Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08. - 13.09.2020


The 2020 Festival theme

Joy abounds! LUCERNE FESTIVAL celebrates the 2020 Beethoven Year as a great festival of joy that unites us all. And that reconciles what is so often in danger of disintegrating.

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Rebecca Saunders


Journey into the sound’s interior: composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders is a tireless explorer of sonic possibilities.

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Rebecca Saunders © Astrid Ackermann

Beethoven Day | 30 August

LUCERNE FESTIVAL celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven with a day full of music!

Beethoven Day

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

The 2020 Summer Festival turns the spotlight on Ludwig van Beethovens, whose 250th birthday we are celebrating with the international stars of classical music. Among the highlights will be exemplary performances of all nine symphonies.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter © TheJapan Art Association/The Sankei Shimbun
Pierre Boulez

Kosmos Boulez

In a comprehensive homage that will stretch over several years, LUCERNE FESTIVAL is rediscovering works by Pierre Boulez, the founder of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, which were withdrawn during his lifetime.

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Hölderlin (with Beethoven)

Poetry meets music: Ludwig van Beethoven and Friedrich Hölderlin, each of whom is being celebrated for a milestone anniversary in 2020, never meet in person. LUCERNE FESTIVAL will set up an insightful dialogue between their late works.

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Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra

Music for Future

11 – 15 August 2020

Classical music is not only something for grownups. Even before the Opening Concert, young people from all over the world will put us in the mood for four weeks of music!

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Check out a concert on the spur of the moment!

A relaxed way to enjoy LUCERNE FESTIVAL

LUCERNE FESTIVAL is more than the symphony concerts that take place in the evening. It also means the open-air concerts on the shore of Lake Lucerne, talks, and 40min, the series of short concerts: these make the entire city reverberate with the Festival mood. 


More than a musical appetizer and yet not as long as a complete concert: set aside 40 minutes to enjoy some music.

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Opening Concert

Live Streaming of the Opening Concert on the Big Screen on 14 August.

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In the Streets

The small but excellent world music festival within the Festival has Lucerne's old city echoing with music.

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Let's Talk About Music!

The more you know, the more you can hear: presentations, panel discussions, and concert introductions enrich your experience of the music.

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Our social media channels give you additional perspectives on the Summer Festival programming - through live streams, brief videos, audio podcasts, and interviews.


“Beethoven NINE!”

A remix of the “Ninth” between KKL and Lucerne Theater, in the streets and in the squares of the city.

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London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle © Peter Fischli/LUCERNE FESTIVAL

From the Recital to the Symphony Concert

International classical music stars in the heart of Switzerland

Four-and-a-half weeks of world class music: experience the legedary conductors, the solo virtuosos, and of course the matchless "parade" of top international orchestras.

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Master Classes

LUCERNE FESTIVAL was never a mere way station. Ever since the Festival was founded, the great musicians who have performed here have always regarded Lucerne as a refuge, far removed from the hubbub of routine teaching, where they can share and pass on their knowledge and experience to the younger generation – from Edwin Fischer, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, and Rafael Kubelík to today.
Composer Seminar
Wolfgang Rihm © Stefan Deuber
© Patrick Hürlimann/LUCERNE FESTIVAL


Concerts for children and families

Exciting and age-appropriate concerts speically aimed at children and young people – and all this at family-friendly prices: an ideal way for young listeners to find their way into the world of music!
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Special Offers & Discounts

  • Look | Listen | Enjoy – Together at the Concert

    When purchasing a ticket for selected events, adults will receive two free tickets of the same
    value to bring their young companions (children, grandchildren, godchildren, etc.) to the concert for free.

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  • Special Offers & Discounts for students

    School and university students can obtain discounted tickets for CHF 20 at the box office right before the concert and when buying tickets in advance. And with the "5 for 4" voucher, five discounted ticket vouchers can be purchased for the price of four. Tickets for selected concerts at a reduced price of CHF 20 are now on sale at the end of June. 

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