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Music in the Giant 2017


Year after year, “Music in the Giant” brings together internationally noted soloists and top-class ensembles from the realm of classical music to Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) in Wattens. Under the artistic direction of Thomas Larcher, the finest musical quality and diversity are provided in a small, intimate space; world stars in an intimate atmosphere and encounters with traditional favorites and astonishingly new compositions.

The great diversity of string quartets and Franz Schubert’s music define the program at the “Music in the Giant” festival, which will be held from May 19 to 27, 2017 at Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) and the Business Building Brandtgut in Wattens, as well as the indoor riding arena at the Schindlhof in Fritzens.

Music in the Giant - Chamber Music Festival

The fourteenth edition of the festival, which will be held fromMay 19 to 27, 2017 will feature the Minetti Quartet, Quatuor Diotima, the Jerusalem Quartet with clarinetist Sharon Kam, the Belcea Quartet, and the Kitgut Quartet. The famous English Chamber Orchestra, appearing with cellist Nicolas Altstaedt,and the Scharoun Ensemble from Berlin will perform an expanded chamber music program. Another festival highlight is a concert for the 50-year anniversary of the Wattens School of Music.


The connections between the classical or romantic repertoire and the compositions from the 20th and 21st century are revealed by four of this art form’s leading ensembles: the Minetti Quartet, one of the outstanding young Austrian quartets, the French Quatuor Diotima, the Israeli Jerusalem Quartet, performing with clarinetist Sharon Kam, and the British Belcea Quartet. All of these were founded in the mid-1990s and have perfected their playing (together) along with their unmistakable sound over the years.

This tonal diversity on four by four strings becomes especially apparent in the works of Franz Schubert, on whom “Music in the Giant” is focusing as one of the highlights in 2017. 


Compositions from all his creative phases – from the Quartet in D major completed by the 16-year-old in 1813 up to the last work for this arrangement, the String Quartet in G major D 887 from 1826 – will be performed alongside late quartets by Béla Bartók and compositions from the 21st century. In addition to a work by the British composer Brian Elias, the 3rd and 4th String Quartet by the artistic director Thomas Larcher, as well as a new work by the young German composer Gregor A. Mayrhofer will represent the contemporary creations.



MUSIC IN THE GIANT, MAY 19 - 27, 2017

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
Swarovski Kristallwelten, Forum

20:00 50 year anniversary of the Wattens School of Music

Free entry!


SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
Riding arena at the Schindlhof in Fritzens

20:00 English Chamber Orchestra Nicolas Altstaedt


Swarovski Kristallwelten, Forum

20:00 Minetti Quartet


THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
Swarovski Business Building Brandtgut

11:00 Quatuor Diotima

20:00 Jerusalem Quartet and Sharon Kam


FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
Swarovski Business Building Brandtgut

20:00 Belcea Quartet


SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017
Swarovski Business Building Brandtgut

11:00 Kitgut Quartet

20:00 Scharoun Ensemble

Tickets & Festival Packages

Tickets & Festival Packages

Get your tickets online (German).

Tabellen Bezeichnung
Single ticket - Category A40.00 € (30.00 €)
Single ticket - Category B25.00 € (20.00 €)
Single ticket - Category C20.00 € (15.00 €)
Combi - all concerts (SOLD OUT)200.00 € (130.00 €)
Art - Cuisine - Concert
(excl. drinks, on May 26 & 27)
99.00 € (84.00 €)

1 Reduced for students and Ö1 Club-Members
Children up to the age of 15 years: EUR 10.00 per concert (excl. combi ticket)
Concert on May 19, 2017: free entry

>> Get your tickets online (German)



FESTIVAL Packages - Accomodation and TICKETs


The “Art – Cuisine – Concert” package will provide the elegant framework for Music in the Giant on May 26 and 27, 2017 by harmoniously combining a feast for the palate, the eyes, and the ears.

This exclusive evening event is priced at EUR 99.00 (discount: EUR 84.00; prices without drinks) and begins each evening at 17:00 in Daniels Kristallwelten. Café & Restaurant. After a refreshing aperitif, visitors get to explore the art treasures in the Chambers of Wonder through a guided tour, before they are pampered with a dinner at Daniels Kristallwelten. The culture-packed evening concludes with a concert visit with a ticket in the A category.


Aperitif at Daniels Kristallwelten - followed by a guided tour

Dinner at Daniels Kristallwelten (excl. drinks)

Concert - tickets category A

Reservation: +43 5224 51080

A combination of art, cuisine and concert


Taxi Service

There are taxis from Wattens to Innsbruck for a special price of EUR 5.00 per person every 15 minutes after the concerts.

Free Shuttlebus Schindlhof

For the concert on May, 20 2017 between Swarovski Kristallwelten (Wattens) and riding arena at the Schindlhof in Fritzens 

Departure (19:15 Swarovski Kristallwelten parking lot):
Kristallwelten  – Schindlhof

Return (15 min after the end of the concert):
Schindlhof – Kristallwelten – Landestheater Innsbruck


Arrival to the venues at Swarovski Kristallwelten


Arrival to the riding arena at the Schindlhof  in Fritzens


Music in the Giant 2016

the program 2016


Leif Ove Andsnes
Christian Tetzlaff
Tabea Zimmermann
Clemens Hagen


THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 

Kian Soltani
Aaron Pilsan


FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

Till Fellner

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016

Colin Currie, 
Studenten des Tiroler Landeskonservatoriums


SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016

Ensemble intercontemporain
Gregor A. Mayrhofer
Georg Nigl

Victoria Simmonds
Mark Padmore
Ryan Wigglesworth

Music in the Giant 2015

The Program 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Igor Levit, piano


Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Richard Goode
, piano


Thursday, May 28, 2015
Lars Vogt
, piano


Friday, May 29, 2015
Brad Mehldau
, piano


Saturday, May 30, 2015
Marc-André Hamelin
, piano

Heath Quartet
Oliver Heath, violin
Cerys Jones, violin
Gary Pomeroy, viola
Christopher Murray, violoncello


Sunday, May 31, 2015
Artemis Quartett
Vineta Sareika, violin
Gregor Sigl, violin
Friedemann Weigle, viola
Eckart Runge, violoncello

Cappella Gabetta
Sol Gabetta, violoncello
Andrés Gabetta, violin