Established in 1956 by Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Baumgartner, Festival Strings Lucerne is regarded to be one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras since decades. Highest quality, enthusiasm, the unmistakable and “golden sound” (Washington Post, 2003), also thanks to the several master instruments owned by the orchestra, as well as the long-standing
tradition sharpen the distinctive profile of Festival Strings Lucerne.
The renowned chamber orchestra regularly performs in the music centers of Europe and tours extensively throughout the world: 2002 in South Africa, 2003, 2006 and 2008 in Turkey as well as in the North America, 2000, 2004 and 2007 in South America. Festival Strings Lucerne appears at such prominent festivals as those of Prague, Eisenstadt, Ludwigsburg and Rheingau. At home, the orchestra can be heard annually at the Lucerne Festival as well as its own concert series (“Konzert Reihe Luzern”). Festival Strings Lucerne strives for a creative dialogue between early and new
music. Its broad repertoire reaches from works for string ensemble to extended chamber orchestra and from Baroque to contemporary music. During the more than 50 years of Festival Strings Lucerne’s
existence, more than 100 works of such major composers as Frank Martin, Bohuslav
Martinu, Sándor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Herbert Willi, Milko Kelemen, Peter Ruzicka and Beat Furrer have been premiered by the orchestra; most of them commissioned for Festival Strings Lucerne and its artistic directors. Festival Strings Lucerne works with most celebrated soloists as Maxim Vengerov, Sabine Meyer, Reinhold Friedrich, James Galway, Kolja Blacher, Leonidas Kavakos, Mischa Maisky, Ruth Ziesak, Martin Stadtfeld, Bernd Glemser and Alexander Lonquich. The orchestra records for Sony Classical and OehmsClassics. The Sony recording of Bach piano concertos with pianist Martin Stadtfeld has achieved the ECHO Klassik 2007 award for the best concert recording of the year. Festival Strings Lucerne’s CD productions have confirmed their outstanding reputation as a world-class ensemble with compelling programming.