Sound Advice® visited the Lucerne Piano Festival in Nov. 2017 in Lucerne, Switzerland, and we vowed to return to this beautiful city. Like Salzburg, Lucerne can also boast of a big, lavish summer music festival, but we loved the toned-down Piano Festival because of the lack of tourists, and the high quality of artists, ensembles, repertoire and events, not to mention the beauty and accessibility of this ancient, fascinating Swiss city.
Lucerne also features a music festival in the spring, just before Easter, so we decided to try this one in April 2019. The approximate dates are April 7-14. It’s still early days for planning, but already big names and ensembles have been booked, like conductors Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Ivan Fischer, violinists Maxim Vengerov and Janine Jansen with the La Scala Philharmonic and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras, to mention just a few.
Lake Lucerne, the surrounding Alps, great music and artists, a lovely hotel close to all concert venues and museums, excellent food and wine……… and Lucerne natives tell me Lucerne in springtime is lovely! What else do you need?