“To a new world” – the Kronberg Academy Festival

Kronberg Academy invites music lovers “to a new world”, to its festival, which will take place this year from 28 September to 3 October.

International stars and top next-generation artists, who include Kronberg Academy’s young soloists, will be taking audiences on a fascinating voyage of discovery to new worlds. The violinists, viola players, cellists and pianists will be giving 21 concerts over a period of six days at eight different venues in Frankfurt and Kronberg. The concert series will be accompanied by workshops, presentations and a large exhibition with more than 20 luthiers and bowmakers as well as manufacturers of strings and accessories. Kronberg Academy’s biennial festival, launched in 1993, is a major highlight in its extensive programme of events.

World-famous musicians present young soloists

World-famous musicians will be presenting young soloists in joint concerts – in the 24th year since the first festival, this is still one of the unique features of the Kronberg Academy event. Members of the audience at concerts and workshops will have a close-up view of renowned artists sharing their passion for music and their experience with up-and-coming young professionals, encouraging them to expand their horizons and thus to enter new worlds. 

Christoph Eschenbach will set the ball rolling on 28 and 29 September, when he will take advantage of two concerts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper to present young soloists of Kronberg Academy. They will be playing works by Edward Elgar and Johannes Brahms and by Joseph Haydn, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Johannes Brahms. Tabea Zimmermann, Sir András Schiff, Fazıl Say and Kremerata Baltica will continue this series in Kronberg with cross-generational festival concerts.

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica  

Kremerata Baltica, Kronberg Academy’s Orchestra in Residence, will be performing in three concerts in this year’s festival programme. In the concert on 3 October, the string ensemble, which is made up of young musicians from the Baltic states, will be joined by Gidon Kremer, its founder and artistic director, in a celebration of their double anniversary, Gidon Kremer’s 70th birthday and Kremerata Baltica’s 20th. The concert of works by Arvo Pärt, Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert, Charles Ives, Robert Schumann and Karlheinz Stockhausen will bring this year’s festival to a sparkling conclusion. 

Multifaceted concert programme

The particular intensity of duo performances is another highlight of this year’s festival: Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Sir András Schiff and Fazıl Say (piano) will be presenting young soloists of Kronberg Academy in duos. In addition, five duo concerts have been scheduled for 1 and 2 October – with Lynn Harrell (cello) and Martin Helmchen (piano), Truls Mørk (cello) and Håvard Gimse (piano), Christian Tetzlaff (violin) and Lars Vogt (piano), Vadim Gluzman (violin) and Evgeny Sinaiski (piano), and finally with Mischa Maisky (cello) and Lily
Maisky (piano).

World stars at close quarters and an intense, direct experience of music – these special features of the Kronberg Academy Festival are made possible by the small size of most of the venues. Artists will be performing a total of 21 concerts over the six days of the festival in recitals as well as in chamber music and orchestral line-ups. The music also covers a broad spectrum, extending from pre-classical to modern music, from Boccherini via Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák to Shostakovich, Messiaen, Britten, Zimmermann, Nono and Pärt – to name just some of the composers. Promenade and “night owl” concerts with gipsy music and world music also open up stylistic windows onto new worlds; for this purpose Kronberg Academy cooperates for example with “Bridges – music connects”, a Frankfurt based project for refugee musicians. 

Venues in Frankfurt and Kronberg 

Kronberg will be rolling out the red carpet for music. A real red carpet will actually run between the venues in the centre of the little hillside town: the Stadthalle, the castle, the Johanniskirche, the Church of St Peter and St Paul and the Zehntscheune; what is more, there will be two concerts at Kronberg’s railway station. The opening concert in the Alte Oper, Frankfurt’s prime concert venue, will allow the festival once again in 2017 to build a
bridge to audiences in Frankfurt am Main. 

Extensive accompanying programme

“Scroll, frog and nuts” – 23 selected violin and bow makers will be displaying the very best in craftsmanship in a large exhibition from 30 September to 3 October. People who would like to have their string instruments looked at or repaired or anyone who would just like to see master craftsmen at work will be able to do just that in the open workshop manned by master violin maker Ekkard Seidl from Markneukirchen and master bowmaker C Jochen Schmidt from Dresden. The exhibition will also include the renowned London instrument dealer J & A Beare, the Bärenreiter and Henle publishing houses as well as Larsen Strings, Pirastro and Thomastik-Infeld, leading manufacturers of strings and accessories.

The full programme can be viewed at www.kronbergacademy.de. Ticket sales have already begun. Single tickets cost between €17 to €58 (reduced prices for children and school and higher education students), while a ticket for the entire festival costs €295. All tickets can be purchased from the

Kronberg Academy ticket office
Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 6 (Receptur), 61476 Kronberg
Opening times: Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 14.00
T +49 6173 783377