In 2020 the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) organizes the third Mahler Festival in her history. By that time it will be exactly 100 years since the first Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 1920 and 25 years after the legendary Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 1995.

The Mahler Festival 2020 will bring together four of the best orchestras in the world that once were conducted by Gustav Mahler himself. The four orchestras will play all of Mahler’s symphonies, including the 10th symphony which he couldn’t complete due to his death in 1911.

The Festival will be very extensive. Besides the ten symphonies there will be vocal repertoire and chamber music in the Concertgebouw. Education will get a prominent position and the concert hall’s livestream opportunities will be fully exploited. This way the Mahler Festival can be shared internationally with a broad audience.

Amsterdam. Royal Concertgebouw.


06-05-2020 until 20-05-2020 (15 days):



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23-02-2017: Festival page

Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.

02-02-2017: Ticket sales

Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020 - Ticket sales.

00-11-2016: Article in the programme guide 'Preludium' of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO)

Photo: Matthew VanBesien (director New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO)), Jaap van Zweden (1960) and Simon Reinink (director Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO))

Translated from Dutch: Official publication in New York about the opening of the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020 by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) with Symphony No. 1. This is the first performance of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) led by its new chief conductor Jaap van Zweden (1960) in Amsterdam and the first concert of the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020. Jaap van Zweden (1960) is very enhousiast: "Gustav Mahler, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) and the Royal Concertgebouwl, and all that in my hometown!".

Through livestream the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020 will be shared with a broad (international) audience.

09-09-2016: New York Philharmonic And Jaap Van Zweden To Open Mahler Festival 2020 in Amsterdam

by BWW News Desk Sep. 9, 2016  

The New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden, who becomes Music Director in 2018, will open the Mahler Festival in Amsterdam in May 2020, presented by The Royal Concertgebouw. The New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden will perform Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in the opening concert of the festival in the Concertgebouw. The appearance will be part of the Orchestra's first European tour with Mr. van Zweden in spring 2020, the first in the Netherlands under the new Music Director, and the first performance at the Concertgebouw's Mahler Festival.

The Mahler Festival will be held May 6-May 20, 2020. This will be the Concertgebouw's third grand homage to the world-renowned composer. In 2020 it will be exactly 100 years since the first Mahler Festival was held in Amsterdam to mark the 25th anniversary of the legendary conductor Willem Mengelberg as chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The second Mahler Festival was held in 1995, exactly 25 years before the 2020 festival. The New York Philharmonic enjoys a special connection with both Mahler and Mengelberg, who both served as Music Directors. Mahler conducted several of his own works with the Philharmonic, including the U.S. Premiere of his Symphony No. 1 in 1909.

Royal Concertgebouw and New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO).

The Mahler Festival 2020 will include performances of all of Gustav Mahler's symphonies played by four major international orchestras, all of which Gustav Mahler himself conducted and which will be heard together in Amsterdam for the first time. These are: the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition, an expansive vocal repertoire and chamber music will be heard in The Concertgebouw. A prominent place will be given to education, and use will be made of the concert hall's livestream possibilities which will ensure that the Mahler Festival can be shared with a broad, international audience.

"Mahler, the New York Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw - all in my hometown! What an absolute honor and joy it will be for me to share all of this when the New York Philharmonic and I have the privilege of opening the great Mahler Festival in 2020," said Jaap van Zweden. "It will be 25 years since I played in this Festival as concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and, now in 2020, I am thrilled to be bringing the New York Philharmonic to the Festival for the first time."

"The Concertgebouw is very much looking forward to welcoming the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden at the Mahler Festival 2020," said Simon Reinink, General Manager of The Concertgebouw. "Not only because that orchestra was once conducted by Mahler, but also because it emphasizes the longstanding relationship between the orchestra and The Concertgebouw and - of course - between New York and Amsterdam."

"We can't think of a more fitting performance for Jaap van Zweden's first Europe tour with the Philharmonic than to perform in his hometown, honoring Mahler, who was such an influential figure in the history of this great Orchestra," said Matthew VanBesien, President of the New York Philharmonic. "We are tremendously excited to be coming to Amsterdam with Jaap, and thank our colleagues at The Concertgebouw for this opportunity."

Amsterdam/New York City Art and Culture Mission: The Concertgebouw is participating in the first-ever Amsterdam Art and Culture Mission to New York City, September 7-11, 2016, under the leadership of Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren. The mission, in which more than 60 art institutions are participating, is aimed at creating bonds between organizations, artists, and the two cities. After all, collaboration between institutions has a direct effect on what there is to see and do in the city and its surroundings. In addition to the artistic and economic value of art and culture, the social significance for the cities is also high on the agenda. Here, too, Amsterdam and New York can learn from each other.

About The Royal Concertgebouw

The Royal Concertgebouw is considered one of the most important concert halls in the world because of its unparalleled acoustics and wide range of high-level programming. The concert hall has a great tradition for legendary concerts by musical greats. With more than 900 activities (of which almost 80% are concerts), more than 700,000 concertgoers, educational projects, and private events annually, The Concertgebouw is one of the most visited concert halls in the world. The Concertgebouw Café also attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. Since its founding, The Concertgebouw has been a privately funded art institution with a rich tradition in the field of (concert) sponsorship and fundraising. Approximately 5% of its income comes from subsidies. A special contribution from the BankGiro Lottery is enabling The Concertgebouw to realize its ambitions in the field of sustainability. For more information:

12-09-2016: Jaap van Zweden (1960) opens Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.

Amsterdam. Article in NRC Handelsblad (daily evening newspaper), section premiere, Monday 12-09-2016 (translation from Dutch):

New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO)Jaap van Zweden (1960) opens Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.

Translated from Dutch: In May 2020 the NYPO will open the Mahler Festival in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Conductor Jaap van Zweden, who joins the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) as its new chief-conductor in 2018, will start with Mahlers' Symphony No. 1. It is the first concert by the NYPO in the Netherlands with the new chief-conductor. The Mahler Festival will take place between May 6, 2020 (06-05-2020) and May 20, 2020 (20-05-2020), 100 years after the first Mahler Festival, which was held in 1920 to celebrate the 25th conducting anniversary of Willem Mengelberg. In 1995 was a second Mahler Festival. The third festival will be very extensive, with all Mahler symphonys played by the orchestra's who were all conducted by Mahler: NYPO, VPO, BPO and the RCO. It is the first time in history there orchestras can be heard together in Amsterdam. (NRC)

12-02-2016: Participation of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO)

Amsterdam. Jaap van Zweden (1960) confirms on Dutch television he and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) will be part of the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.

06-05-2014: Press release Mahler Festival 2020 in Amsterdam

2014. Amsterdam. Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020. Press release.