In 2015 we toured France.
In 2016 we visited Russia.

Presenting our line-up for 2017, malicious gossip might have it that we’ve perhaps become a little bit easy-going or even lazy. But that’s an accusation we must categorically deny. Programmatically, we’ve simply decided to explore closer quarters somewhat more precisely and therefore just to remain in our beautiful home country. Well, almost 😉

Of course, we’re always tempted to glance or indeed peer beyond our own noses, whether geographically or, as goes without saying, artistically. “The good that lies so near” could serve as the theme for our five concerts, which once again stand out thanks to exceptional stars of the international classical scene, who will once again encounter the finest emerging artists from all over the world, studying here in Graz; a heartfelt concern for us, to which we have thoroughly dedicated ourselves since our festival’s premiere. This time we want to let AUSTRIA shine in all its colours, but, as you would expect from ARSONORE, also to open up stunning perspectives that, to date, may have remained hidden from many music and literature enthusiasts.

Let the third edition of our international music festival excite and surprise you – we’re very much looking forward to seeing you there!

Markus Schirmer
artistic director