The power of music

The Audi Summer Concert Series gets underway after a two year absence.

Back live and in person after two years of virtual concerts during COVID, the Audi Summer Concerts in Ingolstadt promise a wealth of musical excellence over the next 10 days and will aim to make a positive impact well beyond this year’s series.

30 June, 2022


“This year, we are taking each concert as an opportunity to try out something new, something that speaks its own language"

Lisa Batiashvili

Those planning a trip to Germany over the next week or so have timed their travel plans to perfection if a visit to Audi’s home base of Ingolstadt is on the cards. Starting tomorrow (our time) the Audi Summer Concerts series makes a welcome ‘live’ return after being held as a virtual event for the past two years due to pandemic restrictions.

This cultural institution has thrilled audiences since it was first held in 1990, offering up a diverse, interdisciplinary program featuring outstanding artists from all over Europe and the world. Presiding over her fourth Audi Summer series as artistic director, violinist Lisa Batiashvili has put together a program that ‘pushes the boundaries of classical music’ as well as a lineup that will feature collaborations between the different genres of classical music, jazz, and pop’.

“This year, we are taking each concert as an opportunity to try out something new, something that speaks its own language and lets us hear and experience classical music in a new way,” says Batiashvili. “We will provide a stage for the next generation of musicians and we will show how a new collaboration between young talents and great artists can sound.”

“In these challenging times, we must develop a vision together of how a better future can look. Especially now, where our European values are threatened by war, we need art and culture more than ever!”

Audi Summer Concerts Artistic Director Lisa Batiashvili.

To that end, ticket proceeds from the Audi Summer Concerts will be donated in full – to Ukraine charities that are connected in a special way to the world of music. In addition, the International Symphony Orchestra Lviv, will hold a special solidarity concert on July 6th for the benefit of victims of the war in their homeland. Other performers at this year’s festival comprise a diverse mix from various musical genres as well as classical stars like the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and her husband, Sir Simon Rattle; the ‘Stradivari legends' of the Goldmund Quartet and famous orchestras like the Munich Philharmonic and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. At one concert on the Audi premises, the Beka Gochiashvili Trio – consisting of piano, bass and drums – will play top-class jazz. At the ‘Future Sounds’ open-air concert, the Audi Philharmonic Wind Orchestra will play a mix of science fiction film classics, and the festival will end in the Ingolstadt City Theatre on July 10 with a live electric session that creates an energetic fusion between electronic and classical music.

The Munich Philharmonic under renowned Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali will kick off the concert series on 30 June.

Ticket proceeds from the Audi Summer Concerts will be donated in full – to Ukrainian charities that are connected to the world of music