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LUSTR is a cultural company which organises, produces and promotes cultural events, festivals and cultural programs. We are the project leader of Festivallinks. We want to contribute to the development and promotion of culture in a broad sense. Therefore want to share our knowledge and bring culture to a broader public. LUSTR has gained an expertise in working with a large diversity of audience groups. Every year, LUSTR organises Festival Classique, the Hart&Ziel Festival, the award show of the Johannes Vermeer Prijs and many more events where we aim to surprise and touch peoples hearts through classic music and other forms of art.
As artistic coordinator, Michael is the driving artistic and networking force in setting up the Festivallinks project.
Born in Austria, Michael Gieler took up the violin at the age of five and was already a member of a professional string quartet as a teenager. After completing his studies in Vienna, he was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Foundation to study viola at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
In 1993, Michael Gieler was appointed principal violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Chamber music continues to play a very important role in his life. He serves as artistic director of two concert series featuring RCO musicians: the IJ-Salon at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and Bijlmer Klassiek at the Bijlmer Parktheater. He also initiated the International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria, held for the first time in 2015.
Festivallinks attracted Professor Elisabetta Lazzaro to substantiate the findings on reaching and extending audiences through scientific research. Mrs. Lazzaro is Professor of Creative Economy at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. She has formerly been professor of cultural economics at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA and at Padua University, Italy. She will accompany the entire process and contribute the latest scientific information on developments in the classical music scene across Europe.
The Budapest Music Centre
The Budapest Music Centre is a leading venue for contemporary Hungarian music. It hosts the apartment where György Kurtág lives and the Peter Eötvös Foundation has his seat. Apart from a concerthall (250 seats) it has studios and a nice jazzclub annex restaurant. The BMC will host the starting conference of Festivallinks from 3rd till 6th of October 2018.