The stage is set for a summer of music in and around Innsbruck, with a series of events that make the most of the region’s attractive urban and alpine environments.
The internationally renowned Innsbruck Festival of Early Music is taking place at picture postcard locations around the city including Ambras Castle and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
Promenade Concerts, the New Orleans Festival and piano repertoires and classical concerts in the heart of the mountains are also featured.
Peter Unsinn, Markets and Insights Manager at Innsbruck Tourismus, said: “Innsbruck has long been a destination for music lovers, and this year we’ve included new and exciting performances and events to ensure our guests can enjoy high quality, inspiring entertainment.
“We’ve worked to include opportunities for visitors to really feel the variety of the region, taking in the surrounding mountains, historic buildings and other stunning locations as a unique backdrop.”
Visitors can be in the heart of the city in several hours after departing from Britain, with flights throughout summer from major airports. From there they can then make use of an exceptional public transport system, including regular buses and trams, and even cable cars, to easily reach the wide variety of locations where performances are being held.
The Welcome Card continues this benefit of connectively, offering visitors with a stay of two nights free public transport in the city and the Innsbruck region, as well as free guided hiking and e-biking, while a stay of three nights or more includes four free cable car journeys.
Information on the musical events and holidays in the Innsbruck region can be found at: innsbruck.info/en/
Musical highlights in the Innsbruck region during summer 2022 include:
25 June – Innsbruck/Mutteralm
1965- Classical Music on the Mountain (Klassik am Berg)
The Tyrolean chamber orchestra InnStrumenti open-air summer concert Klassik am Berg (Classical Music on the Mountain) is being held on Mutteralm, which overlooks the city. Guests can bring a folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy this stunning location.
July and September – Innsbruck Old Town
Free Pop-Up Concerts of Early Music
The Pop-Up Concerts of Early Music contains wonderful compositions and highly varied works. A range of public spaces in Innsbruck’s old town will act as venues for the free pop-up concerts, held at 11 am each Friday in July and September.
1 July – Innsbruck/Nordkette
Katie Mahan: Piano Passion on the Top of Innsbruck
Katie Mahan is an up-and-coming American pianist based in Salzburg whose repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Gershwin and Mozart in particular. Always on the lookout for special locations for her performances, she has found an exceptional venue for her wonderful music on the Hafelekar peak. Katie’s summer concert is at an altitude of more than 2,000m, offering a unique concert experience on the ‘Top of Innsbruck’.
3-31 July – Innsbruck/Inner Courtyard of Innsbruck’s Hofburg Palace
27th Innsbruck Promenade Concerts
In the atmosphere provided by the inner courtyard of the Imperial Palace, famous orchestras from 11 different nations will come together in a series of first-class open-air concerts. Surrounded by the charm of balmy summer evenings, the location will be transformed into a magnificent stage, and will continue a tradition of performances started in 19th century London, Paris and Vienna.
International orchestras (military and non-military), brass wind ensembles, brass bands, big bands and symphony orchestras will all be appearing on the varied programme of the 27th Innsbruck Promenade Concerts.
12 July–28 August – Innsbruck
46th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music
The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music is one of Europe’s most renowned festivals of Baroque music, with Renaissance and Baroque music taking centre stage over a few weeks. Historic venues, ranging from Innsbruck’s Ambras Castle to the Hofburg, the Imperial Palace, will host more than 50 events, offering listeners exceptional musical experiences of the very highest quality.
21–24 July – Innsbruck
New Orleans Festival
Markus Linder, founder of Innsbruck’s iconic New Orleans Festival, will once again be creating a ‘Southern States’ ambience in the heart of the Alps. The entertainer and passionate musician has become a master at transforming Innsbruck’s alpine-urban atmosphere for a few summer days into what feels like an open-air jazz cellar. Well-known stars from New Orleans meet local acts and swing together in a mix of rhythm’n’blues, funk, soul, blues, Dixieland, gospel and spirituals.
8–25 September – Innsbruck & Schwaz
Founded in 1993, the Klangspuren Festival stands for a musical and thematic diversity that is unique for a festival of new music. This September will see a total of 19 concerts held at various venues in Innsbruck and Schwaz. The musical spectrum of this year’s 29th edition of the festival will be extended in both stylistic and aesthetic terms through unusual artistic collaborations in the fields of jazz and pop. Visitors will once again be delighted by the festival’s numerous premieres and first performances.