Festival International Echternach
Since 1975, Echternach, which is situated in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, has been hosting the internationally renowned festival. Famous names like Benny Goodman, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer have performed at the festival as well as young talents and award winners from the country and abroad. Many pieces were performed for the first time in Echternach, ordered by the festival with the aim to promote young talented composers. During the months of September and October, the locality of Echternach, which counts a little bit over 5000 inhabitants, is focusing on music. The historic and cultural atmosphere of Echternach with its more than 1200-year-old history ad its many architectural jewels is the perfect scenery for the concerts which take place in the Basilica and the Peter and Paul Church. In April 2008, a modern concert hall in the new culture and conference center called “Trifolion” was added to the scene. Musically speaking the Festival ranges from medieval and classic music to jazz and world music.
The idea to organize concerts in the Basilica in Echternach came into the minds of two Luxembourgish music lovers, Georges Calteux and Dr. Jean Kraft, after they had attended a concert in an abbatial church in Spain. In the year 1975, this idea came to life and amazed friends and promoters among which the famous pianist Cyprien Katsaris, who became the artistic director of the festival and stayed in his function for over 30 years. Along with Adrien Meisch and many other idealists, the circle of friends was enlarged and the festival made its place in the cultural scene in and of Luxembourg. From 1985 to 2007, Adrien Meisch, a former Ambassador of Luxembourg, was the chairman of the Festival and is thus part of the success story of the festival. From 2007 to 2013, Georges Santer who is, for the time being, Luxembourg’s Ambassador in Berlin, was elected chairman. Since March 2013 Julien Alex is the new president of the Festival International Echternach.
The Festival is under the patronage of his Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and organized by LUXFESTIVAL a.s.b.l., in collaboration with the Echternach City Tourist Office and Haus Beda, Bitburg -Dr.Hanns Simon Stiftung.
Executive Manager: SCHOLTES Mariette
Board of Directors of Luxfestival a.s.b.l.
ALEX Julien, chairman,
CALTEUX Georges, vice-president,
MICHELS Léon, treasurer,
MEISCH Adrien, honorary-chairman
BRITTEN Ralf, ERASMY Francis, FLESCH Colette, JUNG Adrien, LOUTSCH-WEYDERT Josannette, MEYER Alain, PRIM Eugène, SANTER Georges, SIETZEN Roger, WENGLER Yves, WIESNER Ernst-Dieter,