Moritzburg Festival:
9 – 24 August 2014

Artistic Director: Jan Vogler

We are delighted to announce that Daniela Schadt has taken on the patronage of the 2014 Moritzburg Festival.


Dear Friends of Chamber Music,

A new Moritzburg Festival programme always means setting off on new adventures, meeting new Festival artists, new venues and new, rarely performed pieces as well. This year, after a long wait, I am even able to announce a new piece to be premiered: our Composer-in-Residence, David Philip Hefti, who has just recently received the Siemens award, has written a new string sextet for us, a musical form which was masterfully cultivated by Brahms and magnificently refined by Tchaikovsky. David Philip Hefti was also inspired by Käthe and Peter Kollwitz. The piece came about through a cooperation with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York) and the Käthe Kollwitz House in Moritzburg.

This theme takes us straight back to the common thread that is woven through this year’s programme. You will be able to discover many works that were inspired by folk music from past centuries. Whether Brahms, Martinů or Haydn, these wonderful folk melodies have stimulated the creativity of generations of composers. In our colourful programme you can experience some of the most beautiful chamber music works of this tradition in wonderful Festival venues. This year we will be playing in the atmospheric church in Steinbach near Moritzburg for the first time, which offers the ideal space for solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Another large project is the performance of “The Art of the Fugue” in Dresden’s Frauenkirche. The actress Marie Bäumer will perform in this concert, adding the perspective of Anna Magdalena Bach to this enigmatic masterpiece.

The Festival Academy for young musicians has developed incredibly over the past few years, not least due to the many outstanding conductors who bring the Festival Orchestra into a tight-knight and often impressive ensemble within just a few days. I am delighted to welcome Heinrich Schiff to Moritzburg as our conductor this year. As a cellist he has taken all the great concert halls of the world by storm, while as a teacher he has shaped almost three generations of cellists and string players in general. As our conductor he will bring all of his experiences together into an impressive message for the young Academy participants.

I wish you a wonderful summer of music.

Yours Jan Vogler

New CD "Dichterliebe"

The new Festival CD "Dichterliebe" featuring Jan Vogler, Hélène Grimaud and various other Moritzburg Festival artists is out now. More

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