The history of the Festival Maribor spans almost half a century, mainly focusing on Baroque styles in its beginnings and gradually extending its repertoire to post-modern transformations. It evolved from Music September, an international chamber music festival, inheriting its refined programming, stellar performance standards and unorthodox organizational style.
The festival offers a unique line-up that can’t be found anywhere else, as the in-house production features concert programs and musical ensembles hand-selected by festival organizers. Acclaimed musicians from all over the world and members of exceptional Slovenian and foreign orchestras are individually chosen to form various chamber and orchestral ensembles as well as the core of the Festival Maribor Orchestra in accord with the program prepared by the artistic director.
Check main program here: http://www.festivalmaribor.si/en/program/main-program/
The concerts are held at various concert halls around Maribor and smaller venues in the area filled with history and charm, such as Maribor Castle, Ptuj Castle, Dornava Mansion, the Fin de Siècle Union Hall acclaimed for its superb acoustics, Kazina Hall and the Old and Grand Hall of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. In addition, Festival Maribor concerts in the picturesque squares of Maribor’s historic centre lend variety to the city’s atmosphere.
The annual list of festival participants includes internationally acclaimed and established artists. The heart of Festival Maribor’s music creation consists of foreign celebrities as well as renowned Slovenian musicians. The musicians have ample opportunity to exchange ideas, hone their skills working with the biggest names on the global music scene, and further their own creative potential. Over a longer period of time, such intense collective work opens up new possibilities for collaboration, such as guest appearances by Slovenian artists or reciprocal artist exchanges through partner organizations and festivals.
Festival Maribor is also a launching pad for young Slovenian artists, who get a chance to play before large audiences, gain valuable insight by working with the greats of classical music, and add a prestigious event to their list of appearances.
Why not visit us in 2015 to see it for yourself?