Lucerne Festival

The unique musical tradition of the annual Lucerne Festival was born in 1938. Today its events rank alongside world-leading music offerings such as those of Bayreuth and Salzburg, attracting an audience of more than 120 000.

Swiss Re has sponsored the Lucerne Summer Festival every year since 1997.

In 2013, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Lucerne Festival and the 150th anniversary of Swiss Re, we joined forces with the festival and its academy to commission four pieces of music to be performed at events in Zurich, London, New York and Beijing in 2013 and 2014. Titled 'Music at Risk – across Generations', the project was an opportunity for Swiss Re to promote the creation of innovative music on a theme at the core of our business and expertise.

Since then the collaboration has come to focus on the Lucerne Festival Alumni programme, of which Swiss Re became a partner in 2016.

Lucerne Festival Alumni

They are young, versatile and eager to experiment, and they are changing the world of music: Since 2003 more than 1 000 musicians have taken part in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, among them the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and the American JACK Quartet. Most remain closely associated with the festival.

Selected former Academy students regularly return to Lucerne as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, performing not only in the regular concert programmes but also in the so-called Lounge and 40min series. Above all, they keep in contact with one other – with the help of LUCERNE FESTIVAL's alumni platform – so as to collaborate on projects of their own around the world.

Swiss Re takes an active role in planning and selecting initiatives to support, focusing on digital platforms, networks and exchange as well as international performance projects. We thus take a dynamic, risk-taking approach to supporting the classical music of the future and the people who bring it to life, with a focus on making contemporary music more accessible. To read more about LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, please click here.


Corporate responsibility

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