Utrecht Early Music Festival & Early Music Season

From 26th August.

The Organisatie Oude Muziek is responsible for running and developing two major events: the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Early Music Season.

The Utrecht Early Music Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. For ten days at the end of August, Utrecht city centre becomes the hub of the international early music sector. Since its first edition in 1982, the Utrecht Early Music Festival has presented repertoire from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, in more than 250 concerts and other events per edition, to an annual audience that has grown exponentially to more than 70,000 festival visitors. During the Early Music Festival, internationally renowned figures from the music world fraternize with talented young musicians, some of whom they coach during a series of 70 fringe concerts. The International Van Wassenaer Competition has been part of the Utrecht Early Music Festival since 2014.

The Early Music Season offers the same combination of established careers and young professionals, but the formula is radically different. Where the festival stands for concentration through the unity of time and place, the season describes the exact opposite movement: during the Early Music Season we travel around the country throughout the concert season. In this way we have been reaching a large audience of early music lovers since 1986.