Lots of things have happened since the rapturous reports about the first Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in 1981. Gidon Kremer’s idea of the episodic exposure of the over-commercalized music industry has long since become firmly established and makes Lockenhaus the centre of the chamber music world for two weeks each year.
The New York Times considers Lockenhaus to be one of the best festivals of the world and reports that it has become European cultural heritage with a worldwide programmatic influence.
One thing is for sure: Far away from the big concert stages, Lockenhaus provides the opportunity for musical experiments at the highest level. In Lockenhaus, ensembles may form specifically to work on a certain compostion, established groups may temporarily disband, and all of the participating musicians have the opportunity to work together in a variety of groupings. The detailed programme is only determined on site by Gidon Kremer during the rehearsals at the festival, guaranteeing spontaneity and the renowned first-class quality at the same time.
In the Liszt year 2011, Lockenhaus celebrates 30 years of finest chamber music.
To celebrate this anniversary with Franz Liszt who, born only a few kilometres from Lockenhaus, had a worldwide influence just like the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, is a real delight
St. Nikolaus Church Lockenhaus
Old monestery Lockenhaus
€ 15.00 to € 30.00