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Lockenhaus Castle © Burgenland Tourismus, Lois Lammerhuber

International Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus

Great Art in an Intimate Setting: the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, hailed by the New York Times as a European cultural treasure and one of “the two most refined music festivals of all”, transforms a small village into the center of the chamber music world for two weeks each July.


  • Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus © Guus Krol Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus © Guus Krol
The musicians who come together in Lockenhaus under the direction of Gidon Kremer find there ample space for joint experimentation. Ensembles often form at the festival just to play one composition, or established groups dissolve temporarily and reassemble with newly met musicians. The rehearsals are generally open to the public. What will actually be performed at a given concert is announced only twenty-four hours in advance, a peculiarity that audiences have become quite fond of, and one that gives the festival its special workshop character. This open-for-anything attitude extends to the music as well: classics of the chamber-music repertoire are offered as well as 20th-century works and ventures into uncharted musical territory.
Lockenhaus is situated in the middle of Geschriebenstein Nature Reserve. The “Castle Road” connects Lockenhaus Castle to Schlaining Castle, Bernstein Castle and Forchtenstein Castle. Together with the nearby thermal spas and the adjoining “Blaufränkisch land”, with its grand wine culture, Lockenhaus can offer not only a celebrated music festival but also a host of other leisure-time activities.

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