A festival of good (classical) music.

An annual autumnal musical festivity, wrapping the city of Maribor in yellow. A day, when clocks tick within bars of musical masterpieces. An evening, when one is overwhelmed by the power of music. A moment, when one is carried away by the passion of the heart.

A cradle of new sounds, a map of uncharted musical territories, a launching pad to new galaxies. A laboratory, where originality sparks and creativity explodes. A bridge between musical periods, an intersection of musical expressions.

An ocean of new acquaintances, a harbour of friendships. A precious opportunity for the first contact with classical music for children, a sublime selection of musical delights for the connoisseurs.

A festival with an excellent line-up of internationally acclaimed artists and an insightful selection of young talents.

A festival proud of its fifty-year legacy and a clear vision of the future!

Find out more about the Festival Maribor’s History.



This year the festival’s programme will be co-created by different musicians and ensembles. Foreign celebrities will represent the core of festival’s music creation as well as domestic musicians. We will also continue our cooperation with the Slovene National Theatre Symphony Orchestra and Slovenian Philharmonics Chamber String Orchestra.

Regular features of the festival’s programme concept are also presentation and promotion of young slovene artists, who benefit from working together with giants of classical music and gain a wonderful experience as well as new career references.


The concerts are held at various concert halls around Maribor and smaller venues in the area filled with history and charm, such as the Fin de Siècle Union Hall acclaimed for its superb acoustics, Vetrinj Mansion, Regional Museum Maribor, Grand Hall at the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor and General Maister Hall at Narodni dom Maribor.

The Maribor Festival is one of Europe's finest summer festivals. Rating:****

John Allison, The Sunday Telegraph (VB), 2010

The Woman Project concert was utterly brilliant and was definitely the highlight of the whole festival. [...] The surroundings of the Slovene National theatre allowed for video excerpts that interspersed brilliantly with all that went on and the concert was truly the high point of proceedings.

Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision, 2014

In this year the Festival Maribor is even more eagerly tackling the popular culture and is opening new areas of understanding between various music and art genres.

Žiga Brdnik, 14. 9. 2013, Večer

It is fascinating how a temporary, non-institutional orchestra, apparently motivated by reasons other than those of conventional orchestras, can be transformed in such a short time into a harmonious and flexible performing body with exuberant energy. It is capable of delivering outstanding interpretations of even the most demanding chamber and symphonic works.

Stanislav Koblar, Pogledi (SI), 2011

In the most sensational concert of an often sensational Maribor Music Festival week, Giovanni Sollima issued a challenge to all who think the cello is for the faint of heart… this was music that lifted the cello into the realms of the musical gods. It didn’t hurt that the cello people were partnered to breath-taking precision and intensity by the Festival Maribor strings and its miracle-working conductor, Marko Letonja.

GLaurence Vittes, Huffington Post (USA), 2011

The Berlin Orchestra - this time as a chamber ensemble - shone in moments of crystal clarity (Valse Lente by Schreker), galant enthusiasm (Mendelssohn), I was also impressed by the broad dynamic spectre which reached to barely audible lows (Valse Triste by Sibelius)

Aljaž Zupančič, 9. 9. 2013, Večer

An astounding testament to what world-class musicians can produce in a two-week period of intensive work.

Laurence Vittes, Seen and Heard International (USA), 2011

As the artistic director, Richard Tognetti exerted himself in his own manner: unrestrained temperament, virtuoso know-how, creative imagination, sense of timing, stage talent, charisma… Adding the richness of the orchestral sound – could we ask for anything more?

Janko Šetinc, Večer (SI), 2011

Richard Tognetti is one of the most characterful, incisive and impassioned violinists to be heard today.

he Daily Telegraph (UK)

When we pass the festival’s recognisable posters, my children call out to me: ‘Look, mom, it’s our friends!’ And let them become your friends too.

Petra Greiner, Večer, 2015

Classical music breaking free.

Laurence Vittes, Huffington Post (USA), 2011

Unlike the temporary nature of the Festival Maribor Orchestra, the permanent Slovenian orchestras (the Radio Orchestra and Slovene Philharmonics) can only dream of a comparable intensity or zeal at this point.

Jure Dobovišek, Delo (SI), 2011

This is a festival which I will always enjoy attending since I am always made at home by the organisers, a lively bunch of talented music lovers who surely deserve the highest accolades.

Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision, 2013

Maribor is not a city with which you would normally associate classical music of the highest quality – that accolade is normally reserved for illustrious places such as Berlin, Vienna, London or New York. But for a few days in early September, Maribor was indeed a city of excellence in all ways imaginable.

Gerald Fenech, Music and Vision (USA), 2010