Mozartfest 2023

Fascination Mozart

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: the man, the musician, the composer - he inspires, he provokes, he fascinates to this day. The exploration of his work, the person and his artistic legacy have been the nucleus of the Mozartfest Würzburg for over 100 years.

From 2 June to 2 July 2023, the 2023 season provides 84 opportunities to experience Mozart's music in a great variety of concerts. Whether orchestral concerts in the Kaisersaal, chamber music martinées in the Fürstensaal, the Nachtmusiken in the Hofgarten, unconventional formats in vaulted cellars and engine houses or sounding new discoveries on one of the more than 30 stages: inspiring musical experiences and scholarly discourse illuminate Mozart through the burning glass of this year's motto speculate - study - reflect: Fascination Mozart.

55 pieces from Mozart's pen have been included in the programme - 55 opportunities to experience the outstanding compositional quality, the timelessness, the "Fascination Mozart" in concerts created exclusively for Würzburg. But the programme is not just about the listening and experiencing of music; an essential part of the festival is also the discourse. This unity of virtuoso sound art, programmatic finesse, scholarly debate and mediation also characterises the artistic identity of Ragna Schirmer, Artiste étoile of the 2023 season.

Music of the future

Classical symphony concerts in a baroque atmosphere as well as curiosity and the courage to cross boundaries are essential for the continuity and growth of the traditional classical music festival. Initiated last season, this year's "Freispiel" is once again offering a platform for new approaches to classical music. Whether it's a dating concert, a disco, the MozartExotikum or the ""temptations"" in the residence wine cellar: here, the experience of classical music is tried out in new formats.

Mozart encounters

The MozartLabor is celebrating its 10th anniversary: from 17 to 20 June, the Himmelspforten Retreat House will once again be the setting and home of the search for traces, science and mediation. Alongside leading academics and artists, 38 scholarship holders in the sections "Music and Media", "Cultural Journalism", "Concert Design", "Who am I - Music as a Profession" as well as the chamber music section and musicology of the University of Würzburg will explore the motto in all its facets.

In early summer, Mozart is a permanent part of the city's culture and has its place in the M PopUp. From 3rd June to 1st July, a shop in the city centre will become a space for Mozart. Pianist and concert designer Hanni Liang and her students at the Munich University of Music have curated the themes and corresponding workshops and activities for this year's M PopUp. "StadtBegegnungen" is the motto and invites the city to take some Mozart breathing time. Here, but also at every other event, people will meet to experience music and exchange ideas - a Mozartfest contribution to Würzburg's campaign year "Generations in Dialogue". Participation in classical music shapes the Mozartfest more than before in the 2023 season and points to its future.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

As of 27.1.2023

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Program Facets

The Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, churches, monasteries, wineries, palace gardens or industrial monuments are the stages for a multi-faceted cornucopia of events in which the focus is on shared appreciation and exploring aural sublimities.

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