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In August 1892 a cholera epidemic struck Hamburg as Mahler was on his way there to conduct another season at the Stadttheater. Faced with possibly drastic consequences and defying orders that he return to his workplace, he decided to retreat to his summer vacation spot in Berchtesgaden until the worst was over.

We, too, must avoid an epidemic in these trying times, so it is deeply disappointing that the Mahler Festival 2020 cannot take place as scheduled this May. Mahler Foundation has worked so hard to support Het Concertgebouw in preparing this celebration of Mahler’s life and works. Our thoughts go out to all of the musicians and organizers and to all of you. 

Mission Mahler Foundation

We believe that art illuminates our essence and as such can serve as a vehicle for improving life, that awakening the imagination engenders compassion.

"But now imagine such a large work in which the whole world is actually reflected - one is, so to speak, oneself merely an instrument upon which the universe plays" - Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

A symphony must be like the world,’ Gustav Mahler said. ‘It must embrace everything.’ And he turned that far reaching thought into sound.

Gustav Mahler’s cathartic music seems to express the most extreme human emotions and reaches minds and hearts of all ages, nations and religions. Because of this, his music continues to live in the present. Mahler is a true composer of the 20th and 21st century. With Mahler’s radical thinking and his profound love of nature, we look to the young, to the future, to take these transformative impulses even further. 

24-03-2020
Mahler Festival 2020 cancelled
In August 1892 a cholera epidemic struck Hamburg as Mahler was on his way there to conduct another season at the Stadttheater. Faced with possibly drastic consequences and defying orders that he...
22-03-2020
Mahler World Map
World map with all the locations visited by Gustav Mahler. The map also contains other Gustav Mahler related locations such as the Mahler Societies and the Mahler Foundation. Link to the Gustav...
20-03-2020
Mahler Green Composer
Gustav Mahler: A green composer 'In Mahler’s time, although industrialisation was in full swing, there was not yet a tangible threat to nature. Nevertheless, Mahler was highly aware of the value of...
19-03-2020
Mahler Multilingual
In the course of 2020, the Mahler Foundation website will be available in different languages. Languages can be recognized by the small flags at the top right of the homepage.
18-03-2020
Mahler Legacy
Latest developments can be found in the Gustav Mahler legacy .
13-01-2020
The Arduous Road to Vienna...
This long awaited revised volume I completes Henry-Louis de La Grange (1924-2017) 's four-volumes. The present instalment, covering the years 1860 to 1897, traces the life and career of Mahler from...

Mahler Foundation calendar

Events recommended by the Mahler Foundation.

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Friday 22-10-1903 and Saturday 23-10-1903. Symphony No. 3, conductor Gustav Mahler, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Mahler Foundation Calender

Videos

  • Symphony No. 1

    Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor Daniel Harding. Fragment.
  • Symphony No. 2

    Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2 (brass chorale). Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor Daniele Gatti. Fragment.