Friends of Moritzburg Festival
The countryside of North Dresden was a popular location for hunting and courtly festivities as early as the sixteenth century. It was at this time that Moritzburg Castle was built, situated in the middle of a Baroque-style lake landscape, and later the castle was lavishly extended by Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann in the eighteenth century.
In 1993, music joined this harmonious relationship between landscape, water and architecture at Moritzburg. Three soloists from the Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra) founded the “Moritzburg Castle Chamber Music Festival”, which has since then become one of the most important music festivals in Europe. In 2001, Jan Vogler took over the general artistic direction of the Festival. Since then outstanding musicians from all corners of the world have been guests at Moritzburg and have brought a unique international feel to Saxony.
In Moritzburg Castle, you can experience chamber music in the atmosphere and environment that this music was created for. The soloists do not form the Festival ensembles until the rehearsal week, creating an excitement and a delight in playing such high quality music, which are passed directly on to the audience. For a few years certain concerts have taken place in other locations, such as the Frauenkirche or in Volkswagen’s “The Transparent Factory” in Dresden.
Just like the founding of the Festival, its funding is also largely due to private initiatives. In 1994, the Friends of the Moritzburg Festival was founded, which has since gained many music-enthusiast members. For example, thanks to a generous donation, the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival Foundation was created in 2009, which strives to support the Festival sustainably with further donations.
Become a Friend of the Festival and enjoy pre-booking rights for the regularly sold-out events! At Gala dinners and other highlights of the Festival you have the opportunity to meet outstanding soloists, who you would otherwise only see from a distance on the world's great stages. Furthermore, the “Friends of the Moritzburg Festival” is a platform for economic and social interchange, even extending to our American contributors, the Friends of Dresden Music Foundation.
Would you like to become a new Friend of the Moritzburg Festival? Please contact the Moritzburg Festival’s office. We will be pleased to provide you with further information.