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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.

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)

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.
Maestro Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) came to a top three: Andris Nelsons, Ivan Fischer (1951) and, surprisingly, Valery Gergiev. Now it has to come to an agreement with one of them....
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...
Orchestra For The Earth
On the last Sunday of the Mahler Festival (17-05-2020), the Mahler Festival spreads its wings to the pop temple Paradiso. For a concert by the Orchestra for the Earth, with music by Mahler, Knussen...
Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam
The latest information about the Gustav Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam . Including a detailed program, festival blog and photo albums .
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...

Mahler Foundation calendar

Events recommended by the Mahler Foundation.

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


  • Ten new documentaries

    On the occasion of Mahler Festival 2020, Mahler Foundation is commissioning ten new documentaries. These ten documentaries will focus on Mahler’s first nine symphonies, the Adagio of his tenth, and Das Lied von der Erde – bringing new insights, stories and points of view — allowing the audience to experience these musical masterpieces with a new awareness.
  • Marina Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam

    The Mahler Foundation and The Royal Concertgebouw are proud to announce that they are joining forces for a number of special events at the Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam. Exhibitions, commissions of new works, films and documentaries, and an international forum on the environment entitled ‘Song of the Earth’ will augment the musical performances in an innovative exploration of the man behind the masterpieces. Listen to the statement of Marina Mahler.
  • 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.