In recognition of Gustav Mahler’s unique role in music, Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, hosted a Mahlerfest in 1920. For the centenary of the original festival in 2020, Het Concertgebouw will again host an international Mahler Festival – ‘Mahler’s Universe’ — featuring performances of Mahler’s works by some of the world’s foremost orchestras and singers.

Mahler Foundation is working in partnership with Het Concertgebouw to launch a special program to indicate the Foundations’s mission and projects, and to highlight Gustav Mahler’s profoundly perceptive and generous view of life and art in the spirit of our mission.

Projects and Commissions

Mahler Foundation will co-commission a series of works by contemporary composers to be premiered alongside Mahler’s symphonies. We will be presenting a two-day symposium – the Gustav Mahler Forum– exploring issues crucial to Mahler’s personal sensibilities and concerns, including the environment, cultural identity, and religion.

Mahler Award

On the occasion of the festival, Mahler Foundation will launch the Mahler Award – an international honour recognising an individual or organisation that demonstrates exceptional achievement and embodies the Mahler Foundation’s aims and areas of concern; contemporary art, youth culture, and the environment.

10 Mahler 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.