THANK YOU  —  GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen would like to thank our 900-strong audience for wonderful encounters, and the community of Oberhofen, the parish of Hilterfingen and all our sponsors, partners and helpers, who supported the festival with such passion and commitment.

“The Tales of Hartmann” concert was recorded by Swiss Radio SRF2 Kultur and will be broadcast on 27/9/2016 at 22:00 in the programme “Im Konzertsaal”.

Gwendolyn Masin, István Várdai and Peter Frankl playing Schubert on Wednesday and Saturday evening. © Balázs Böröcz

GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen 2016

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The GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen 2017 will take place from Wednesday, 3 May to Sunday, 7 May 2017.


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New attendance record for GAIA music festival

This year's festival was exceedingly successful. For one week, Oberhofen, once again, became a magnet for music lovers and musicians of international standing.

The festival highlights were presented at Wednesday’s OpeningNight. 200 guests strolled from one concert venue to the next, getting into the swing of the festival.

The opening concert “The Magic of the Night”, which earned standing ovations, prefaced the festival’s concerts on the first day. Packed to the rafters, Hilterfingen church provided a fitting backdrop for the occasion. The festival’s 11 soloists – including artistic director and violinist Gwendolyn Masin – all international prize-winners, enthralled the audience with enchanting melodies, easy technical perfection and profound musicality. Commitment to the essence of the music and a shared artistic passion were tangible in the performances of the Slavic Dances or Mozart's “A Little Night Music” by the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra, Dublin. The audience was captivated by the energy and dynamism of the young musicians, aged 13 to 21. The crowning finale of the festival took place on Sunday at 5 p.m. at a concert featuring Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition” with texts especially written for the occasion by Swiss author Lukas Hartmann and read by actress Heidi Maria Glössner.

900 concert-goers flocked to the festival in Oberhofen from 4 to 8 May.

The opening concert on Thursday in Hilterfingen church, the concert on Friday in Klösterli and the Sunday matinee in Oberhofen castle were sold out. 28% of concert-goers came from Oberhofen, 16% from Thun, 15% from Berne, 37% from elsewhere in Switzerland and 4% from abroad.

For the first time, a GAIA Music boat set sail from Oberhofen on Friday and Saturday for a round trip of Lake Thun, followed by a concert in Klösterli.

Delighted with the festival's success, the organisers would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank the community of Oberhofen, the parish of Hilterfingen, and all the sponsors, partners and volunteers who supported the festival with so much enthusiasm and dedication.

GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen
Jacqueline Keller