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15th Gohrisch International Shostakovich Festival

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The world’s only regularly occurring Shostakovich festival.

The International Shostakovich Festival Gohrisch celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2024 from 27 to 30 June. The anniversary will be celebrated over four festival days with seven top-class concerts and a film screening. Numerous musicians will be performing in the concert barn for the first time, including Matthias Goerne, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Nathalia Milstein and Ema Nikolovska. The Shostakovich Prize will be awarded to Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, who will be present in person in Gohrisch. In addition to the oeuvre of Dmitri Shostakovich, the programme will focus on works by Modest Mussorgsky and Alexander Raskatov. For the first time, introductory podcasts will be offered in advance of all concerts. 

This unique festival in the spa town of Gohrisch in Saxon Switzerland is a true Mecca for fans of the famous Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and his works reflect the difficult living conditions during the Soviet Union. Shostakovich had a special relationship with Gohrisch. In 1960, during the first of his two stays in the town, he composed his Eighth String Quartet in C minor op. 110, which is considered one of his most important works and is demonstrably the only one that Shostakovich composed outside the Soviet Union.

In collaboration with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and internationally renowned artists and ensembles, a varied programme is presented every year in honour of Shostakovich.

This year, Dmitri Shostakovich's oeuvre is juxtaposed with works by two other Russian composers: Modest Mussorgsky was an important model for Shostakovich both stylistically and aesthetically; Shostakovich presented quite a few of Mussorgsky's works - including the operas "Boris Godunov" and "Khovanshchina" as well as the cycle "Songs and Dances of Death" - in his own arrangements or orchestrations. Alexander Raskatov brings the Shostakovich tradition into the present day: the composer, who was born in Moscow in 1953, has lived in France for many years and recently celebrated great success with his new opera "Animal Farm" based on George Orwell at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and at the Vienna State Opera.

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FestivalKultur Sächsische Schweiz FEKUSS gGmbH, 01796 Pirna
Rottwerndorfer Straße 45 k
01796 Pirna


Christiane Mörke, Karsten Blüthgen
Rottwerndorfer Straße 45k
01796 Pirna

Tel.: 03501 446475

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