Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy
Vienna – world capital of music? While the entire music world is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020, its eyes are also focused on the city where his talent originated: Vienna. The place that not only forged him, but also inspired him through contacts with great figure-heads, concerts and patrons he met there, right to his death in 1827. The love story that links Vienna to the highest spheres of musical creation began in the Baroque period, within the court and nobility. The bourgeoisie came into it later, during what has been called the “Biedermeier” period. Today, the city radiates with all genres and colours of music. Cultural tourism flourishes here more than anywhere else in the world, to the extent of serving as model for the world’s largest cities in merging and developing the association of history of music with the present times. Vienna owes its ascension to the status of world capital of music – which is not only attested in the glossy tourist industry magazines but also in the daily choice of concerts of exceptional quality and richness – to the cultural commitment of the Habsburg dynasty in the 17th and 18th centuries.