Best classical music festivals in Europe

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Are you a classical music lover? From Topfestivales we know that many of you are, that's why we bring you a selection of the best classical music festivals in Europe, so you can expand your musical frontiers in this magical style. Do you know any of them?


Essential classical music festivals

Europe is a continent with a great cultural tradition and offers a musical variety without barriers. Baroque music, avant-garde music, opera...it doesn't matter! Europe, without a doubt, is the perfect destination. That's why, from Topfestivales, we bring you a selection of some of the best classical music festivals in Europe. They are unique events, are you really going to miss them?

Lucerne Summer Festival

The Lucerne Summer Festival is a classical music festival held since 2004 in the Palace of Culture and Congress in Lucerne, Switzerland.


This event usually takes place in September, and celebrates numerous symphonic concerts of renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra or the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In addition, you can also enjoy recitals by soloists of the genre.

This festival, which has become one of the most important festivals in Europe, has a theme in each of its editions, with which the artists and orchestras will have to get their notes on track.

Riccado Chailly, Denis Matsuev, Leonidas Kavakos, Chailly, Cecilia Bartoli or Teodor Currentzis are some of the soloists who have played on the stages of this festival.

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Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival, as its name suggests, is a music and theatre festival that has been held since 1920 in Salzburg, Austria. And you know what, this Austrian city is the birthplace of Amadeus Mozart, a key figure in the history of classical music.

This event is usually held in the months of July and August in the Festspielhaus, the opera house of the city of Salzburg itself, and you can enjoy different concerts and recitals of classical music as well as various theatrical works. In each of its editions you can enjoy a total of more than 250 performances between concerts, opera and theater.

However, despite all the shows offered, this festival stands out for the play that is performed in each of the editions of the festival in front of the cathedral of the city.LaobrasellamaJedermann, and is the only play that is repeated in each of its editions. In addition, you can enjoy free concerts on the opening weekend or the public viewing on the Kapitelplatz, where all screenings are free of charge.


Opera stars from all over the world such as Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón or Riccardo Muti, are some of those who have been present in past editions of this event. Do you dare to attend one of the best classical music festivals in Europe?

The Proms

The Proms, more than a festival, is a series of classical orchestral concerts that take place since 1895 in London, United Kingdom. Its current venue is the Royal Albert Hall, which hosts these concerts during the months of July, August and September.

Above all, this festival is known for the last concert of the event, which is known as "The last Night". A concert that annually closes the cycle of concerts of The Proms and that is very different from all the others.

This is undoubtedly one of the most famous classical music festivals in Europe and one of the most attended. To give you an idea, Laura Mvula, Paloma Faith, the Pet Shop Boys or Rufus Wainwright, are some of the artists who have debuted at The Proms.

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Port de Sóller Classical Music Festival

The Festival de Música Clásica Port de Sóller has been held since 2005 in the municipality of Sóller, in the Balearic Islands, specifically in Mallorca, and every year it reaffirms its future and popularity thanks to the large number of spectators it attracts each year. It has undoubtedly become one of the most popular classical music festivals in Spain.

This event is an unavoidable cultural appointment of the autumn for classical music lovers, since authentic masters and international artists of the genre have passed through it, such as the St. Vincent Trio of the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Vincent:

  • Vincent Trio of the Philharmonica of Berlin.
  • Evelina Dobraceva
  • Tomasz Tomaszewski
  • Nikolay Borchev
  • Alexander Zemtsov
  • Radio Sinfonie Orchestra of Berlin
  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

So, do you dare to enjoy one of the best classical music festivals in Europe?

Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival is a classical music festival that held its first edition in 1876, and has been held since then in the city of Bayreuth, Germany. Specifically their shows take place in the theater Bayreuther Festspielhaus Bayreuther, which was designed specifically for the festival.

This event has its own orchestra and choir, to such an extent that its choir has been considered one of the best choral bodies for Wagnerian works, a style of music that completely changed opera.

Oksana Lyniv ,ohn Lundgren, Asmik Grigorian, Georg Zeppenfeld or Eric Cutler, are some of the artists who have stepped on the stages of the Bayreuth Festival.

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Prague Spring Festival

Pražské jaro, or Spring Festival, is a music festival that has been held every year since 1946 in Prague. This event usually takes place around the month of May and the opening concert is held in the Smetana Hall.

This event tries to bring together in each of its editions the best performers, symphony orchestras and chamber music groups in the world. In addition, its concerts are distributed in different places of the city such as: Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, the Academy of Music, the Prague Conservatory, the National Theatre or the Wallenstein Palace Gardens, among others.

It should be noted that this festival also gives some importance to young performers as part of the festival holds an international competition. Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Dagmar Pecková or Štefan Margita, are some of the performers who have participated in this competition.

It is undoubtedly one of the best classical music festivals in Europe. What do you think?


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