GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen 2018

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The GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen 2019 will take place from Wednesday, 1 May to Sunday, 5 May 2019.


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The most meaningful and magical works are personally selected every year by Gwendolyn Masin and compiled for digital release in cooperation with Naxos.
The works are available on iTunes, Amazon and other online stores.

10 years of GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen

Over the past ten years 127 musicians and 10 ensembles have performed at GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen, showcasing works by 104 composers including 20 world premieres and 23 Swiss premieres.


This year’s anniversary edition of GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen has been yet another success, made possible by our loyal sponsors, partners and patrons, and created for our most important recipients: an enthusiastic audience.

The festival’s popularity could already be measured on Opening Night, Wednesday, 2 May 2018. For a mere sum of 5 CHF, 220 guests enjoyed a total of three preview concerts at Klösterli Oberhofen, the House of Music and Oberhofen Castle.

During the opening concert, entitled "Souvenir de l’Avenir", nine internationally renowned musicians interpreted masterpieces by Glazunov, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. "The long, enthusiastic ovation just didn't seem to end." (Thuner Tagblatt, 5 May 2018)

Thursday’s concert "Souvenir de l’Avenir", Saturday’s "Giardino di GAIA" and Sunday afternoon’s "Oberhöfischer Pourzuboum u anderi Wältsensatione" were virtually sold out. There were no more tickets available for Sunday morning’s "Zwei x fünf" in Oberhofen Castle nor for the concert at Parkhotel Gunten on Friday evening.

The commissioned compositions "Bourlesque" and "Andante für einen Oberhofener Purzelbaum" by Thomas Fortmann made up the final concert of GAIA TEN, accompanied by a daring, exciting mime performance by Clemens Lüthard.

Having the chance to see musicians’ faces up close turns the GAIA Festival into a rare musical experience, far from the anonymity of typical concert experiences. Here, art is very real and heart-felt. (Thuner Tagblatt, 8 May 2018)

Between 2 and 6 May, 708 guests came to concerts during the festival. 18% of them came from Oberhofen, 13% from Thun and 21% from Bern. The others undertook their journey from Basel, Zurich or Geneva as well as from Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Hungary, France and Ireland.

Read press coverage of the festival here.

The organising team would like to thank the community of Oberhofen, the parish of Hilterfingen and our main sponsors for the immensely fruitful cooperation. We are also very grateful to all our partners and volunteers who support the festival with passion and dedication, and who help to make GAIA the unique experience that it is.

The next GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen will take place between 1 and 5 May 2019. We look forward to seeing you there.

GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen