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Heidelberger Frühling

The International Music Festival “Heidelberger Frühling” 2022 will take place from 26 March to 24 April 2022.

The jubilee edition – 25 years of Heidelberger Frühling – has the leitmotif “FESTspiel” and thus continues the theme from the previous season. The Heidelberger Frühling would like to take a look at the original idea of festivals, ¬- what they are supposed to achieve, what role they play in our society. The festival as a temporary social place can contribute to strengthening cultural cohesion and social togetherness through its festival character and the communication spaces triggered by art.

In its anniversary year, the Heidelberger Frühling is therefore launching the “re:start” programme and, together with young artists, is creating a variety of musical offerings throughout the city with free admission. 

The guests at the Heidelberger Frühling 2022 will mainly be artists who have shaped the Heidelberger Frühling as companions over the past 25 years: Martin Grubinger, Igor Levit, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Gabriela Montero, Carolin Widmann, Fazil Say, Antoine Tamestit, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Danish String Quartet and the Fauré Quartet, which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. 

The chamber music focus in the festival “Standpunkte”, whose formative head of artistic planning is Igor Levit, will take place on the theme of “Dissolution of Boundaries” with 13 events from 31 March to 03 April 2022. 

The festival programme includes a total of six world premieres. Among them is the 2nd Piano Concerto by the American William Bolcom, which is dedicated to Igor Levit and will be premiered by Igor Levit and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Elim Chan in the last week of the festival on 20 April 2022.

In 2022, the Heidelberg Spring Festival will introduce new series and formats, such as the four-part programme series “Lieder für das Jetzt” (Songs for the Now) as a project of the International Lied Centre Heidelberg, which will explore the connection between contemporary poetry and the Lied from various aspects. Also new is the series “SPRINGboard”, which presents young artistic personalities and is moderated by the Classic Scouts, the festival’s youth group; the after-work format “FEIERabend” at HeidelbergCement.