Press Release: 2016 Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival

The Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival
August  6 – 21, 2016

For the 24th consecutive year, the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival brings the art of music-making to the tranquil and lush town of Moritzburg, located a short distance from Dresden (Germany). This exceptional Festival continues to bring together artists from around the world for an intense two-week exchange of musical ideas, knowledge, and passion. Festival artists perform works that explore the full range of the chamber music repertoire and push the concept of the genre to its limits.


Moritzburg Festival Academy: Celebrating 10 Years

When the Academy was founded in 2006, the goal was offer intensive musical training and support to young professional musicians. This year, forty-one musicians from around the world will come to Moritzburg to immerse themselves in chamber music, studying with Festival artists and performing throughout the Festival in small chamber groups and as part of the Festival Orchestra. The orchestra will work with Spanish conductor Josep Caballé Domenech, recently appointed General Music Director of the Staatskapelle Halle and assistant conductor Moldavan Roman Baltag.

Moritzburg Festival Featured Artists:

  • Violinists: Benjamin Beilman, Ye-Eun Choi, Chad Hoopes, Paul Huang, Annabelle Meare, Valeriy Sokolov, Kai Vogler, Mira Wang
  • Violists: Kim Kashkashian, Richard O’Neil, Lawrence Power, Pauline Sachse
  • Cellists: Norbert Anger, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Li-Wei Qin, Jan Vogler
  • Pianists: Boris Giltburg, Juho Pohjonen, Antti Siirala,
  • Flute: Adam Walker
  • Harp: Anneleen Lenaerts
  • Soprano: Sarah Wegener
  • Conductor: Josep Caballé Domenech
  • Assistant Conductor: Roman Baltag

The spectacular Schloss Moritzburg (Moritzburg Castle) is the heart of this 15-day musical journey with the Evangelische Kirche (the Lutheran Church) in Moritzburg, the Schloss Proschwitz (Proschwitz Castle) near Meissen, Volkswagen’s “Die Gläserne Manufaktur”  in Dresden, the Steinbach Church near Moritzburg and the Elbe Flugzeugwerke (Elbe aircraft factory) also offering inspiring architectural backdrops for festival concerts.

The 2016 Festival offers a pre-opening event on August 4 at the Elbe Flugzeugwerke where Jan Vogler will animate a lively behind-the-scene discussion about the Festival and Conductor Josep Caballé Domenech will lead the Academy Orchestra in excerpts from the Festival program. The Opening Concert on August 6 takes place at Volkswagen’s award-winning “Die Gläserne Manufaktur”  and feature the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra and soloists Benjamin Beilman (violin) and Jan Vogler (cello) conducted by Maestro Caballé Domenech in works by Rossini, Brahms and Schumann. Favourite events such as the Proschwitz Music Picnic in the Proschwitz Castle Park and the Long Night of Chamber Music return along with the open rehearsals, portrait concerts, a composer talk and special gala evenings.

Highlights include the Schumann Gala on August 12 at the Moritzburg Castle featuring a special dinner created by Benjamin Biedlingmaier, Executive Chef at CAROUSSEL in the famed Hotel Bülow Palais in Dresden. On August 19, music by Ravel and Saint-Saëns along with a sumptuous dinner featuring French food and wine from the cellars of the Proschwitz Castle will create a very special evening à la française.


Estonian artist Erkki-Sven Tüür is the 2016 Composer in Residence at the Festival. Composer of eight symphonies, works for symphony and string orchestra, nine instrumental concertos, a wide variety of chamber music and an opera,  “Fata Morgana“ for String Trio, String Quartet No. 2 ”Lost Prayers“ and “Prints“ for Flute and Harp will be featured on Festival programs. Tüür will also discuss his life and work with Jan Vogler in two special ‘composer talks’.


Volkswagen’s “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” is the principle sponsor of the Moritzburg Festival, continuing a fourteen-year tradition.  The Festival also appreciates the support of the Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH Dresden who provides one of their hangers exclusively to the Festival, complete with airplane, as a concert venue.

Moritzburg Festival on Tour

The Moritzburg Festival doesn’t end with the last concert on August 21 — the success of Festival concerts in New York, Seoul, Berlin, London, Cologne, Warsaw, and Wroclaw has led to the addition of regular performances ‘on tour’.  Details of the Moritzburg Festival ‘On Tour’ can be found on the Festival’s website.

Festival Recordings

The Moritzburg Festival’s award-winning discography on SONY Classical includes a recently released CD featuring Jan Vogler and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Moritzburg Festival artists performing works by Tchaikovsky, “Dichterliebe” with Hélène Grimaud, Jan Vogler and other Festival artists, released in 2013 to celebrate the Festival’s 20th anniversary, a 2-CD set of Mozart (originally released as single CD’s), Schubert’s famous Piano Quintet in A Major (The Trout) as well as five different versions of the very popular “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”), Op.32 (D.550), also by Schubert and TANGO! featuring the works of Piazzolla and Schulhoff.

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