General Informations


From September 1st – 4th, ARSONORE will be celebrating the joy of chamber music, directed by Markus Schirmer. Following the success of its premiere last year, the 2016 festival is dedicated to distinguished music and literature from Russia.

Here world-class classic-stars like Vadim Repin (violin) and Boris Giltburg (piano) will meet up with ARSONORE-audience-favourites such as Benjamin Schmid, Clemens Hagen, Danjulo Ishizaka, Thomas Selditz, Andreas Woyke and Wolfram Berger. This year once again, young outstanding students from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz will share the stage of the Planetensaal hall with established chamber musicians.

Following the enormous success of “Carnival of the Animals” in 2015, to which in particular young people and families were invited, in 2016 too there’s a very charming project for the youngest, young and forever young ears. Only nine years old, the highly talented child-pianist Emil Weller meets up with Alina Fritsch, Austria’s “rising star” from Vienna’s Burgtheater. This family concert will involve gems of Russian piano performance and enchanting old tales from a multi-faceted and colourfully sparkling country.

The grand festival opening in the Helmut List Hall with our popular Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, which will this year be celebrating a resplendent festival of Sergei Prokofiev, as composer and for the first time as author too (!), will be accompanied by an unusual evening of cinema. An evening in which Andreas Woyke will improvise live piano accompaniment to the 1929 film “Man with a Movie Camera” by Dziga Vertov, named the “best documentary of all time”.

Enjoy music ranging from Beethoven to Schnittke and from Tchaikovsky to Weinberg in unusual interpretations, practically unknown material from Johannes Brahms and the Austrian premiere of an amazing piano arrangement of Shostakovich’s eighth string quartet, and much more too.

Dive with us into the centuries-old culture of a huge country and its people.