A festival that brings people together and surprises them – with lively concerts and world-class artists. This is what the Audi Sommerkonzerte are about. Even in times of social distancing.
We are convinced that the place for music is on stage and among people. Therefore, under the festival motto “Lights of Europe”, the Audi Sommerkonzerte are taking place – this summer, too. “We need music more than ever. Working with high-caliber artists, we will make Europe shine again,” says Lisa Batiashvili, our artistic director.
Together with you, we would like to celebrate a musical festival of cultural diversity and the love of playing. An open air and digital event. All concerts are taking place outdoors. And on 2 July we will stream the two concerts of “Let’s celebrate music!” live on the worldwide web. Join us!
In addition, all concerts are free of charge.
Lisa Batiashvili – artistic director
At the age of 22, Lisa Batiashvili received the highest accolade – from no less a musician than the great Alfred Brendel, who said of one of her concerts that “Every note sang and spoke: imagination and control, warmth and mastery, rigor and flexibility were in balance. Once again it was evident that the quality of great violinists is manifested at an early age.”
Even during the pandemic, the Audi Sommerkonzerte 2020 could be experienced by the people: digitally. What does this change towards the streaming of concerts mean for the artists? In the Audi talk, moderated by the BR podcaster Brigitte Theile, the artistic director of the Sommerkonzerte Lisa Batiashvili, soprano Anna Prohaska, and flutist Emmanuel Pahud discuss how digital classical music should get.
Video: © AUDI AG
Big picture (woman): © Unsplash/Spencer Imbrock
Symphony of glass: © GettyImages/Guy Lambrechts
Lights of Europe: © Unsplash/Tim Mossholder
AlgoRhythm in the genes?: © iStock/Polygraphus
Lisa Batiashvili: © AUDI AG
Translation: John Sykes, Cologne