Mahler Festival 2020
The Mahler Festival will be held in May 2020. This will be The Royal Concertgebouw’s third grand homage to the world-renowned composer. In 2020 it will be exactly 100 years since the first Mahler Festival was held in Amsterdam to mark the 25th anniversary of the legendary conductor Willem Mengelberg as chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The second Mahler Festival was held in 1995, exactly 25 years before the 2020 festival.
Four major international orchestras
The Mahler Festival in May 2020 will include performances of all of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies played by four major international orchestras, all of which Gustav Mahler himself conducted. These are: the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, an expansive range of vocal repertoire and chamber music will be heard in The Concertgebouw. A prominent place will be given to education, and use will be made of the concert hall’s livestream possibilities which will ensure that the Mahler Festival can be shared with a broad, international audience. Other cultural institutions in Amsterdam will contribute to the festival through several events and exhibitions.
In the upcoming months, more information on the Mahler Festival will be added to The Concertgebouw's website.