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Lucerne Festival and its Orchestra – the future in China and Asia

October 16, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


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Dear Members and Friends of SwissCham,

SwissCh​am is pleased to invite you to meet artistic and executive director Michael Haefliger from the renowned classical music festival LUCERNE FESTIVAL and its Orchestra.

Music that sounds like its composers imagined it. Musicians who dedicate themselves to their craft with devotion and passion. Audiences who immerse themselves in a world of sound far removed from the stress of daily life. LUCERNE FESTIVAL is what makes all this possible – and it has been doing so for 80 years.

Best Regards,
Your SwissCham Team

About the Speaker:

Mr. Haefliger

Michael Haefliger has been involved with major European festivals throughout his career, initially as an active performing artist and, since 1999, as the Executive and Artistic Director of Lucerne Festival. His career as a solo violinist included engagements in the early 1980s at such festivals as those in Lucerne, Interlaken, and Spoleto. In 1986 he co-founded the Young Artists in Concert Festival in Davos, where he served as director until 1998. From 1996 to 1998 he was moreover Artistic Director of the program of the Collegium Novum Zürich.

Since his appointment as Lucerne Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director at the beginning of 1999 (his contract has been extended until 2025), Haefliger has implemented numerous innovations and has enhanced the Festival’s commitment to the areas of new music and the cultivation of young audiences. He has moreover developed new and innovative concert formats, such as the 40min series. For each Summer Festival he designs artistic and social-political points of emphasis through a specific theme: for example, he made the role of women in the world of music the topic for dis­cussion in 2016, with its “PrimaDonna“ theme. In 2017 the focus was on the theme of “Iden­tity”, in 2018 on the theme “childhood”. Among the many initiatives for which Haefliger has been responsible are the establishment, together with Claudio Abbado, of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in 2003, as well as of the Lucerne Festival Academy with Pierre Boulez. Following the death of both of these founders, in 2016 he ini­tiated a new era for both institutions, appointing Riccardo Chailly as the new Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Wolfgang Rihm as Artistic of the Lucerne Festival Academy. In addition, he has established an international network of Friends Associations abroad, including in the United States and Japan (the American and Japanese Friends of Lucerne Festival, respectively). In the fall of 2013 he teamed with Anish Kapoor and Arata Isozaki to initiate the Lucerne Festival Ark Nova project, which involves a mobile concert hall. This innovative social project was created as a gift for the Japanese population living in the area affected by the 2011 earthquake.

Born in Born in Berlin in 1961, Michael Haefliger began studying the violin and piano at the age of six; in 1983 he completed his violin studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to study management at the Schools of Business, Law, and Social Sciences at St. Gallen University, earning an Executive MBA in 1999. In 2003 Haefliger received a scholarship (through the Harvard Club of Switzerland) to attend the General Manager Program at Harvard University. Haefliger serves as a board member on international organizations; in January 2000 he was named “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum in Davos. 2003 he also received the European Cultural Innovation Award, and, in 2007, the Tourism Award from the Lucerne Tourism Forum. In 2014 he garnered the Cultural Award of Central Switzerland and was additionally given the Badge of Honor of the City of Lucerne and the Swiss Society of New York Award.

Currently Haefliger is a board member of the Avenir Suisse Foundation, the Davos Festival Foun­dation, the UBS Cultural Foundation, and the Pierre Boulez Foundation. He serves as Chairman of the Jury for the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Michael Haefliger is an alumnus of the Juilliard School of Music, St. Gallen University, and the Harvard Business School.

Date & Time 日期及时间
15:45—17:30, Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Program Rundown 活动流程

  • 15:45-16:15 Registration
  • 16:15-16:20 Word of Welcome by the General Consul of Switzerland, Mr. Olivier Zehnder
  • 16:20-17:00 Presentation by Mr. Haefliger
  • 17:00-17:30 Networking Reception

Prices 价格

Member: RMB 100
Non-Member: RMB 200

RSVP Deadline 报名截止日期
Please register by October. 14, 2019 请在2019年10月14日前登记

Cancellation of RSVP

In case you need to cancel your attendance to the event, please write an email to: at least 24 hours prior to the event. Failure to cancel your RSVP timely will require the payment of a “no show bill” of the full amount stated in this invitation.  You can contact Nini Qi by telephone: 021 5368 1237. For third-party events, the event terms and conditions of the event organizer apply.
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October 16, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


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