© Stift Melk, Brigitte Kobler
© Stift Melk, Brigitte Kobler

International Baroque Festival, Melk Abbey

Throughout its history, Melk Abbey – Austria’s largest baroque monastery – has been dedicated not only to spirituality, but also to music. The abbey’s musical patronage reached its high point in the 18th century.

Since 1978 the abbey has played host to a concert series specially adapted to its baroque surroundings, with a view to breathing new life into these close historical ties. Baroque music and its reinterpretation has taken centre stage at the event since 1991.

Each year around Whit, Melk Abbey is the venue for a series of early-music concerts. Singer Michael Schade was appointed artistic director in 2014. The concerts range from solo evenings to performances by 50-strong baroque orchestras, and reflect the breadth and diversity of music from the period.

Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is a long-term sponsor of the International Baroque Festival at Melk Abbey.

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