PIANO SUMMER

Don't stop the music!

As a cultural and European network, we want to open our eyes to other perspectives and provide impulses for the exchange of ideas and cohesion. We are looking forward to upcoming projects that we will bring to Germany, Italy, Serbia and South Africa.

PIANO SUMMER project is the festival par excellence in Southern Europe – a project that has already established itself in eight years and attracted over 8000 visitors. An unusual cultural project, far away from the safely travelled cultural highways of Europe with their accompanying folklore, which seems inevitable at classical music festivals, offers first-class musical experiences. The audience has the opportunity to experience the world stars and at the same time refreshing news from the art scene at close range.

So far, artists such as Natalia Gutmann, Gülsin Onay, Klaus Schilde, Miku Nishimoto and Goran Jurić have had the opportunity to show their skills on our stage, and the festival has not only offered successful summer academies, but also many world premieres and support programmes for the youngest.

A festival that awarded a Unesco prize to a sleepy southern Serbian provincial town far from the capital, which is now part of a worldwide network of 20 creative cities in the field of music.

The project includes numerous concerts, a summer academy and competitions to promote young talent, an artist-in-residence programme and a creative network initiative that enables young people from all over the world to participate, organise and gain experience in such a project.

Zoran Imširović
Founder & Artistic Director

Music brings people together across all borders and differences. It is able to build bridges between young and old, urban and rural, south and north, east and west – no matter how or where, it creates common ground. This unifying power of music is expressed in a particularly inspiring way in the Piano Summer Festival, which originated eight years ago in Vranje, Serbia, and will take place in three European countries in 2021.

I am convinced that the festival will succeed in bringing first-class music to a diverse and broad audience through top-class concerts outside the cultural centres of Europe and away from the established venues. Thanks to innovative concepts and a diverse and cross-genre music programme, we can look forward to an extraordinary musical experience. In addition, the Piano Summer will not only enrich the Bavarian cultural landscape with its concert offerings. The organisers are also particularly committed to promoting young talent: an international artists’ competition will provide young artists with a stage and an opportunity for creative exchange. The planned summer academy with internationally renowned lecturers also promises valuable impulses and stimuli for the participating young talents.

I would like to thank all those who, with courage, commitment and great passion, have made it possible to bring this remarkable festival to Bavaria. My special thanks go to the founder and artistic director of the festival, Mr. Zoran Imširović, the festival director Ms. Katharina le Thierry d’Ennequin as well as all those involved in the preparation, organisation and realisation of the festival. I wish the festival the success it deserves and the visitors exciting art experiences and lasting impressions.

Bernd Sibler
Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts

What would the cultural landscape of Upper Bavaria be without the diverse cultural offerings that associations regularly put together with a great deal of commitment, competence and experience? They contribute to making the people of Upper Bavaria feel culturally at home. This is also the case with the KulturBox association, which puts on the Piano Summer music festival. With its unconventional music program, it offers a summertime artistic treat that benefits locals and guests alike – and in many places, from Munich, Grünwald and Unterschleißheim to Benediktbeuern and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. As a European cultural network, the festival also builds bridges between regions: from Southern Europe, where it started, to Bavaria.

Regional art and culture are also close to the heart of the district of Upper Bavaria. It provides around 1.6 million euros annually for this purpose and was also happy to sponsor the Piano Summer.

Josef Mederer
President of the District Assembly of Upper Bavaria

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Enjoy a selections of recordings from PianoSummer performances. For more recordings, be sure to visit MusicBox page on our website.