At the same time as the Lofoten Piano Festival 2020 is being planned, we look back excitedly at this summer’s chamber music festival. Although the programming of the festivals is somewhat different, we use the experience between them for what we can. In addition, we receive lot’s of valuable feedback from our audience, artists and other stakeholders which are of great help. This makes it even more inspiring to create a new festival in 2020.
15 years in Lofoten
Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival 2019 was not just a festival, but also a celebration of our 15 years in Lofoten. We celebrated this a little extra. In addition to the official opening by H.M. Queen Sonja, the concert program was perhaps the best we have ever had. It had breadth, depth and variety that created a week of many temptations for many. With international artists from the top shelf, everything was delivered with high quality.
After 15 years the festival has gradually grown. Never before have we had such a good response on the tickets that were released already in January. We also set a new record for the sale of festival passes that were released before Christmas.
In addition to the main program, we had several side events. In particular, pianist Wolfgang Plagge received attention with his musical lectures. Although we have had lectures in the past, this was a new framework for both music and theme.
Concert in the midnight sun
Among other events, the string quartet Sonoro held several smaller concerts at cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, galleries and museums in Lofoten. The quartet consists of four girls aged 17 and 18 from Oslo. With the string quartet Sonoro we had a highlight in the midnight sun at Hov Gjestegård on Gimsøy.
Popular dreaming concert
What was perhaps most daring, however, was the Dreaming Concert with Wolfgang Plagge on Thursday at 1100 pm. Here we encouraged the audience to bring their own sleeping mats, pillows and sleeping bags to enjoy the music on their own terms. Something similar has never been done during the festival before. Still, approx. 60 audience members shoed up to enjoy what became not just a concert, but an experience.
Big thanks to all the volunteers
Like previous years, we cannot thank our volunteers enough. The festival would not have been possible without all the volunteers involved throughout the festival week. In order to get started, carry out, and not least finish the festival there are a number of tasks that need to be solved. Some can be planned, but very many occur along the way. They work from morning to evening to make sure that artists, audiences, concert halls are all set to create the best experiences during the festival.
Lofoten Piano Festival 2020
We are looking forward to the Lofoten Piano Festival which opens on Monday 6th of July. Keep up to date on our Facebook page. We publish information on artists, programs and tickets on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.