“It´s not just wine lovers who flock to Würzburg, but also lovers of classical music.
For 90 years Germany´s oldest Mozart festival has taken place in the Würzburg Residence. Founded only one year after the "Salzburger Festspiele" the Mozart Festival Würzburg has a long tradition and is one of the leading music festivals in Germany. For four weeks thousands of visitors from Germany and all over the world enjoy the intimate festival atmosphere and the unique architecture of the Würzburg Residenz in 50 classical concerts. During 85 years of the Mozart festival history many internationally renowned artists such as Alfred Brendel, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Gidon Kremer, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Waltraud Meier, Yehudi Menuhin, Trevor Pinnock and Jukka-Pekka Saraste have been on stage.
Actually, Mozart had actually no personal association to Würzburg. It all began with an evening of music in the year 1921 at the grand Imperial Hall in the Würzburg Residence. At the end of the evening, the conductor, Hermann Zilcher, overwhelmed by the ornate stucco and lavish surroundings said "I only needed to trace a certain piece of ornamentation with my baton in the air, and that was enough for a union between sound, architecture and colour". Such a profound inspiration could not just be passed up. It soon led to the foundation of the Mozart Music Festival.“
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