Festival founder quits after 30 years

Festival founder quits after 30 years


norman lebrecht

July 17, 2011

It was an idea that sparked between a Baltic refugee and an Austrian priest in 1981.

Yesterday, Gidon Kremer ended his involvement with the Lockenhaus Festivals, one of the most relaxed and productive events in the summer calendar, yielding some remarkable recordings. No successor has been appointed.

Dimitri Schostakowitsch*, Erwin Schulhoff - Gidon Kremer - Edition Lockenhaus, Vol. 4/5

Down the years, Kremer’s guests have included Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Andras Schiff.

Here‘s a report of the final events.