that will make the aurora borealis glimmer in the Lucerne Festival sky. In his final great orchestral work, named after the Finnish forest god Tapio, Jean Sibelius evoked Nordic nature: “We are completely under the spell of the gloomy pine forests; we hear the howling winds whose icy tones seem to come from the North Pole itself,” observed the conductor Walter Damrosch. The Finnish Kaija Saariaho and the Dane Per Nørgård also create colorful, shimmering soundscapes.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

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  • Cloakroom

    There are coat checkrooms not only in the basement, but also on the 2nd and 4th floors. Handbags up to a size of 42 x 29.7 x 29.7 cm (A3) may be taken into the concert hall. All larger bags and luggage as well as other bulky items must be checked for a fee of CHF 5.00 per item. For security reasons, coats and jackets may also not be taken into the concert hall and can be left at the checkroom free of charge.

  • Wheelchair seating

    The main concert hall of the KKL Lucerne has six wheelchair spaces available on special terms. Accompanying persons cannot be assured of obtaining a seat in the same price range or in the general vicinity.

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  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The main KKL Concert Hall opens 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert. For the sake of the musicians and the audience, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission or at the discretion of the Concert Hall staff. In certain instances concerts will have no intermission and allow no latecomers.

    If the concert is missed on account of late arrival, tickets will not be refunded.

  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    From 4th August to 11th September, enjoy refreshing drinks and Mediterranean delicacies in a summery ambience, among olive trees and fresh herbs, with a wonderful view over Lake Lucerne and Lucerne's old town. Combine culinary delights and culture with the "Summer Lounge Ouverture Apéro Package". The perfect opening of your concert evening at this year's Summer Festival of Lucerne Festival. More

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism