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New Music Director at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

Harpsichordist and Conductor Ottavio Dantone will lead the festival between 2024 and 2028


Italian harpsichordist and conductor Ottavio Dantone will lead the Innsbruck Early Music Festival between 2024 and 2028 as the new Music Director. His appointment follows a restructuring of the festival's leadership: he will work alongside an executive commercial director and an artistic director to bring the festival to the public.

Dantone was the first Italian instrumentalist to be awarded first prize in the two most important harpsichord competitions in the world — the Paris International Competition (1985) and the Bruges International Competition (1986).

Since 1996, he has been musical director of Ravenna's Accademia Bizantina Orchestra. With them, he has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Berlin and Vienna Konzerthaus, The Barbican Centre in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

As a conductor, Dantone has appeared with orchestras including the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Orchestre national de France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, and the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

"We are excited about the challenges and discoveries ahead, which are so emblematic of the Innsbruck Festival," Dantone said alongside Artistic Director designate Mag. Eva-Maria Sens. "Together we want to develop ideas to give our audiences and artists access to the truest emotions in music, as well as to develop perspectives on the origins of early music and its relationship to our times."

"Ottavio Dantone is an artist of international renown and has already thrilled Innsbruck Festival audiences several times with his ensemble Accademia Bizantina," said Dr. Beate Palfrader, the Provincial Councillor for Culture. "We are convinced that with his musical expertise and charisma he will give important new impulses to the Early Music Festival."

"The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music is of enormous importance for the cultural life of the city," said Georg Willi, the mayor of Innsbruck. "At the same time, the Festival Weeks have evolved with the world since their inception. Today we look forward to the future with excitement and look forward to numerous, further top-class events in the years to come."

upcoming events

july 2024

16julAll Day27Johann Sebastian Bach International Cello & Baroque Cello Competition(All Day) Thomaskirche Leipzig, Thomaskirchhof, Thomaskirchhof 18, 04109 Leipzig, GermanyEvent Type :competitions Event TagsBaroque Cello Competition,Cello Competition,Johann Sebastian Bach International Cello Competition

august 2024

19augAll Day24Tibor Varga International Junior Violin Competition(All Day) Ferme-Asile, Promenade des Pêcheurs 10 1950 Sion SuisseEvent Type :competitions Event Tagscompetition,Tibor Varga

22augAll Day01sepKloster Schöntal International Violin Competition(All Day) Schöntal Monastery, Klosterhof 6, 74214 Schöntal, GermanyEvent Type :competitions Event TagsKloster Schöntal International Violin Competition

26augAll Day30London Classic Violin Competition(All Day) Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2BS, United KingdomEvent Type :competitions Event TagsClassic Violin Olympus International Competition,violin competition

30augAll Day01sepBanff International String Quartet Festival(All Day) The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Box 1020 Banff T1L 1H5 Canada Event Type :Other Event TagsBanff International String Quartet Festival,string quartet


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