Welcome to Ernen, the “Music Village”

«It takes a combination of nature and art and friendship.»

In 1974 the pianist György Sebök (1922-1999) found in Ernen the ideal place to engage with music. Over the following fifty years, his renowned master classes developed into a unique oasis of culture. The Festival Musikdorf Ernen is distinguished by the outstanding quality of its music making, the ambitious and imaginative programming, and its intimate and welcoming environment. Every summer, the mountain village of Ernen transforms itself into a cultural kaleidoscope: exciting concerts, master classes, innovative art, readings, and a writing workshop attract artists and audiences from all over the world. The Musikdorf becomes a meeting place. Between inspiration and relaxation. Innovation and originality. Food and drink. Sound and silence. Ernen is enriching - it is quality of life.

«It takes a combination of nature and art and friendship.»

In 1974 the pianist György Sebök (1922-1999) found in Ernen the ideal place to engage with music. Over the following fifty years, his renowned master classes developed into a unique oasis of culture. The Festival Musikdorf Ernen is distinguished by the outstanding quality of its music making, the ambitious and imaginative programming, and its intimate and welcoming environment. Every summer, the mountain village of Ernen transforms itself into a cultural kaleidoscope: exciting concerts, master classes, innovative art, readings, and a writing workshop attract artists and audiences from all over the world. The Musikdorf becomes a meeting place. Between inspiration and relaxation. Innovation and originality. Food and drink. Sound and silence. Ernen is enriching - it is quality of life.

Where is Ludwig?

This year the classical music world will be dominated by a special birthday - Beethoven's 250th. Ever since Beethoven put quill to paper, his music has inspired awe, respect, and terror in the composers who followed him. Many of his works and achievements enjoy an unparalleled popularity and reception. Ludwig van Beethoven has always been a regular and welcome guest in Musikdorf Ernen. But not so for the year 2020...

For the 47th concert season in this big anniversary year, our little Valais mountain village resists and declares itself a Beethoven-free zone, with his music all but banished from the concerts. Ernen will be a safe place for those exhausted by his anniversary! But perhaps, lurking in the shadows, we might also discover new perspectives on Beethoven. We ask, «Wo ist Ludwig?» In his absence, will his dominance fade, or shall his spirit continue to haunt us?   

We look forward to welcoming you here in Ernen.

«What I have in my heart and soul - must find a way out. That's the reason for music.»

Ludwig van Beethoven