Gustav Mahler music weeks Toblach


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's death in 1981, the visionary idea was born to honor his legacy through a "Musical Week in memoriam Gustav Mahler" and to reflect on the summer months of his stays in Dobbiaco since 1908 to 1910. On 13 January 1981 Herbert Santer (president), Hansjörg Viertler, Bernhard Mair, Hans Schmieder, Heinrich Walder, Joseph Trenker, Hans Mairhofer, Bernhard Lösch, Felix Dapoz, Siegfried Kahn and Andreas Walder founded the Gustav Mahler Committee and the festival experienced its promising premiere from July 19th to 26th.

The project received generous support from the International Gustav Mahler Society (IGMG) in Vienna and managed to attract an impressive group of internationally renowned personalities into the artistic direction:

In the years 1981–1983 Ugo Duse and Heinz Klaus Metzger brought the event to life, followed by Quirino Principe and Hubert Stuppner in 1984. In 1985 the management was expanded with Henry-Louis de La Grange. In 1986, Henry-Louis de La Grange took over alone, followed by Hubert Stuppner from 1987 to 1990.

The performances of these years have taken place in various places in Dobbiaco, including the parish church, the music room of the elementary school, the gymnasium of the middle school, the Trenkerhof and other idyllic places in the surroundings of Dobbiaco. The accompanying conferences took place in the parish hall.

After the division of the theory and music program in 1991, Rainer Keuschnig took over the artistic direction from 1991 to 1993. Josef Lanz has held this position since 1994. Hansjörg Viertler was elected president in 1995, while Erika Laner has held the position of vice-president since 1996 to 2022 and was responsible for press and public relations. In the meantime, new members have also been accepted: Burger Robert, Saskia Santer, Anita Taschler, Fabian Taschler, Max Calanducci, Patria Elisa and Hackhofer Michael. 
The musicological direction was in the hands of Attila Csampai (1991-2014), Hubert Stuppner (2014-2016) and Federico Celestini (2017-).

The Gustav Mahler Hall in the cultural center of the Grand Hotel has become a dedicated concert hall since its inauguration in 1999, while the scientific program takes place in the elegant surroundings of the Hall of Mirrors.

Over the years, the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks have acquired more and more importance and are today the only annual festival that has been dedicated to the work of Gustav Mahler for decades.

Some highlights of the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks in Dobbiaco:

  • 1983 – First performance at the Trenkerhof (Mahler's summer residence from 1908 to 1910) of the chamber orchestra version of "Das Lied von der Erde", in the arrangement begun by Arnold Schönberg and completed by Rainer Riehn. 

  • •1986 - World premiere of Lucioano Berio's orchestral arrangement of five of Mahler's early songs with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento under the direction of Hermann Michael and the then unknown young baritone Thomas Hampson.

  • 1987 – World premiere of "Dreamtime and Dream Interpretation, Symphonic Action for Instrumentalists in the Mountain Area, Op. 11" by American-Cuban composer George Lopez. Created for the natural amphitheater around the Zsygmondy refuge (Sesto Dolomites), it was presented there by the Ensemble Tirolese di Nuova Musica.

  • 1998 – Night concert by Uri Caine in the composition house in Alt-Schluderbach and concert in the gymnasium with Mahler improvisations by his jazz ensemble. It was published by the Winter&Winter record company with the title “Gustav Mahler a Dobbiaco” and was highly appreciated by the international press.

  • 2000 – La Fenice Theater Orchestra with Eliahu Inbal 
  •  2000 – 2004 residency of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as orchestra under the direction of Daniel Harding, Marc Minkowski and Alan Gilbert. Also in 2014 with Daniele Gatti
  • 2009 – Bamberg Symphony with Jonathan Nott
  • 2010 – German Symphony Orchestra Berlin with Ingo Metzmacher 
  • 2013 – Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Riccardo Chailly 
  • 2016 – Bonn Beethoven Orchestra with Stephan Blunier 
  • 2016 – Beethoven Orchester Bonn mit Stephan Blunier 
  • 2021- Liederabend with Thomas Hampson
  • 2022- Jenaer Philharmonie Simon Gaudenz
  • 2023- Münchner Symphoniker with Kartal Karagedik, Bariton/o Michael Balke
  • 2023- GewandhausChor Leipzig instrumentalists Gustav Mahler: Symphonie 2 

• Esibizioni di cantanti come Juliane Banse, Ian Bostridge, Christian Gerhaher, Thomas Hampson, Anna Larsson, Thomas Quasthoff, Christine Schäfer, Hanna Schwarz

• Instrumentalists come Yuliana Avdeeva, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Jan Liesicki, Viktoria Mullova, Emanuel Tjeknavorian, Peter Wispelwey, Lockenhaus on Tour, Kronos Quartett.

• High-level scientific conferences held by luminaries such as Donald Mitchell, Erwin Ringel, Erich Wolfgang Partsch, Ina Barsova, Rainer Bischof, to name a few. Transcripts of many of these conferences can be found (in original language only) at the following link:

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