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Festival: Bolzano Festival Bozen


July 25 – September 6, 2019

Due to its geographical location and particular history, Bolzano, situated in the heart of Europe surrounded by the splendour of the UNESCO Heritage protected Dolomite mountains, has always been a melting pot. From this unique mix of Austrian-German, Italian and Ladin culture the city draws its very own, distinct flavour. It seems to be no coincidence that the place was twice picked for musical initiative of highest ambitions that aimed both at artistic excellence and at representing the spirit and values of a united, peaceful Europe. It is here that in 1949 an illustrious group of outstanding artists and educators endorsed the foundation of Busoni Piano Competition, pursuing and honouring the spirit of the great pianist, composer and universal intellectual Ferruccio Busoni. Many outstanding artists have emerged from the competition, among them Alfred Brendel, Martha Argerich, Jörg Demus, Louis Lortie and Garrick Ohlsson, to name just a few.

Less than 3 decades later, Bolzano's qualities were again noted by one of the great Maestros of the 20th century - the late Claudio Abbado. He chose the city as a summer residence for two of his most precious educational initiatives: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and European Union Youth Orchestra. Thousands of outstanding young musicians have spent a substantial amount of their summers here, rehearsing for their tours to the continent's most important festivals, but also playing concerts to the city's own, enthusiastic and loyal audience. Later, the range of activities supporting the education of the continent's most promising young musicians was completed by Gustav Mahler Academy.

Bolzano has been thoughtfully taking care of this precious heritage. Nearly two decades ago, the city merged all this institutions to the platform of Bolzano Festival Bozen. A platform for classical music, uniting not only the youth orchestras and the excellence of the piano competition, but also Antiqua, the festival for Early Music, one of the oldest and most renowned of its kind in Italy. Under the guidance of eminent artists, the city has become a hub for extraordinarily gifted musicians.

For full information, visit the Bolzano Festival Bozen website.

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© Bolzano Festival Bozen / Luca Guadagnini
Gustav Mahler Academy Orchestra; Marc Minkowski

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© Bolzano Festival Bozen
European Union Youth Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Miah Persson; Theresa Kronthaler; Norbert Ernst; Leon Košavić

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© Chris Lee
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