Summer Festivities of Early Music are the largest and oldest continually running festival focussing on historical performing arts organised in Prague. Since its establishment in 2000 it has become acknowledged for its carefully prepared, thematic programming and for the high level of performance guaranteed by some of the foremost specialists – instrumentalists and ensembles, vocal artists, conductors, dance and theatre companies – from various countries around the world. Many festival projects introduce historical music in modern Czech or world premieres.
Founded in 1948, Festival International de Musique de Besançon is one of France’s oldest and most respected music festivals. Although it programmes recitals and chamber music, the symphonic repertoire embodies the festival’s true spirit, drawing great conductors such as Cluytens, Schuricht and Dutoit. This reputation was bolstered in 1951 with the international competition for young conductors, which quickly became the most prestigious event of its kind and has launched many conducting careers.
Famous orchestras, legendary conductors, and virtuoso soloists join together three times a year on the idyllic location of Lake Lucerne to celebrate the joy of music. In the concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel, which is renowned for its phenomenal acoustics and its exquisite architecture alike, they encounter an audience that is no less international and sophisticated. Some 110,000 visitors annually make the trip to Lucerne to experience one of the most exquisite and storied music festivals and to hear the international stars of classical music right in the heart of Switzerland.